- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (16 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906373582
- ISBN-13: 978-1906373580
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,949,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dead Pretty Paperback – 16 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Roger Granelli has published five novels, he has been the recipient of three writing awards from the Welsh Arts Council, was a prize Winner in the 1999 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and has had numerous short stories published in literary magazines, some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio. He is also a professional musician and composer, working in the UK, Europe and America for many years. He is currently teaching music in his home town of Pontypridd.
Top Customer Reviews
One comes away with the impression that RG is making the crossover from mainstream writer to genre thriller writer; a talent for which he displayed in his first novel, Crystal Spirit, and which he continued with Out of Nowhere. Although neither could be classed as conventional genre thrillers in the vein of Dead Pretty, the flair for drama combined with an introspective approach to character development is clearly apparent. This approach to character development, while not unique, is something of a trademark of Granelli as while most thriller writers are satisfied with painting a picture of their protagonists as others see them from the outside in, Granelli's not satisfied until he has grown his characters from the inside out, quirks, insecurities, obsessions and all... When thinking of comparisons to make my mind can only unearth Daniel Hecht's "Skull Session".
While in this particularly literary milieu he initially seems a little lost but manages to find his way quite quickly and I look forward to further instalments and a rapidly steepening learning curve, especially since some other writers (who I dare not name) seem to be doing the literary equivalent of painting by numbers now.
Essentially, it's a violent thriller about a guy who was a delinquent teen, having "grown up" and accepted responsibility for his actions and become a Private Detective, who comes home from a job to discover his suspiciously beautiful girlfriend has been evicerated on his bedspread. Cue revenge scenarios, chases and lots of nasty blood-shed and soul searching. Pretty standard fare, one might suppose, but Granelli is an author with a cohesive style, tight and effective, and a pretty decent grasp of the dark places of the psyche. That Mark Richards is pretty much an illiterate operating on instinct and intuition rather than logic or intelligence did distance him as a protagonist, but he is still unshakeably realistic and comprehensively drawn. The plot is firm and solidly built, and it is relevant to the times. Granelli should appeal to readers of grisly realistic thrillers, and is possibly the best such author to revel in his Welsh roots. And I liked it!
Dead Pretty is full of taut, descriptive prose, a page turner but full of interesting detail and character delineation as Mark Richards tries to track down his girlfriends killer. It's packed with grisly killings as Richards tries to extract revenge and ends up in an amazing kill or be killed scenario. Despite the subject matter Dead Pretty is never less than very well written. Granelli seems able to bridge that gap between literary and commercial writing. I've never seen why so many literary establishment figures seem to think that crime writing cannot also be great literature. I think this book is. A word of caution. Don't stray towards the end pages, because there are two great twists to a great plot. I thoroughly recommend this book. Excellent.!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dead pretty is a gritty, dark tale with a good plot, great characters and an awesome setting. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!Published 17 months ago by ian
It was an ok read, didn't really hold my attention and was forgettable even though I finished it...not bad thoughPublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by BigG
This is the first Roger Granelli book I have read. I loved it. It was so gripping, it had my heart beating as if I were there with Mark.Published on 31 Aug. 2013 by C. Brown
A very good thriller really enjoyed it and would read more of Franklin's work great for a free kindle readPublished on 3 July 2013 by canberralover69
good book this. well worth getting for the gritty start and worth getting the other books in this series by this authorPublished on 12 May 2013 by archerboy
Mark Richards is a private investigator, a Valley kid from the estates whose brother was kidnapped as a child, a disappearance never solved. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by Mark West
Having read Granelli's The Lost Ones I was hooked on the central character Mark Richards so I thought I'd have a look at his previous Richards book. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by NT