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Peter James
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7 Jun 2012 Ds Roy Grace 8

For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him . . .

For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination…

For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story – between King George IVth and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable.

For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230747264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230747265
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (623 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,285 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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'Utterly gripping' --Daily Mirror

'An authentic, well-researched and compelling read.' --Daily Express

About the Author

Peter James was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screenwriter and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including the Sunday times Number One bestselling Roy Grace series, have been translated into thirty-four languages, with world sales of 11 million copies. Three books have been filmed. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has also produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Peter James usual standard. 1 Dec 2012
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I enjoyed the book, as I do all of Peter James' novels, but found some of the final chapters a 'bit far fetched'. This rather spoiled the novel for me. It was not up to his usual unputdownable standards.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait .... 11 Jun 2012
By PAPlod
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in the series 4 Dec 2012
By Tommo
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars weeeell, its ok.... 30 Jun 2012
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Not the best in the Roy Grace series and once again kept hanging re the Sandy situation - not enough scene setting for this slow developing climax. Probably won't bother with next year's further adventures until read a review and clear that something has at last happened. Just because that aspect of Roy Grace's life may be concluded doesn't mean whole series would need to end.
Nice twist with the main miscreant but final 'battle' felt a bit weak and not really a worthy adversary to Roy. Didn't feel any real peril for Roy. Also less gritty than previous novels in the series but Peter James' evidence of research on his novels' themes second to none. Great scenes re Top Gear, Crimewatch UK. Like the introduction of an old lag with a bone to pick, potential for a great showdown. Glen Branson character feels a bit tired and cliched. If I read 'hey oldtimer' or similar one more time I shall scream!
Sadly find myself looking more forward to Simon Kernick's next book than P.J.'s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The most boring detective in the UK? 13 Mar 2013
By G. Bell
I've been an avid reader of the Roy Grace series, but I'm afraid this latest instalment was perhaps the weakest yet. It felt shoddy, as if Peter James couldn't be bothered putting his usual effort into it. There are a couple of plot holes so large you could fall into them, one of which has a major bearing on the outcome of the investigation.

But a nagging feeling which has been building up for a while came to a head in this book - namely the conviction that Roy Grace is the least interesting and least likeable lead character in any current British crime fiction series. It's not just that he doesn't have any interesting or quirky character traits, but I'm getting a bit fed up of hearing what an all-round excellent person he is - generally respected by his superiors, liked by all his colleagues. Despite the wearisome 'back-story' about his "missing" wife, it also starts to get rather grating after a while to hear about his "wonderful" "beautiful" girlfriend Cleo, the lovely house they live in, their great sex, their smugly comfortable lifestyle.

Compare Grace to Rebus, or Mo Hayder's Jack Cafferty, or Dalziel, Jack Frost, or even the smooth and urbane Adam Dalgleish, and he appears a 2-dimensional wooden character who could equally be a photocopier salesman living in Swindon. We keep being told that he runs the police rugby team, but even that avenue is never explored - there's not one scene in any book set at the rugby club, training session or game.

It may well be that this is a deliberate strategy on the part of James - that by making Roy Grace a bit of a 'blank slate', quite nice, a bit boring, ordinary, pleasant life, that he intends readers to identify with his character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...but definitely on the way out! 22 Feb 2013
By Kitty
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars E Book
Cannot remember this book but needs to be reviewed. Sorry on that basis not a good read otherwise I would of remembered. sorry not very helpful
Published 3 days ago by cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too exciting
Ok story line come on Sandy turn up its getting tedious ..confrontation of Sandy and Clio would have been good at the hospital ..
Published 5 days ago by mr richard cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Thriller
Once again Peter James kept me intrigued from start to finish, Be careful not to start this book if you have things to do as once you start the book you will not want to put it... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Billykish
1.0 out of 5 stars Not yet read
Chose this rating only because I have not yet read the book! I'm sure that I will be very happy with the choice.
Published 17 days ago by MatHartley
5.0 out of 5 stars great read to the end had to read the last 9 chapters in one hit
Only thing I disliked was not know what was really going with opting and Bella. Any detective loving reading should read this 5 out of 5
Published 19 days ago by Elaine Tulloch
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
What can you say about Peter James another good thriller, couldn't put down. Recommend to anyone who likes the Roy Grace series this is one of them and keeps you in suspense right... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read
I like Peter James detective novels and always look forward to a new one being published. As usual I was not disappointed and I particularly like his accuracy in investigative... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Lover Peter James
Once again another fantastic book from my favourite author at the moment. Great continuation of the underlying story, and a joy to read..
Published 1 month ago by Steve B
5.0 out of 5 stars Another PJ Winner
Good Book especially if a fan of this author and theme, always a sure thing as a gift for a reader in the family
Published 1 month ago by Evie
3.0 out of 5 stars More Roy Grace for the aficionado
A typical Roy Grace story line but why do I get the impression that Peter James is winding things up for Roy Grace. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Paul S Eros
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