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5.0 out of 5 stars Top cop, top plot this is a winner!, 6 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace series Book 9) (Kindle Edition)
I've spent the day totally engrossed. Roy Grace is back and Peter James is at the top of the game again with a plot which, unexpectedly, starts in New York in 1922. I was a little disappointed by one of the recent books in this series. Grace, although beset by his missing wife 'baggage', was on the brink of becoming comfortable and the plotting was less convincing and a little predictable.

But make no mistake, this tale blows you away. Gangland New York sets the scene; from there the plot and characters move seamlessly back and forth in 'soundbite' style chapters, weaving together the links and intricacies. Every character is plausible. I could 'see' the seedy and slightly down at heel antique knocker as a person. I could smell fear when things went wrong. The truly chilling Apologist is in a league of his own. Peter James has created a series where the characters have dimension and relevance. The reader can understand and empathise with their conflicts and is interested in how the key characters develop and move on in their lives. Grace, the career cop, has a new family. We can appreciate what that means to him and understand his motivations and the difficulties that difference in responsibility brings. Tension builds palpably. The plotting is both creative and compelling and the climax is gripping.

For me, Peter James is one of a handful of writers who has mastered the complexity of plot and pace. This story has both, in spades. Intrigue and suspense supported by real dialogue that flows from one page to the next and you have everything for a totally compelling tale. I was totally involved and my only disappointment isthe wait for another one. Brilliant read, loved it!

Edited to add, whilst this is the most recent in the series, it works well as a stand alone read; sufficient backfill for a new reader to follow the threads of subplots which runs through the series.
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Initial post: 6 Jun 2013 21:17:31 BDT
sue williams says:
I cannot believe you've read Peter James' new book in one day! I am going on holiday tomorrow and in my case is my kindle complete with dead man's time

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 21:54:23 BDT
Aspen says:
I've done little else! It was on my Kindle as a preorder when I woke up. I read 10% with my morning coffee before I got up and with the sun shining my plan of action was to lie outside reading.

It is soooo good! Really enjoyed this one. I hope you do, too and more to the point, have a really wonderful holiday.

Posted on 7 Jun 2013 19:01:43 BDT
Bookworm says:
Thank you for a very informative review Bookie. I have just started reading it and am loving it. Wish I had the time to read it in one day though, probably take me 3 or 4. I like to read Roy Grace books slowly and make them last longer as it's a year till the next one.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2013 21:04:16 BDT
Aspen says:
Thanks Bookorm. Difficult to put down! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Posted on 30 Sep 2013 12:27:51 BDT
Pev says:
These reviews were helpful, and I am waiting for the paperback version to come out, however if Cleo hasn't won and Sandy has returned, then I'm out. I want the Cleo relationship to continue!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 19:15:22 BDT
Hello Bookie - know how busy you are, but wondered if you'd be kind enough to review my book Closure: CLOSURE (Zachary Taylor Book 1) for your time...
@quartley (twitter) larryquartley.com

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 20:52:11 BDT
Kindlelover says:
I agree Pev I think Sandy is becoming a nasty piece of work! Hope Cleo wins.
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