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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330456792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330456791
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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'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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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I first picked up a Peter James book a while back entitled `Dead Simple'. It was (luckily for me) the first in the Roy Grace Series and was based around a harmless stag night prank that went wrong. From that book I was hooked and each of the 4 books that followed was fantastic. Thankfully this latest instalment is no different. This latest Roy Grace offering is pretty hefty with a massive 500 pages. This didn't put me off, in actual fact quite the opposite.

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.
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The 6th Roy Grace novel does not disappoint. Avid followers will love the new book. The subject of rape is a very serious topic and the author has dealt with the story lines in a sympathetic manner whilst maintaining the pace of the story as the plot unfolds. The regular characters develop and it is fascinating to read about Grace when he was a Detective Sergeant some ten years earlier. A good mix of past and present which again is centered on the vibrant city life of Brighton and Hove.
Keep them coming Mr. James.
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The 6th in the Inspector Roy Grace series is as gripping and fresh as the first. Covering the delicate subject of rape, handled with understanding, interwoven with a fetish for high fashion ladies shoes. Classic red-herrings of other possible suspects with snippets of the underlying mystery of the disappearance of his first wife, Sandy, make this must read. Always find myself impatient for the next since being given the first 2 years ago.
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Having read all of the previous Roy Grace series of books and always enjoyed them I bought this with the usual excitement of expecting a good read.Unfortunately,about half way through I found myself wanting it to end.I found the whole idea of at least 3 people (4 really) in Brighton all with shoe fetishes a little unbelievable and it was obvious from the outset that the 3 main suspects were not the real villain.as usual James' writing is very good but maybe its time to bring in a few new characters and dump the malteser eating bella( who never actually seems to do anything other than eat maltesers and chastise Norman potting..who's another one who could go).Even Graces new boss was given very little page time.
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.
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By David P TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2015
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I am steadily working my way through the Roy Grace series, and I love it. This book is quite long, and it flits back and forth between two timelines. Once or twice I did find myself flicking back a few pages (on the kindle) to double check which time-space continuum I was in at that moment, but on the whole it works really well and

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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.
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There is something queasily realistic about this sixth book in the Roy Grace series, with the themes of abduction, fetish and rape at the centre of the story. Grace and his team are trying to track down a particularly vicious offender called the Shoe Man, which links back to an unsolved series of similar crimes back in 1997. At first the narrative is a bit too backwards and forwards between 1997 and the current day, but eventually the narrative settles down and a genuinely gripping and disturbing story unfolds, played out against the backdrop of Brighton and Shoreham.

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.
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