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Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace 9)

Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace 9) [Kindle Edition]

Peter James
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Praise for the Roy Grace series: 'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business' Karin Slaughter 'James just gets better and better and deserves the success he has achieved with this first-class series' Independent on Sunday 'The tense plot is laced with fine humour ... never before has Brighton Pavilion appeared so sinister. James is on top form' The Times 'One of the most consistently readable crime writers, James seems to have shifted a gear with this latest meaty offering featuring his excellent Brighton detective Roy Grace' Daily Mail 'Peter James is on a roll with his Roy Grace novels ... an authentic, well-researched and compelling read' Daily Express 'Another of James' sophisticated, complicated and well-informed snap-shots of the Brighton police at work ... His research is obviously careful. It's well worth the effort, as the result is a superior thriller' Literary Review 'Peter James has established a series that is taking over from Ian Rankin in sales' Front Row, Radio 4 'Meticulous research gives his prose great authenticity ... James manages to add enough surprises and drama that by the end you're rooting for the police and really don't know if they will finally get their men' Sunday Express 'The latest crime thriller from Peter James is just as gripping and detailed as ever -- you'll be hooked!' OK! 'An incredibly gripping tale' WeLoveThisBook

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A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying, and millions taken in valuables. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one item, of priceless sentimental value, that her powerful family care about, above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.

Within days, Grace finds himself following a murderous race against the clock that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe and back in time to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the power of one man’s greed and another man’s fury.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (847 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top cop, top plot this is a winner! 6 Jun 2013
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've spent the day totally engrossed. Roy Grace is back and Peter James is at the top of the game again with a plot which, unexpectedly, starts in New York in 1922. I was a little disappointed by one of the recent books in this series. Grace, although beset by his missing wife 'baggage', was on the brink of becoming comfortable and the plotting was less convincing and a little predictable.

But make no mistake, this tale blows you away. Gangland New York sets the scene; from there the plot and characters move seamlessly back and forth in 'soundbite' style chapters, weaving together the links and intricacies. Every character is plausible. I could 'see' the seedy and slightly down at heel antique knocker as a person. I could smell fear when things went wrong. The truly chilling Apologist is in a league of his own. Peter James has created a series where the characters have dimension and relevance. The reader can understand and empathise with their conflicts and is interested in how the key characters develop and move on in their lives. Grace, the career cop, has a new family. We can appreciate what that means to him and understand his motivations and the difficulties that difference in responsibility brings. Tension builds palpably. The plotting is both creative and compelling and the climax is gripping.

For me, Peter James is one of a handful of writers who has mastered the complexity of plot and pace. This story has both, in spades. Intrigue and suspense supported by real dialogue that flows from one page to the next and you have everything for a totally compelling tale. I was totally involved and my only disappointment isthe wait for another one. Brilliant read, loved it!

Edited to add, whilst this is the most recent in the series, it works well as a stand alone read; sufficient backfill for a new reader to follow the threads of subplots which runs through the series.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, but still a little annoyed! 2 July 2013
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
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, Peter James and Roy Grace, where do I begin? I have read all of the books in this series and am normally gripped by each and every book I read. When I read the synopsis for this one I really wasn't sure. I was (as usual) to be proved wrong. This latest Roy Grace novel starts out with a vicious robbery at a Brighton Mansion and millions of pounds worth of antiques taken. It also leaves an elderly woman, Aileen McWhirter, fighting for her life. Roy Grace and his team lead the enquiry when the woman dies from her injuries and her brother Gavin Daly gets involved.

There is one item that is absolutely invaluable to Gavin, and although he is now well into his nineties he is still a force to be reckoned with. The invaluable item is a specific watch and the story, believe it or not, all revolves around the watch. I'm not one for major spoilers so will go no further with the storyline or plot.

What I will say is that Peter James is an awesome writer, however, there is one thing that is driving me insane. If, like me, you follow the series there has been an element to each book regarding Roy's first wife Sandy who has been missing for over 10 years. This is the thing that is the cause of my angst. I really think the storyline concerning her needs to be dealt with and then finished, or dropped altogether. I feel like it has gone on for far too long and to the point where it's lessening my enjoyment of the book. This particular book tells the story of Roy Grace and his team now, and the past concerning Gavin Daly and his family which forms part of New York's gangs in the 1920's. This alone, was done with skill and the story had me gripped from start to finish. However, every time Sandy get's mentioned I feel like hurling my book into a wall.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed on this occasion 11 July 2013
No one can doubt the skills of Peter James as a fine crime writer. Dead Man's Time did not really tick the right boxes of what I expect of the author. Not Dead Yet is a much better piece compared to Dead Man's Time. The build up to the novel is incredibly slow and tedious. The momentum of the novel picks up at some point, but dries down later. The novel tackles the area of petty crime within the antique world. It paint the characters within the trade in a negative and stereotypical light. There is needless waffle throughout the novel, as the writing becomes repetitive. It feels though the author struggles to put pen on paper. DS Grace is a strongly represented character. The attention to details of police procedures is insightful. Pace of the novel needed to pick up much quicker as it did in earlier pieces. I did not find the novel compelling and gripping enough, to maintain my interest. Three stars is a fair reflection on this occasion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P.J. Just gets better. 27 Jun 2014
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These stories just get better. I have enjoyed all the "Grace" novels and am amazed that P.J. can come up with an incredible and different story each time. This one is grounded in Brighton but starts and finishes in New York. We learn about the changes in the lives of the principle characters so the threads from the previous novels are still being woven together. Sandy is still around. I know some fans are fed up with the constant reemergence of this character but I am fascinated and wonder where it will all end. Also there has been a new and for me unexpected twist regarding Sandy and another person from a previous story! I won't comment further not wishing to give a spoiler here.

But this is an emotional story which in some ways is so tragic for one particular player in the story. There is also danger for Cleo and her baby, again I won't say more. I was spellbound to the end and just when I thought the whole story was wound up there was a last minute twist! Again no further comment, I hope it whet's people's appetite for reading this amazing story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My local novellist writes another good story
Another good read from Peter James. Enhanced by local knowledge of the areas he refers to, the plot and storyline are gripping
Published 3 days ago by JM Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 8 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book
Published 8 days ago by Mary Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars This is my first PJ novel which came highly recommended. It was a good...
This is my first PJ novel which came highly recommended. It was a good read but maybe I need to read his earlier work to catch up. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Roys Brighton
Excellent read, I have come to the conclusion that for me, Peter cannot write quick enough. Carry on the great stories.
Published 13 days ago by Phil Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very Good, worth a read !
Published 15 days ago by Rachael Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roy Grace stories get better and better.
The Roy Grace stories get better and better. I have read them all.
Published 19 days ago by John Aspin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Up to his usual high standard. Pity the next one lets him down.
Published 20 days ago by Mr. William B. Laidler
5.0 out of 5 stars Have really enjoyed all the Roy Grace novels by Peter James
Have really enjoyed all the Roy Grace novels by Peter James. Characters and plots are always really good and all have been good reads.
Published 22 days ago by BEVERLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man`s Time
I'm always happy to give a Peter James book the best rating, because his stories are always so enjoyable. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Zak2Hartley
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