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Looking Good Dead Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Dec 2006

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  • Paperback: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (1 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330434209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330434201
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.3 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (958 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 author’s 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 he’d 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 it’s 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 Digital Download edition.


'Sharply plotted, suitably sordid' -- Daily Express

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Not read any Peter James before but will definitely be reading more of his work now!

Fast moving, gripping, could NOT put it down. Yet another one that spent time cooking with me I'm afraid. You know what I mean? Stirring pots with one hand while holding book in t'other.

Only two things to say against the w-h-o-l-e book in fact. One was the odd Americanism that crept in now and then but having learnt that the author has spent a fair bit of time in North America, I suppose I can forgive him for those. Didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book in the least.

The second thing was that I don't think he had the TV news quite right as to the best of my knowledge, the 9 o'clock news ended some while back, which if you put this together with the rest of the events mentioned in the book, seemed to make the timing a little bit off? Suppose we just put that down to poetic licence?

I shall be looking to read some more Peter James in the very near future. He will now be up there in my list of favourite authors along with Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, P.J. Tracy, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson and my newly accquired love of Simon Kernick and Stuart Macbride to name but a few. If you also like works by those authors, you'll LOVE Looking Good Dead!
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The second in the `Roy Grace' Detective series is another resounding hit in my opinion, with superbly developed characters, realistic Sussex settings and intriguing, compelling crimes to keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down and I'm already relishing the fact that I have so many more of this series left to read- and books three and four ready and waiting.

This story starts off as more of a slow burner than book one, in which the reader was immediately plunged into the action. This time the author concentrates more on scene setting and character development which is effortlessly done, so you really feel a connection with the protagonists. What seems to be a bit of a mundane scenario is then suddenly turned completely on its head however and the story picks up a fast pace from there.

This novel sees thirty something businessman Tom Bryce picking up a CD left behind on a commuter train. With no significant details on it, he loads it into his computer, thinking there will be some kind of identification on it so he can dutifully return it to its rightful owner. What he sees on the CD however leaves him reeling and his life is immediately pulled into a shocking nightmare...

This gritty story really is no holds barred and some details of the crimes involved are a bit gruesome, but nonetheless the story remains fascinating and believable given all the little details added by the author. There's a couple of little twists thrown in which make it all the more enjoyable as a reader.

A couple of other reviewers have picked up on the minor Americanisms that seem to filter into the authors writing, and given that he's spent time across in the States writing, I suppose this is a given fact, but it doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the story.
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Tom Bryce, company owner, picks up a CD on a train that somebody has left behind. Tom fully intends to hand the CD back to its rightful owner but before he does, he looks at the disc to see what is on there, which proves to be a huge mistake. He witnesses a murder on the CD but he is unsure what to do especially after the perpetrators realise he has the disc and they trace Tom. Tom has the support of his wife and he goes to the police, which has massive consequences for both him and his family.
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team have to establish the identity of the victim, establish the identities of the perpetrators and establish their motives as well as ensure the safety of the Bryce family. The book follows the investigation of this disturbing crime.
This is the second book in the hugely popular Roy Grace series and picks up a matter of months following the events of ‘Dead Simple’. ‘Looking Good Dead’ seamlessly picks up where ‘Dead Simple’ left off.
I really enjoyed this book. The book itself is really well written and structured. The chapters are written in such a way that you just have to read on & on. Peter James is a brilliant author, in that he describes events in such a way that you feel part of the team and as if the events he describes are happening right in front of you.
Again the characters are well written and believable. Roy Grace is a man battling his own demons as his wife is still missing and his life is seemingly on hold until he finds a resolution to the situation. Roy’s best friend & colleague, Glen Branson is dedicated to his work but he is also a married family man. Glen’s wife is getting very upset with how his work takes over his life. It seems as though he has to work on improving on his work-life balance.
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Having enjoyed the first in the Roy Grace series (apart from the ending -which is a pretty big part!) I wanted to give this series a second try. I did warm to Roy Grace in the first book and very much enjoyed the story.

In Looking Good Dead the story again gets off to a very good start. Tom Bryce, struggling with his business and his wife's spending habits, has enough to worry about without having to put up with a loudmouth yapping into his mobile on his commuter train ride home. When the guy leaves a CD on his seat, Tom, too disinterested to give chase, picks it up and and shoves it in his bag. Only later when he idly decides to check out the CD does he find he is viewing what appears to be a snuff movie. Then the threats start.

Roy Grace is called in. His background story (wife disappeared some years ago and has never been found) moves along nicely with a date in the offing and the age-old problem of what to wear.

The story proceeds at a good pace as Tom Bryce gets more desperate to protect himself and his family.

There is some mention of Grace's faith in pyschics to help with the investigation but this time not to the point of it being a cop out - phew! An enjoyable story.
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