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Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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It's a tricky proposition, changing horses midstream. And with Looking Good Dead, Peter James continues to do just that. The author’s reputation as a purveyor of subtly chilling horror and fantasy had been carefully built up over many years, and James had few British peers in this field. But that is not quite the compliment it sounds, for the horror field is in one of its frequent slumps at present, and apart from a few American giants such as Stephen King, some highly talented figures have languished, in some cases even forfeiting their publishers. It's possible that Peter James saw the way the wind was blowing, and decided to move on from his hitherto lucrative horror work, returning to the crime arena (in which he’d worked before) with the adroit Dead Simple, the inaugural book in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. If DS Grace was cut from a familiar cloth (copper struggling with psychological problems), the plotting was innovative and fresh.

And so it’s proved to be once again with Looking Good Dead. Tom Bryce picks up a CD which has been left behind on a train seat, but when he attempts to track down the owner, he finds himself the only witness to a savage killing. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences for Bryce, and the lives of both he and his wife are threatened--by a notification on the Internet, no less. When DS Roy Grace becomes involved, he finds himself up against a malign group of very well organised criminals.

As in Peter James’ previous outing for Roy Grace, the plotting here is the thing. James addresses the crime genre as if he had never been away, and although Grace is, to be frank, not strikingly different from any other literary coppers, few people will complain when James’ storytelling acumen is as authoritative as it is here.
--Barry Forshaw

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It's a tricky proposition, changing horses midstream. And with Looking Good Dead, Peter James continues to do just that. The author’s reputation as a purveyor of subtly chilling horror and fantasy had been carefully built up over many years, and James had few British peers in this field. But that is not quite the compliment it sounds, for the horror field is in one of its frequent slumps at present, and apart from a few American giants such as Stephen King, some highly talented figures have languished, in some cases even forfeiting their publishers. It's possible that Peter James saw the way the wind was blowing, and decided to move on from his hitherto lucrative horror work, returning to the crime arena (in which he’d worked before) with the adroit Dead Simple, the inaugural book in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. If DS Grace was cut from a familiar cloth (copper struggling with psychological problems), the plotting was innovative and fresh.

And so it’s proved to be once again with Looking Good Dead. Tom Bryce picks up a CD which has been left behind on a train seat, but when he attempts to track down the owner, he finds himself the only witness to a savage killing. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences for Bryce, and the lives of both he and his wife are threatened--by a notification on the Internet, no less. When DS Roy Grace becomes involved, he finds himself up against a malign group of very well organised criminals.

As in Peter James’ previous outing for Roy Grace, the plotting here is the thing. James addresses the crime genre as if he had never been away, and although Grace is, to be frank, not strikingly different from any other literary coppers, few people will complain when James’ storytelling acumen is as authoritative as it is here.
--Barry Forshaw


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK20XG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 816 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not read any Peter James before but will definitely be reading more of his work now!

Fast moving, gripping, could NOT put it down. Yet another one that spent time cooking with me I'm afraid. You know what I mean? Stirring pots with one hand while holding book in t'other.

Only two things to say against the w-h-o-l-e book in fact. One was the odd Americanism that crept in now and then but having learnt that the author has spent a fair bit of time in North America, I suppose I can forgive him for those. Didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book in the least.

The second thing was that I don't think he had the TV news quite right as to the best of my knowledge, the 9 o'clock news ended some while back, which if you put this together with the rest of the events mentioned in the book, seemed to make the timing a little bit off? Suppose we just put that down to poetic licence?

I shall be looking to read some more Peter James in the very near future. He will now be up there in my list of favourite authors along with Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, P.J. Tracy, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson and my newly accquired love of Simon Kernick and Stuart Macbride to name but a few. If you also like works by those authors, you'll LOVE Looking Good Dead!
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The second in the `Roy Grace' Detective series is another resounding hit in my opinion, with superbly developed characters, realistic Sussex settings and intriguing, compelling crimes to keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down and I'm already relishing the fact that I have so many more of this series left to read- and books three and four ready and waiting.

This story starts off as more of a slow burner than book one, in which the reader was immediately plunged into the action. This time the author concentrates more on scene setting and character development which is effortlessly done, so you really feel a connection with the protagonists. What seems to be a bit of a mundane scenario is then suddenly turned completely on its head however and the story picks up a fast pace from there.

This novel sees thirty something businessman Tom Bryce picking up a CD left behind on a commuter train. With no significant details on it, he loads it into his computer, thinking there will be some kind of identification on it so he can dutifully return it to its rightful owner. What he sees on the CD however leaves him reeling and his life is immediately pulled into a shocking nightmare...

This gritty story really is no holds barred and some details of the crimes involved are a bit gruesome, but nonetheless the story remains fascinating and believable given all the little details added by the author. There's a couple of little twists thrown in which make it all the more enjoyable as a reader.

A couple of other reviewers have picked up on the minor Americanisms that seem to filter into the authors writing, and given that he's spent time across in the States writing, I suppose this is a given fact, but it doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the story.
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Peter James is the author of several very successful thrillers, two of which have been made into successful TV films. More are in production now. He was born in 1948 and educated at Charterhouse. He lives in Sussex near Lewes.

I had forgotten how refreshing it was to read a crime thriller by a British author with British people and British places. I am a little tired of reading about New York `cops' or small American towns that have no meaning to the average British reader.

Tom Brice was doing what he assumed any other law abiding citizen would do, trying to return someone's lost property to them. The CD had been left on the train seat next to his own and in attempting to return it to its rightful owner he becomes the sole witness to a vicious murder. Worse it yet to come his young family are threatened with violence of the worst kind if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder inquiry team that is headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. The police make all the right noises, but could this be the worst mistake Tom has ever made . . .
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This is a well-told, gripping detective story involving all the key aspects one associates with Peter James. For those unfamiliar with this author, you can expect a crime with some savage detail, a detective with a great sense of judgement and intuition (if you call using mediums intuition!), a touch of romance and a satisfying ending - the great thing about James is that he never takes any of these elements to the extreme. This is the fourth of his novels I have read, and I find it hard to put the books down - mainly because he is adept at getting to the point and keeping the reader engaged. It is quite refreshing to have as the central character a decent British detective, who is very much a modern and realistic individual whose life is consumed by the work he does. I have been reading the Roy Grace books out of sequence, but this makes little difference, as the books can be read without knowing about past events. I'm certainly looking forward to my next Peter James novel!
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