Dead Man's Grip (Ds Roy Grace 7) Paperback – 29 Sep 2011
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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.
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 UNDONESee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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)
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a bit tedious as it lacks reality. I lived in Brighton in this time period and knew a Police Superintendent - I don't recognise the Brighton I knew in this book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by JMH
Another excellent read by PETER James ,always twisting and turning,interwoven with incites of police life.Keeps one on the edge of your seat.Published 18 days ago by kenneth Roberts
I am not a reader but love crime dramas..Roy grace series were recommended..I just can't put them down..absolutely fantasticPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the book for my wife and found the price very reasonable. The delvery time was quick enough too.Published 26 days ago by Dean Kirwan