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This review is from: Dead Like You (Paperback)
In the latest Peter James novel Dead Like You Brighton is confronted with a rapist who may have disappeared over twelve years ago. A series of horrific rapes have taken place which bear a significantly similar modus operandi to attacks that occurred in late 1997. Is it the same attacker resurfacing or is it a copycat who has been inspired by the man the press dubbed `The Shoe Man'? A hugely entertaining and fast paced thriller ensues in which the reader is introduced to suspect and victim alike.
This is a genuinely creepy crime story where detailed descriptions of sexual assault are presented to the audience in an uncompromising fashion. The author's strength lies in his ability to make the sudden violence that rape entails seem plausible. An attack by the pier seems all too easy for the assailant when it occurs at a packed seaside attraction. Likewise the villain uses social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in order to gather information about his victims. Peter James brings the open nature of these websites and the information we choose to share into sharp focus.
In his sixth outing Detective Roy Grace remains haunted by the disappearance of his wife despite being in a happy relationship. The nature of these horrific crimes against women ensures that there is little motivation needed to chase the attacker. Intense media pressure and a new boss mean that Grace must put aside his life at home in order to focus on what is fast becoming a widespread panic.
Jumping as it does between the initial attacks and the present day, the novel moves at a rapid pace, while the dialogue and occasional moments of humour help to alleviate the considerable tension throughout. As is so often the case in James' work, this novel provides an insight into police procedures and the difficulties that often stall police investigativions. A particularly grisly exhumation linger in the memory long after the book is finished, and the streets of Brighton come alive as the police attempt to catch the attacker before he strikes again.
Dead Like You is a well-paced and captivating read. Despite its relatively lengthy nature, the plot and details about the various suspects and victims ensure this is a thriller that is difficult to put down. What sets this excellent book apart is the level of research that the author has clearly conducted into police work and the levels of information we all too often share with the world via the internet. For fans of the modern thriller this is a book that should grace any bookshelf.