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Dead Man's Grip (Ds Roy Grace 7) Paperback – 29 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330515566
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes authors can mount an all-guns-blazing, full-frontal assault on the bestseller charts, achieving success by bludgeoning their way to the top, utilising well worn, unchallenging methods that can always be guaranteed upon to achieve crowd-pleasing results. But there is another approach, and it is the one adapted by the talented Peter James. By the straightforward expedient of using carefully crafted, well honed narratives with a strong sense of place and a sure grasp of character, James has slowly but surely worked his way towards an almost unassailable position as one of Britain's best-loved crime writers. That sense of place, of course, is located in Brighton, the increasingly fashionable setting just an hour's train journey from London, and over the course of his novels, James is proving to be as adroit chronicler of that town as Graham Greene in Brighton Rock (although James has yet to write a novel quite as intense as Green's masterpiece -- a fact that he would no doubt admit, as Greene's novel is a particular favourite of Peter James). And the character that James locates here is his tenacious copper Roy Grace (shortly to be incarnated in a long-overdue television series). Dead Man's Grip is a particularly gripping entry in the Grace series, although to say that it is not massively different from other books in the sequence is simply to note that James has shown a remarkable consistency over all the Roy Grace books.

Here the detective is involved in dark developments after a young woman is traumatised in a fatal traffic accident. The accident has resulted in the death of student – but then the drivers of other vehicles involved are discovered tortured and killed.

The fact that Peter James has built up considerable storytelling skills over the years is hardly an accident; had he not written a single Roy Grace novel, he would, of course, be remembered for a series of highly professional supernatural outings (recently reissued with covers that rather cheekily suggested the books are like his more recent work). But his most signal achievement is to keep us comprehensively engaged in the increasingly overfamiliar field of the police procedural. Not an easy task, but one that James pulls off with aplomb. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for "Dead Like You"

"Possibly the most engrossing thriller since "The Silence of the Lambs."" --"Washington Post Book World"

"Sinister and riveting . . . Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world." --Lee Child

"A terrific thriller . . . "Dead Like You" is a haunting page-turner that seamlessly blends psychological suspense with police procedure, echoing the heart and voices of such authors as P. D. James and Ian Rankin at their best." --Jeffery Deaver
"Peter James creates worlds as familiar as your backyard, but doubly spicy, smart, and entertaining. Danger and drama leap from every page, as the master delivers precisely what every reader wants: plenty of sizzle and emotional clout. "Dead Like You "makes for a terrific read. Don't miss this one." --Steve Berry

"U.S. readers deserve to know what the rest of the world has known for years--Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business." --Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of BROKEN and UNDONE

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I had pre-ordered this as I am always waiting for Peter James' books to be published. It was delivered to my kindle just after midnight on publication day so I couldn't wait for the opportunity to read it.

It's the seventh novel in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series and once again is set around Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas.

I hate it when reviews give away the storyline so a very brief synopsis:
A teenage student has been killed in a fatal multiple car accident. Other drivers involved in the accident are later found tortured and murdered. DS Roy Grace and his team investigate and try to protect another driver involved in the crash.
Roy's problems in his personal life continue..........

Peter's books are always well researched and give readers a detailed and enthralling tale. I find his style of writing highly readable as he gently leads you through the story and transports you into a world of intrigue and drama.

This latest offering is well worth the read and I certainly recommend it.

If you haven't already discovered the thrill of reading the Roy Grace series, this is a list of the order:
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
...Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Like many reviewers, I've read all of the Roy Grace books. Some have been better than others, hence my not rushing to get hold of a copy of Dead Man's Grip as soon as it was published. I did enjoy this latest offering but some of the enduring themes in the series are starting to grate. The love-in between Grace and his protege Branson was less pronounced in Dead Man's Grip, which was a relief, but the constant and sometimes extensive descriptions of how attractive the female characters are is really starting to irritate this reader. Even the odd woman who isn't careful with her appearance could, according to a male character, "be one attractive lady" given a makeover. The author has a similar tendency to ascribe a high level of competency and commitment to anyone in the orbit of Sussex police. Is no-one associated with the police plain ugly, useless or just burnt out and disinterested? It would appear not. I also find the interaction between Grace and the absurdly named and impossibly perfect Cleo Morey mawkish. Some of the dialogue between these characters, for example, Grace telling Cleo he was going to arrest every piece of brie in Brighton after she told him she fancied brie more than she fancied him, is just risible.

This said, Peter James does tend to come up with a decent storyline and I was eager to see what happened. In virtually all crime fiction you have to suspend belief and take it as entertainment. In Peter James books, the real effort comes from having to plough past some of the characterisation and dialogue.

Despite the negatives, I would recommend Dead Man's Grip as a decent page turner for anyone who enjoys crime fiction.

I hope in the future some of the characters will become a bit less one dimensional.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just finished the new book, great read and with so much going on. Without ruining the plot for others I will only say the saga of Sandy moves on with some shattering developments !!
The strong storyline and beautifully paced plot will have the reader spellbound. I really enjoyed the book and as with all the series of Grace story-lines the attention to detail and police procedure
is legendary. The locallity of much of the story set around Brighton remains a huge plus for the books and this one will not disappoint. I have no hesitation in recommending this book as a must read
and if you have not read any of the other books in the Roy Grace series this one will definately wet your appetite.
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Having read " Perfect People " by the same author, I was keen to read another. This was rather better, well paced, draws you in from the start with a nasty road accident. The story develops into a series of gruesome murders, some cross Atlantic chases - and ends with a neat twist, will not spoil by revealing this ! well worth reading
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was the second book by Peter James I have read and as with the first book this one got me gripped from the start and kept me turning the pages at pace throughout.
I like how the author gives us a chance to get to know the detective and learn about his private life inbetween the crime solving.
A very good read...would recommend and I look forward to reading more from Peter James.
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Format: Paperback
Peter James has maintained his high standard. I have enjoyed all his previous Roy Grace books and was looking forward to this one. I found the book a little slow to start and wondered where we were going then - wham - it all fell into place and it became a real page-turner. Would recommend this book to anyone who is undecided.
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Really loving the Roy Grace series. This is a very good story, bringing a clever sinister twist to what seems to be an obviously tragic but nevertheless "everyday" accident. These books are all excellent standalone tales, but if you are new to Roy Grace and his world, then I really do urge you to read all the books in order, because behind each excellent story there are many long running background threads which traverse all the books and really bring added depth to the characters.
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