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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (7 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330546007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330546003
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,670 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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Peter James came to many readers’ attention via his immense success as a horror novelist, but his more recent career as a writer of effortlessly ingenious and readable crime novels has – perhaps unfairly -- eclipsed his earlier work. (The author has claimed that he was, in any case, always essentially a crime writer – even in the days of his earlier acclaim).

Not Dead Enough marks another welcome appearance for the author’s quirkily characterised policeman Roy Grace (who we’ve already met in Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead). Here, Grace is investigating the bizarre slaying of a member of Brighton’s social elite, Katie Bishop. Her husband, Brian, appears to be in the clear – he was in another town at the time, sound asleep. But Grace begins to suspect the presence of a doppelgänger: is someone else -- nigh-identical to Bishop – involved? As in his previous cases, Grace’s diligent exhuming of murky secrets soon demonstrates that the Bishops’ outwardly settled lives had darker corners. And as Grace gets close to the truth, he finds – paradoxically – that it’s his own beleaguered private life which is on the line.

. With Not Dead Enough, we’re soon reminded that Peter James’ métier has long been machine-tooled plotting, and that particular skill doesn’t desert him here. James himself spends time with the police of the Brighton area (his own beat) and that research is seamlessly freighted into the narrative here.

Readers are confronted with a dizzying variety of tales of murder and deception these days, but this one has an individual strand that marks it out from the crowd. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'James just gets better and better and deserves the success he has achieved with this first-class series'
--Independent on Sunday

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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Ray Clark on 12 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not Dead Enough is the third outing for Peter James' troubled detective, Roy Grace. In a complex plot, Grace's sanity is not only threatened with three murders, one suspect and little in the way of evidence, but the fact that he is still coming to terms with a wife who walked out on him nine years previous and has never been seen until ... possibly ... now, in a remote corner of Germany: add to that, a threat on the life of police mortician Cleo Morey, Grace's new girlfriend, and you have the trappings of a very tense and sophisticated novel, which, in the hands of a master story-teller like Peter James, offers you a very compelling read, full of plot twists and turns that come so thick and fast you barely have time to draw breath before the author gives you something else to think about. In the style of Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead, the book races towards an unexpected and chilling outcome, with well defined, 3D characters, something that has always been a trademark of James as readers of his previous novels like Denial and Faith will remember. Not Dead Enough comes very highly recommended: the only crime any reader would be guilty of is not rushing out and buying a copy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Boatman on 13 Feb. 2013
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Excellent and absorbing, a few twists and turns that keep the reader fully entertained. I have found that reading the books in order certainly helps to understand the one or two themes that are applicable to the main characters personal and professional life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished NDE. What a book! I had to put my life on hold for 4 days to finish it! I haven't done anything for 4 evenings except read this novel. I really couldn't put it down.

As always, it had everything I look for a PJ novel: detailed research; brilliantly developed characters; pace; smooth, flowing writing; sparkling dialogue; and an interesting, engaging plot. But of course it's more than the sum of these factors that make me addicted to James' books. It's the X factor that so many lack. I noticed it for the first time when I read Dreamer all those years ago. I don't really think it would matter what type of novel the author penned, in whatever genre. It would still grip me. It's the STYLE, man...

This is crime writing at its very best. As other reviewers have pointd out, James is never one to stint on trivial but important details. For instance, I loved reading about Grace's trip to Munich. Reminded me of my own visit a few years ago, though under rather different weather conditions (i.e. freezing cold). He could have just described the visit in a short chapter, but the details and descriptions of settings and people made it really come to life. The same thing applies to all the little details he puts into his books - character traits and faults that make people human. Their ambitions and shortcomings. I esp. love the fact that he's always willing to surprise the reader and that there are no easy answers or solutions; and few coincidences. The people in a PJ story have human failings and don't always get things right. Grace is a pretty average, intelligent bloke, and all the more likeable for it. I also love the Branson and Potting characters. I hope they're going to be around in future Grace novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Maybe I've watched too many Hollywood films, but I sensed what was going to happen in this storyline from about page 30, which was such a shame as I've really enjoyed the other two Peter James books before this and I'm a relative newcomer to them. As far as thrillers go, his writing is consistent and fast-paced with great twists and turns in the plot and a continuing back story to his character of Detective Roy Grace which has really intrigued me. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this book, because I did. I'm just saying that regrettably, it was a bit more predictable than his first two and that did diminish my enjoyment of the story somewhat.

This book sees the slaying of a local Brighton socialite whose husband becomes the immediate suspect. The only problem is, he was miles away at the time and has an alibi. Detective Grace digs deep and begins to uncover some murky secrets about the family as his private life faces problems of its own.

What I really did enjoy about this book was the attention to detail the author places in the story, particularly with his rather gruesome depictions of autopsies and whatnot which is very vivid. The nature of the crimes is also quite gory in parts so I would say that if you are squeamish then approach these novels with caution because they go a bit heavy on the bloody details. James also excels in setting a scene- I have never been to Brighton but feel that I could recognise some of his settings used should I ever visit there in future. He certainly doesn't shy away from revealing the seedier aspects of the small coastal town.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By G. Webb on 24 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the first two Roy Grace thrillers immensely and found them difficult pull myself away from. The third is even better. The writing style is much tighter and, consequently, the suspense a notch or two higher.

Attention to detail and the nature of obsession seem to be very close to the author. The whole series is highly recommended but don't buy just one - it won't last very long.
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