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Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace 7)

Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace 7) [Kindle Edition]

Peter James
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Sometimes authors can mount an all-guns-blazing, full-frontal assault on the bestseller charts, achieving success by bludgeoning their way to the top, utilising well worn, unchallenging methods that can always be guaranteed upon to achieve crowd-pleasing results. But there is another approach, and it is the one adapted by the talented Peter James. By the straightforward expedient of using carefully crafted, well honed narratives with a strong sense of place and a sure grasp of character, James has slowly but surely worked his way towards an almost unassailable position as one of Britain's best-loved crime writers. That sense of place, of course, is located in Brighton, the increasingly fashionable setting just an hour's train journey from London, and over the course of his novels, James is proving to be as adroit chronicler of that town as Graham Greene in Brighton Rock (although James has yet to write a novel quite as intense as Green's masterpiece -- a fact that he would no doubt admit, as Greene's novel is a particular favourite of Peter James). And the character that James locates here is his tenacious copper Roy Grace (shortly to be incarnated in a long-overdue television series). Dead Man's Grip is a particularly gripping entry in the Grace series, although to say that it is not massively different from other books in the sequence is simply to note that James has shown a remarkable consistency over all the Roy Grace books.

Here the detective is involved in dark developments after a young woman is traumatised in a fatal traffic accident. The accident has resulted in the death of student – but then the drivers of other vehicles involved are discovered tortured and killed.

The fact that Peter James has built up considerable storytelling skills over the years is hardly an accident; had he not written a single Roy Grace novel, he would, of course, be remembered for a series of highly professional supernatural outings (recently reissued with covers that rather cheekily suggested the books are like his more recent work). But his most signal achievement is to keep us comprehensively engaged in the increasingly overfamiliar field of the police procedural. Not an easy task, but one that James pulls off with aplomb. --Barry Forshaw


'Followers of the hypnotic Grace series will be intrigued... James's real skill is to turn an ordinary confluence of events into a credible horror story. As always, he has delivered the must-read crime novel of the summer.' --Daily Mail

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Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer, before returning to England. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. His writings reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or. Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and Dead Simple won both the 2006 Prix Polar International award and the 2007 Prix Cœur Noir award in France. Looking Good Dead was shortlisted for the 2007 Richard and Judy Crime Thriller of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for both France's SNCF award and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policère. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Sussex.

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254 of 263 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DS Grace thrills again 27 May 2011
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I had pre-ordered this as I am always waiting for Peter James' books to be published. It was delivered to my kindle just after midnight on publication day so I couldn't wait for the opportunity to read it.

It's the seventh novel in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series and once again is set around Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas.

I hate it when reviews give away the storyline so a very brief synopsis:
A teenage student has been killed in a fatal multiple car accident. Other drivers involved in the accident are later found tortured and murdered. DS Roy Grace and his team investigate and try to protect another driver involved in the crash.
Roy's problems in his personal life continue..........

Peter's books are always well researched and give readers a detailed and enthralling tale. I find his style of writing highly readable as he gently leads you through the story and transports you into a world of intrigue and drama.

This latest offering is well worth the read and I certainly recommend it.

If you haven't already discovered the thrill of reading the Roy Grace series, this is a list of the order:
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
Dead Man's Footsteps (2008)
Dead Tomorrow (2009)
Dead Like You (2010).

