Dead Like You Paperback – 14 Oct 2010
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Peter James is taking over the world -- or at least the crime fiction part of it. Dead Like You, the latest instalment in his increasingly popular series featuring Brighton detective Roy Grace, has sold even more spectacularly than its predecessors, keeping crime heavyweights James Patterson and John Grisham from the number one slot in the UK bestseller lists. And after lengthy delays, the long-awaited television series is to be made -- a series that will no doubt make Grace's stamping ground of Brighton as familiar as Inspector Morse's Oxford. So what is the secret of the James/Grace success? It's simple: over many years and many books, James has refined his storytelling skills to the nth degree and has the full measure of the classic police procedural narrative. In the new book, Brighton's Metropole Hotel is the scene of an unpleasant incident: a woman is savagely raped when she enters a room. Some days later, another woman is similarly assaulted -- both have their shoes stolen by the offender. Assigned to the case, Detective Superintendent Grace becomes aware that these two incidents have disturbing echoes of a sequence of crimes that shook Brighton in 1997. The rapist (who had been described as ‘Shoe Man’) claimed five victims, the last of which he had murdered before disappearing. Grace is faced with two unpleasant possibilities; that the original Shoe Man who cheated justice 10 years ago has returned to wreak havoc again, or -- equally disturbingly -- there is a copycat at work.
The growing army of admirers for James’ Grace books will be well aware of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the detective’s wife, Sandy -- a disappearance that James has allowed to remain enigmatic. The narrative of Dead Like You plays on that intriguing plot strand, as Grace is obliged to travel back mentally to a time when he was happily married in order to discover how he can defeat a monster in the present. This is one of Peter James’s longest books, weighing in at nearly 600 pages, but aficionados will find that it is not a page too long. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
'James is to be commended for producing an insider's view of a rape investigation, in this gripping novel about a desperately serious subject.' --Culture Magazine, Sunday Times
'If you have a taste for an intelligent well written tale of contemporary detection you could do no better... As usual, Peter James's work is brilliantly researched beautifully written and guaranteed to get your heart pumping.' --Sunday Express
'Peter James, with Dead Like You, and his detective Roy Grace artfully weaving through a complex yet utterly gripping plot, showed us why he deserved that No 1 bestseller slot.' --Daily Mirror
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This story all starts following the brutal rape of a woman on New Years Eve. Only a week later another woman is attacked. What concerns Roy is that both of the women that were attacked had their shoes taken. It begins to ring alarm bells with him as these current attacks seem to mirror those that haunted Brighton back in 1997. The attacker back in 1997 had been named `The Shoe man' and was believed to have raped 5 women before moving on to kill another 2. The attacker was never caught and Roy finds himself wondering whether the killer is back or whether they have a copycat on their hands.
Roy Grace has come back in this book a little more relaxed than before. He is living with his girlfriend Cleo who is due to give birth to their first baby any day. Cleo and Roy's relationship has taken time to grow on me but as you see more and more of Cleo's supportive side you get to like her that little bit more. In addition to Roy we see the return of Glen Branson who works with Roy. He recently split from his wife and is going through a hard time. I must admit we didn't see as much of Glen this time as in previous books and I missed his presence at times.
The story itself is written over two time periods. The further in to the investigation Roy goes, the more of the past you get to see.Read more ›
Keep them coming Mr. James.
I hate to criticise writers who I so enjoy and I am sure I will buy the next book in the series but this is definately,for me,the weakest he has written.
weaves the two storylines of an unsolved series of attacks from Roy's past and the current suspected reappearance of the offender together very well. Gripping, believable plotlines and well defined, memorable and likable characters - a superb world to keep visiting. I'm just starting to feel rather sad that I don't have many more in the series left to go now.
Knowing the locations where Peter James sets his books helps with the sense of realism he brings to this aspect of his Roy Grace series, and what also impressed this time was the sense that Grace and Branson are no longer a two-man crime busting team, but part of a much bigger series of characters. Most of them are little more than names on the page, but it does add to the team feel of the policing. Another plus is a reduced emphasis on the teenage-like romance that James has developed between Grace (forty going on thirteen in these parts of the books) and the glamourous Cleo. In this one they are getting ready to marry and are expecting their first child, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out in the later books as I work through them in order.
Gone are the slightly rushed, manic endings that characterised the first few titles in the series. Instead, James produces a genuinely gripping finale that manages to stay on the right side of plausible without losing the sense of drama and climax that the story requires. Impressive. An unpleasantly realistic addition to the Roy Grace series, it has to be said that the themes Peter James explores are not for the faint-hearted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One more of Peter James special books but at a very good price, will come back for more.Published 21 days ago by PeterP
I really enjoy this series. Although the main setting remains the same, the variation in some locations adds interest. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Expat Ann
I bought the book for my wife and found the price very reasonable. The delvery time was quick enough too.Published 24 days ago by Dean Kirwan
Once again a brilliant plot which developed and developed to an explosive finish. Gripping till the end wonder what is next.Published 1 month ago by jayne ramsbottom
I really enjoyed this novel. I appreciated the twists in the storylines and the cliffhangers. I also enjoyed discovering more about the character of Roy Grace and his interactions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Driver