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Want You Dead (Detective Superintendent Roy Grace) [Hardcover]

Peter James
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)

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18 Nov 2014 Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (Book 10)
From No. 1 bestselling crime and thriller writer Peter James comes Want You Dead, the 10th book in his multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace. IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN...Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead...Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too...
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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (18 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125003020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030207
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,160,732 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 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-six languages, with worldwide sales of fourteen million copies. Three novels have been filmed. All his books reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as his fascination with 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.

Visit his website at www.peterjames.com

Or follow him on Twitter @peterjamesuk

Or Facebook facebook.com/peterjames.roygrace

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Single girl, 29, redhead and smouldering, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and ? who knows ? maybe more?

When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved ? and then her too . . .

The 10th book in Peter James' multi-million-copy bestselling crime series, featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace.

Visit his website at www.peterjames.com

Or follow him on Twitter @PeterJamesUK

Or Facebook: facebook.com/peterjames.roygrace

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite in the Roy Grace series 15 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As we are now in the grip (or not) of the World Cup, I would say in football parlance that for me, this book represented a game of two halves. Despite being a Peter James fan, and having read all of the previous Roy Grace novels, I found this not to be one of his best.

I found the shift away from Grace and his team as fairly prominent characters to almost bit players a negative move. It might have worked for me had I been taken with the main plot and the featured characters of Red and her sociopathic stalker ex, Bryant. As it was in the first half I found the plot too bogged down with repetitive detail, revealed via the counselling sessions with her therapist. I wasn't sympathetic to the character of Red, far from seeing her as a strong, independent character refusing to be a victim, I found her to be quite naive, if not stupid in her actions. For example, what female estate agent (given real life events) would deliberately falsify contact details in her work diary, before going to meet a client, a complete stranger, in an empty property. - especially when she knows her ex is a threat.

I was more engaged when the plot concentrated on Grace, his forthcoming nuptials to Cleo, and the team that we have come to know and in most cases love. Inevitably Sandy does make an appearance, though whether that story resolves itself I can't say. For me the novels are as much about their stories as the crimes they are investigating. The team come more into play once the plot becomes more focused on Bryant as a suspect, rather than what he intends to do and why.

Reading this review back, it feels very negative, but given how much I've enjoyed the others, it is my attempt to explain why I didn't like this as much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Running out of steam I'm afraid 16 Aug 2014
By mlc
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of the Roy Grace series but I found this book to be very disappointing. The villain of the piece, Bryce Laurent was
completely unbelievable and his prey, Red Westwood a weak and boring character, as is the 'perfect' Cleo. In fact I was rather hoping that Sandy shook them all up a bit but alas it was not to be. It's the only book in the series that I have skimmed through just to find out the ending, which wasn't really worth waiting for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Want You Dead, Peter James, Macmillan, 2014, 405pp.

This is an interesting Inspector Roy Grace novel, but unfortunately it is time-sharing with the story of the decaying relationship between the young lady whose story dominates the novel, and her loony sociopath ex-boyfriend who is stalking her with a campaign of arson and murder. Inspector Grace doesn’t even get a mention on the dust-jacket of the hardcover edition, not even on the inside of the front cover. The two stories – that of Red Westwood and that of Inspector Grace and his supporting cast eventually merge as the violence escalates, but they are definitely two separate stories for much of the book. I wasn’t particularly interested in the fine detail of Ms Westwood’s life and relationships, well-researched and written as it was; though I can’t complain about it being here, as the book wasn’t advertised as an Inspector grace novel, and I had to skim through the pages in the library to discover that it, in fact, was. I can only speculate that the author considered this an important story to tell, or he and his publisher wanted to stretch his wings and find a new audience for his books; but, I repeat, it isn’t advertises as a Roy Grace story.

That being said, as well as the police procedural story, there is much change and progress in the life of Roy Grace and his supporting cast: his friend Glenn Branson is now a single father, and Grace himself celebrates his wedding in this story, which is attended by his first wife Sandy and their ten-year-old son... The story is excellently told, and there are a number of places where hints are dropped and paths are crossed which may or may not have a bearing on the story (or even a future one).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best. 8 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a big fan of Peter James's Inspector Grace novels, but this one is not one of his best. Actually, I found the whole plot line pretty ridiculous in places, and, as another reviewer mentioned, the side stories regarding Sandy, Bella and Norman and Glen were more interesting. Neither Red nor Bryce were believable characters and all the carnage was all a bit silly. And as for the ending........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed 24 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Couldn't wait to start this book, wish I hadn't of bothered. Kept thinking it will get better, it didn't. Sorry, this is far the worse in the Roy Grace series, I even thought it might be a good idea to kill Roy off this time, glad he didn't, I'll give him another chance. The characters were awful, including the main heroine Red, didn't take to her at all. I think the Sandy story was good, but has run its course, I really wanted her to identify herself this time, maybe not exactly as the dream, that really would have been to laughable. Hope the next one is better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 30 Jun 2014
By Mac
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I have read all of the Roy Grace novels, and the first ones were page turners. Not sure when they started to lose impetus. This latest one was a huge disappointment. As several people before me have mentioned, both the " heroine" and the "baddie" are both soulless and very annoying in equal amounts. How can we believe in a character who is supposed to be terrified of her ex fiance, yet at every turn rejects the police advise. As for Bryce, would he really continue to live in an area where wanted pictures and TV programmes have featured him. Mind you the people of Brighton & Hove appear to be a bit dimwitted about not recognising this person. He came across as a totally unbelievably person who's actions suspended belief. If he had been toned down considerably he would have been much more creepy. What was the point of Red's (stupid name) parents/sister/brother in law and girlfriend to the plot, they added nothing to the storyline except to make her appear to be incapable of having a normal relationship. What was the point of Sandy reappearing?

Why did Mr James feel that it was necessary to repeat, in some cases several times, certain points. For example the description of the wedding in the dream quickly followed by an almost exact description of the actual wedding; going through security at the airport twice, same words; facts about his colleagues lives etc. We are not stupid, please don't treat us as such. I find other authors with several books about the same character do the same, repeat, repeat, repeat.

Time maybe to pension Roy Grace off. I suppose that as long as people buy the books the character will remain, and even more ridiculous plotlines will appear.
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