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Roy GRace Tackles Rape
on 17 February 2011
This is another solid Roy Grace novel although Peter James needs to refresh the background if there are to be any more and he is to hold our interest. Dead Like You uses the device of dipping back into Grace's past, linking crimes of then and now. Unlike Dead Tomorrow where the various story threads were poorly integrated, this one works quite well. However, this inevitably leads to some minor scenes of Grace's earlier life with his wife Sandy, an aspect which remains unresolved and is approaching tedium. At least this relationship did not figure in the present day chapters!
James' research and police knowledge shine through once again, this time in the difficult area of rape; whilst the story line may push the boundaries, it is this solid foundation which convinces us this is how the police would deal with this in real life. Meanwhile Grace's team are getting a little jaded; ACC Alison Vosper is replaced and it is time for some changes to the rest of the team, perhaps a new face or two and the final retirement of Potting, his non-pc exchanges are wearing thin.
Overall too long again, and I worked out the who-dunnit bit long before the end, but still enjoyable and an easy travelling read.