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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230747264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230747265
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (790 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,013 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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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By PAPlod on 11 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
It always seems such a long wait for the new Peter James/Roy Grace to become available - and then when it is, time passes in a flash and you are totally gripped by the twists and turns of the story coming thick and fast chapter by chapter. It's almost impossible to put the book down - you actually care about Roy - and Cleo - and dread Sandy's possible return to spoil their happiness. All too soon the last pages are turned and all the threads are skillfully knitted into the final scenes. And back to waiting another year for the next one ... it's too much to ask to read slowly and ration the number of chapters read in a day ... if you've never read Peter James' books, do start with Dead Simple and the previous titles so the storylines develop correctly but if you do know these books, rush out now and get your copy - what better way to spend a wet June afternoon or two!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommo on 4 Dec. 2012
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Top read leaving the reader waiting for Roy's chaotic life to continue. With young Roy heading to the scene and the return of the other lady in his life auf wieder sane normallity
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 22 Feb. 2013
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I've been a Peter James fan from early in my 20s when I read his older novels, such as Twilight, Host, Alchemist, Dreamer, Sweetheart, Possession. I devoured them and was continually freaked out by how scared they could make me feel when other thrillers just didn't engage me in the same way. His experience across several different areas meant he could write authoritatively, and descriptively in such a way that brought his stories, and his characters, to life.

So I was delighted when the Roy Grace series came out and became such a hit. I looked forward to each book with bated breath, bought each one when they came out and couldn't wait to read them.

This brings me to Roy Grace 8 "Not Dead Yet".

Not Dead Yet is, for the most part fine. It's a novel, about a few murders, a Detective, a celebrity & a couple of nutters. The story in itself is ok, if not mostly predictable. The predictability is a real shame, because one of the main things I loved about Peter's previous books was that certain plotlines would remain hidden, often in plain sight for most of the book, then just leap out at me, as they should, during a 'big reveal' that I was not expecting. However, with this novel, I saw the twist plotting a route and enjoying the journey towards me long before it was finally ready to deliver itself to me. A minor character appeared, had a long back story filled in then disappeared only to pop up again for a few lines. I guess he's being primed to appear in a future book because his introduction brought nothing to this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 22 Jun. 2013
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Peter James is a prolific crime writer. He writes authentically and compellingly. The attention to details are superb. Being an experienced screen-writer, adds real credibility. Evidently, he shows vast experience of working in Hollywood and closely with actresses.He knows how to deliver a gripping and thrilling read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. The pace is so fast. It keeps you enthralled until the end. The plot is based on the show-business world about a film star Gaia. What is making headlines? The film star will be filming a major Hollywood production. Where is the place? It is in Brighton, the hometown of the star. Can this film reach new heights and prominence for the actress?

The film is a romantic story based on a historical period. The novel is mostly England based, without over-doing the Hollywood angle on lavish lifestyles and the usual clichés of the movie business. The consequences can be severe, if the news spread to the wrong people. Gaia is about to experience the nightmare celebrities sometimes face. There are obsessive fans hot on the trail at whatever expense. This particular fan goes to great lengths and spends ludicrous amount of money on keeping shrines and galleries of the actress. DS Grace is the central character in the author novels. He is over-seeing security arrangements of the film star, as the stalker is persistent and you cannot take the eyes of the ball at anytime. He has other pressing matters to deal with, which comes in the territory of being one of the most senior police officers in the department. There have been reports of an appalling and sickening crime in a farmhouse. DS Grace needs get to the bottom of the matter, as it maybe linked to the stalking events. DS Grace is a well-developed character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mick Read on 29 Nov. 2012
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This is the latest in Peter James' excellent Roy Grace series. Set in Brighton, murder capital of Europe in the 1930s according to this story, Not Dead Yet sees Detective Chief Inspector Roy Grace tasked with planning and executing the security to protect Gaia, the world's greatest pop diva now actress, whilst staying in town shooting her new film on location at the Brighton Pavilion. Already the subject of a murder attempt at her home in Los Angeles, Gaia commands a fanatical fan base, some of whom will go to any lengths to acquire memorabilia of their idol. In the background, the production of the film is not without its own problems, financial and on the intellectual property front.

Grace's regular team are all present and his home life with Cleo marches on apace with Cleo expecting their first child.

Peter James set a very high standard in this series right from the start and, with only a mild wobble or two, has pretty much kept it going. This is amongst the best. His knowledge of police procedure remains as current and in-depth as ever, and his overall respect for the job they do continues to shine through. James has never taken his hero down the anti-establishment route fostered by quite a few crime writers, rather he has accepted the hierarchical nature of the police service whilst acknowledging the challenging role occupied by senior officers and the pressures on everyone to deliver results. The dialogue is sharp, and the humour in some exchanges - such as those between Grace and his DS Glenn Branson - continues to lift the overall feel into something like reality (Brighton's propensity for major crime and Grace's inevitable and always spectacular part in its resolution is anything but reality).
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