Looking Good Dead Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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It's a tricky proposition, changing horses midstream. And with Looking Good Dead, Peter James continues to do just that. The authors reputation as a purveyor of subtly chilling horror and fantasy had been carefully built up over many years, and James had few British peers in this field. But that is not quite the compliment it sounds, for the horror field is in one of its frequent slumps at present, and apart from a few American giants such as Stephen King, some highly talented figures have languished, in some cases even forfeiting their publishers. It's possible that Peter James saw the way the wind was blowing, and decided to move on from his hitherto lucrative horror work, returning to the crime arena (in which hed worked before) with the adroit Dead Simple, the inaugural book in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. If DS Grace was cut from a familiar cloth (copper struggling with psychological problems), the plotting was innovative and fresh.
And so its proved to be once again with Looking Good Dead. Tom Bryce picks up a CD which has been left behind on a train seat, but when he attempts to track down the owner, he finds himself the only witness to a savage killing. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences for Bryce, and the lives of both he and his wife are threatened--by a notification on the Internet, no less. When DS Roy Grace becomes involved, he finds himself up against a malign group of very well organised criminals.
As in Peter James previous outing for Roy Grace, the plotting here is the thing. James addresses the crime genre as if he had never been away, and although Grace is, to be frank, not strikingly different from any other literary coppers, few people will complain when James storytelling acumen is as authoritative as it is here.
--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
'enthralling thriller...the tensions build to an almost palpable sense of gathering menace.' -- Bournemouth EchoSee all Product description
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They both write gory, graphic stories with brilliant plots. Both write character driven novels, but their writing styles differ. Carter tends to concentrate more on the crimes themselves, whist still developing brilliant characters. James concentrates more on character development and leaves the crime scenes to speak for themselves.
So here in Peter James’s third book in the Roy Grace series, we have a kinky serial killer stalking the streets of Brighton. The wife and girl friend of a wealthy business man are murdered and of course the prime suspect is the husband. Grace and his team are convinced they have all the necessary facts together to know what they are doing. We know better. When will Grace and his team catch on?
This is a long book and slightly predictable but a lot of fun and James plays cat and mouse with our patience and emotions, throwing in many twists and turns.
However, as much as I have enjoyed books two and three in the Roy Grace series, neither have attained the level of suspense, tension and sheer claustrophobic terror of his first RG book - Dead Simple. In that book the plot was relatively simple, had a winning formula and as such was hard to beat. His subsequent RG books produced more complicated plots.
But this is a mute point. Not Dead Enough is a great, entertaining read and I look forward to reading more in the series.
This is the first book I have read by Peter James and I have jumped straight into book 3.
My book club are seeing the play in the Summer; so we thought it was best we actually read the book!
I did enjoy the story & found it an easy read .. BUT it could have been made a lot shorter. I felt it was quite repetitive (I get it, Cleo has an MG TF) & Brighton was mentioned in every other page it felt like.
I am not sure if I will read any more of Roy Grace series. If I did, the only reason would be to find out what happened to Sandy (as there was a couple of chapters where he just jumps on a plane to Munich to find her?)
to say i am pissed off is an understatement. People giving this a 5 star have clearly never read a book before or they got a version that had a conclusive ending. And to be clear this is not left on a cliff hanger it is just a non end to a book then goes on to advertise the next book in the series.
so annoyed so so annoyed. i stuck with this book - the story is an old well used plot totally unimaginative but like a fool i read the reviews and thought there must be something else to it but no, if you like to finish a book that has not been finished then this is the book for you, if however you want to read an ending and have an explanation of random chapters then avoid this book even if you get it free.
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