Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace) Paperback – 18 Sep 2012
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About the Author
PETER JAMES is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series. His novels, including the number one bestseller Possession, have been translated into thirty languages and three have been filmed. All of his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and near Brighton in Sussex.
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It was a good story based around an accident involving a cyclist, a car, a lorry and a van.....and all caused by one reckless move from just one of them....no doubt Mr James had people of a certain brigade screaming at him on Twitter !! I enjoyed the relationship of Tooth and his associate and I'm so happy the associate didn't end up maimed, abused or dead. Thankyou for this !
I was shocked when he referred to Brighton being a Crime Capital of the UK a couple of times. I would find this pretty hard to believe when we have the likes of London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham to contend with !! He also refers to The Devil's Dyke which I always thought was just Devil's Dyke, and it turned out Wikipedia agrees with me and loses The from it, although I expected to be wrong seeing as this author also knows the area well. Something else mentioned made me think, too. When was the last time you checked your registration plates on your car ? You just don't, do you ? In case somebody swaps them.....I like to think I'd spot this right away but I'm not sure I would.....
I am a bit irritated that he always goes with American spellings in his Kindle books, though. Either that, or the publisher is sticking the wrong version up on the Amazon UK site....there were mistakes that ought to have been spotted as well.....this guy's a bestseller and his publisher is making bestselling pounds off the back of it, I'm sure, so the least they could do is apply some proper proofreading !! Life was used and not lives, and struck and not striking, the apostrophe in git's and then boys' in the wrong place for both and I'm sure his books have had hyphen issues before. There are a few examples again in this book-up-andover door, Shore-ham, spoonfed, Kings-way (more than once). These really should be spotted pre-publication if I can !!
There were some very funny little lines throughout which had me giggling (The plane landed hard, hitting the runway like the pilot hadn't realised it was there)...though a few parts were a little repetitive. If I heard about the minstrel's gallery once more I was ready to combust and it seems that at every briefing Grace held, without fail, some idiot's phone went off !! I laughed to myself when he asked at one point, "...do you have anything to report from Ford ?" I was still thinking of the motor company and not the prison !!
It leaves us with a dum, dum, dum moment right at the end to lead us into the next instalment, I hope. I'm looking forward to it.
The actual crime parts of the story are usually very strong and they are very well researched. Unlike a handful of reviews, I find the personal lives of the characters are an important feature of these books particuarly, but not limited to, Roy Grace himself. I do agree that the details about eye movements and post mortem procedures is unnecessarily repetitive and the girl eating the maltesers non-stop must soon struggle to get through the door. A minor quibble though.
The gripe with this story was with the central character Carly Chase. The potential victim of the crime should elicit your sympathy but this woman was an idiot of the highest order and her trip to the US wasn't worthy of this writer's normally very high levels. The race against time towards the end of the book was solved with a gut instinct that had about as much chance of success as picking the winning lottery numbers, given there was no real reason to suppose the hitman had ever set foot in Brighton prior to this operation.
These books are great value and it survives these grumbles. At least it left us with intrigue regarding Sandy. I look forward to reading about that in what I expect will be a normal 5* successor.