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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230747256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230747258
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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

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'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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257 of 266 people found the following review helpful By Midnight on 27 May 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Symcox on 30 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By A. Humphrey on 19 Mar. 2012
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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 By Maggie SW20 on 15 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Yardley on 15 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read all seven Roy Grace novels and must say that I've enjoyed them. There are however a number of niggles that seem to be growing as the series continues.
The author does credit the Brighton Constabulary and spends a lot of time with them. This seems to have led to a very pretty picture of his local force, all highly motivated, professional and dedicated. I am sure once they leave work, outside of church services, they all spend their time doing charity work and helping old people cross the road! Where's the reality here? No corruption, corner cutting, cursing etc? Anyone who's been involved with the police (both sides of the fence) will know the reality!
The dialogue between Branson and Grace is becoming tedious... if I hear the nickname "old timer" again I'll scream! Blimey, Grace is only in his early forties. With both men having gone through a lot of personal turmoil there could be some good dialogue between them rather than the same old stuff from novel to novel.
Cleo. I've come to the conclusion that all women that deal with dead bodies and post mortems are pretty damn well gorgeous. They're all past the first blooms of youth but perfect for the middle aged forty something copper (I'm very partial to the one in TV's Lewis). If only I was a policeman I'd be hanging out in the local mortuary!!
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The way Grace found out about the final killing ground was odd. Not through good policework but just handed to him on a plate. It almost seemed to me the author was struggling to get a connection and just plucked one out of the air? It left me a little disappointed. Also the way the story was wrapped up with the dogfood was pointless to the point of gratuity.

I have really enjoyed this series to date but Mr James really does need to pick up the batton for his next effort (maybe too late, I believe it is released this spring/summer) otherwise I think the series is lost
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace may be one of my favorite characters in a mystery, police procedural thriller. It is difficult at times to define Peter James's writings, at times mysteries, combined with police procedural and both thrillers. I have followed DS Roy Grace,who works in his beloved, Brighton, about an hour outside of London, and in this novel discovered that his fiancee thinks he looks like Paul Newman. Yes, he is one of those policemen that you want on your side, good looking or not. He is thorough, effective, looks at every detail, and will do whatever it takes to get his man.

A horrific accident involving three vehicles and a bicyclist lead to a series of events that cause more murders and mayhem, and it takes all of DS Roy Grace's wiles to put everything in place. Carly Chase, a divorce lawyer, newly widowed and with a teenage son, Tyler, is driving to her office after a night of heavy drinking. Stuart Ferguson, a driver for a Scottish salmon farm, is driving to Brighton to deliver his wares. Ewan Preece, on the cusp of being released from prison is driving a stolen white van. All of them arrive at the same place,at about the same time, and one of them kills a young man who was bicycling to his graduate class.

In the midst of this tragedy, DS Roy's fiancee, Cleo, is having difficulty with her pregnancy. Those of you who have read all of the novels involving Roy Grace, know that his first wife, Sandy, has gone missing and it is now 10 years. We are given a glimpse of what may occur in future novels with the missing Sandy, but that is enough of that. The young college student who was killed, turns out to be the grandson of the King of the Mafioso in New York.
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