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Despite his triumphs in a variety of endeavours (including film producer and horror novelist), Peter James’ current career as a writer of highly adroit crime novels has effortlessly assumed centre stage (James has long maintained that he was always essentially a crime writer). Such books as Not Dead Enough have revitalised the tired genre of the police procedural, powered by James’ sympathetically characterised copper Roy Grace. The author’s ace in the hole is, of course, his machine-tooled plotting, and that skill is well to the fore in Dead Tomorrow, quite the most authoritative entry in the series yet.
A teenager's body is recovered from the sea off the cost of Sussex, with vital organs excised. Two equally grim subsequent discoveries follow. At the same time, another teenager, Caitlinn Beckett, lies in a Brighton hospital; she will die if she is not the recipient of a liver transplant. The National Health Service cannot help, and Lynn, Catlinn's mothers, turns in desperation to clandestine sources. DS Roy Grace, on the trail of the killers of the dead teenagers, discovers a sinister cadre of Eastern European child traffickers. And here Peter James dispatches his usual peerless orchestration of suspense as two elements coalesce: can Roy Grace prevent another child death – and how far will the distraught Lynn Beckett go to save the life of her daughter?
Dead Simple, the first book in the Roy Grace series, immediately demonstrated that James was not content to simply reheat the clichés of the genre, and Looking Good Dead showed a similar willingness to reinvigorate the genre. Dead Tomorrow, the fifth entry, keeps up the momentum (with the usual vivid evocation of Roy Grace’s – and Peter James' – Brighton). Of course, if the police procedural field does nothing for you, there's nothing to say. But aficionados will be in seventh heaven. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An exciting, fast, satisfying read. --Eurocrime
One of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters. --The Daily Mail
A difficult start as there are so many story lines that you can't tell which way the story will go.Published 7 days ago by susan willey
Just brilliant! As are all the books in this series.... So far! On book 7 now - can't put them down. So cleverly written.Published 7 days ago by Janice smith
I like all of these books, this was a bit too predictable, but still enjoyed it.
Looking forward to the next one.
Another great read from Peter James. Always want to read a little more and it was difficult to put down.Published 17 days ago by Angie
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it is the 4th I have read and in my opinion, the best so far.Published 17 days ago by S. J. Rees