Although it's not essential to read them in order, it does mean you can follow the progression of DS Grace's personal story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chris's review 30 Dec 2011
Peter James has maintained his high standard. I have enjoyed all his previous Roy Grace books and was looking forward to this one. I found the book a little slow to start and wondered where we were going then - wham - it all fell into place and it became a real page-turner. Would recommend this book to anyone who is undecided.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read... 19 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the second book by Peter James I have read and as with the first book this one got me gripped from the start and kept me turning the pages at pace throughout.
I like how the author gives us a chance to get to know the detective and learn about his private life inbetween the crime solving.
A very good read...would recommend and I look forward to reading more from Peter James.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome but with dark humour 15 Sep 2012
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Having read " Perfect People " by the same author, I was keen to read another. This was rather better, well paced, draws you in from the start with a nasty road accident. The story develops into a series of gruesome murders, some cross Atlantic chases - and ends with a neat twist, will not spoil by revealing this ! well worth reading
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and competent? 11 Sep 2011
Like many reviewers, I've read all of the Roy Grace books. Some have been better than others, hence my not rushing to get hold of a copy of Dead Man's Grip as soon as it was published. I did enjoy this latest offering but some of the enduring themes in the series are starting to grate. The love-in between Grace and his protege Branson was less pronounced in Dead Man's Grip, which was a relief, but the constant and sometimes extensive descriptions of how attractive the female characters are is really starting to irritate this reader. Even the odd woman who isn't careful with her appearance could, according to a male character, "be one attractive lady" given a makeover. The author has a similar tendency to ascribe a high level of competency and commitment to anyone in the orbit of Sussex police. Is no-one associated with the police plain ugly, useless or just burnt out and disinterested? It would appear not. I also find the interaction between Grace and the absurdly named and impossibly perfect Cleo Morey mawkish. Some of the dialogue between these characters, for example, Grace telling Cleo he was going to arrest every piece of brie in Brighton after she told him she fancied brie more than she fancied him, is just risible.

This said, Peter James does tend to come up with a decent storyline and I was eager to see what happened. In virtually all crime fiction you have to suspend belief and take it as entertainment. In Peter James books, the real effort comes from having to plough past some of the characterisation and dialogue.

Despite the negatives, I would recommend Dead Man's Grip as a decent page turner for anyone who enjoys crime fiction.

I hope in the future some of the characters will become a bit less one dimensional.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read in the series 26 May 2011
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Just finished the new book, great read and with so much going on. Without ruining the plot for others I will only say the saga of Sandy moves on with some shattering developments !!
The strong storyline and beautifully paced plot will have the reader spellbound. I really enjoyed the book and as with all the series of Grace story-lines the attention to detail and police procedure
is legendary. The locallity of much of the story set around Brighton remains a huge plus for the books and this one will not disappoint. I have no hesitation in recommending this book as a must read
and if you have not read any of the other books in the Roy Grace series this one will definately wet your appetite.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All very boring and repetitive 2 Sep 2014
I haven't read anything by this author for a while and had this been the first time, I wouldn't bother again. This book was quite frankly, absolute rubbish. It is not giving anything away to say that the accident is quickly established not to have been a 'hit'. After which, the story is little more than a standard police procedural, about how they track down stolen/missing cars, people etc. All very boring and repetitive. The narrative, such as it is, is constantly broken up by every character having to be described in tedious detail, what they look like, what they are wearing, their height etc. None of this adds anything to the proceedings.
Cleo is as one dimensional as ever. She is pregnant and of course, having problems which at one stage threaten to take over Roy's already tenuous grip on the case. Then she is forgotten as he turns into hero mode to rescue the hostage in a ridiculously melodramatic finale.
One of the characters, despite being in extreme danger, goes to New York to try and reason with the parents of the accident victim. She just happens to be able to fly at short notice and the scenes between her and the family are beyond ludicrous, not to mention offensive, lazy stereotyping.
Roy's missing wife appears from time to time, spouting vacuous mantra about how best to get through the day. She seems angry with Roy wanting to have her declared dead, apparently forgetting she walked out on him and 'disappeared'. Either bring her back properly or keep her missing without trace. I can't be bothered to find out but it is clearly a plot device to bring future trouble to Roy and Cleo. Who cares?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 1 day ago by Caroline Large
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
the best of roy grace yet .still have 8 and 9 to read
Published 2 days ago by roy white
1.0 out of 5 stars Toothless to the end.
The most boring, amateurish and painfully dull book I've read in years. Virtually zero character development and plot. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mark Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner!
Again, another in the Roy Grace series I just could not put down! Excellent ending and now can't wait to start the next in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read!!
Thrilling from start to end , I'm hooked on Roy Grace, what a character!
With plenty of twists & turns, this book does not disappoint. Another great read groom Peter James. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As with every other book by Peter James this is a fantastic read from start to finish leaving the reader wanting more
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Yet another exciting Roy Grace story. Peter James' writes such credible characters, with sharp paced story lines in riveting detail. Read more
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