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Need You Dead (Roy Grace Book 13) by [James, Peter]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 390 customer reviews
Book 13 of 13 in Roy Grace Series (13 Book Series)

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Peter James has penetrated the inner workings of police procedures, and the inner thoughts and attitudes of real detectives, as no English crime writer before him. His hero, Roy Grace, may not be the most lively cop, nor the most damaged by drink, weight or misery, but he's one of the most believable * The Times * Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business -- Karin Slaughter James just gets better and better and deserves the success he has achieved with this first-class series * Independent on Sunday * Meticulous research gives his prose great authenticity . . . James manages to add enough surprises and drama that by the end you're rooting for the police and really don't know if they will finally get their men * Sunday Express * No one can deny James's success as a crime novelist . . . The Grace stories almost always go to the top of the bestseller lists, not least because they are supremely well-told. James writes meticulously researched police procedurals, so informed that you can smell the canteen coffee . . . enthralling * Daily Mail * In my thirty four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts "The Job" -- Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD

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The thirteenth Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel from the highly acclaimed number one bestselling author, Peter James.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2843 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N557W15
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 390 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An enjoyable enough read but not up to Peter's usual standard. As a huge Peter James fan, I found the writing in this particular novel rather lazy/sloppy and the plot lacked the usual suspense that the author has become famous for. Over the past few releases, I have started to find certain detailed descriptions of police procedure a little irritating (the facts might be interesting in their own right but they do distract from the story somewhat). I always like the small chapters and the fact that each focuses on different characters whilst moving the plot forwards, but I don't personally enjoy many of the 'home' scenes - I find the conversations with e.g. Cleo stilted and unnatural. That said, I was looking forward to learning more about Bruno (I'm hoping a future book will focus more on him as I suspect 'all won't be as meets the eye' so far as he is concerned.) Up until the finale, I was going to give this book four stars, but then the ending was such a shock... I actually thought my Kindle had developed a fault at first. There were so many loose ends that one would expect an author of Peter's calibre to tie up (by all means leave on a cliffhanger so that the reader is on the edge of their seat awaiting the follow up novel) but this was awful - the book ended so abruptly that it really was as though the final chapters were missing from the published document. I can't deny being left feeling disappointed (cheated even) and whilst I will continue to read his future novels for now, I really do hope this isn't the standard of writing that we can grow to expect from Peter in the future.
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The usual - a book that you simply cannot put down. All happening as if you are watching a movie
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They say everyone has a book in them but does everyone have a murder in them ?-- maybe so ! maybe when pushed to the limit could we all act in haste and panic, jeopardising the rest of our lives! Well there for the grace of god go I, or there for the God who's Grace go we!
This is truly a rollercoaster of a ride to the end, that will literally have you hanging in the air with shock! So strap yourself in for the chaos of the interweaving suspects and plots against the background of an equal chaotic home life where things are not quite as they seem!
I did wonder throughout why poor Glen Branson, Roy Grace's previous best friend had been somewhat set aside and hope to see him back to the fore in future bouncing ideas off each other as crime's greatest modern day twosome.
So here we have the usual spot-on police procedures writ large, adding that level of realism to the books we all come to expect, along with the brilliantly written illustrations of Brighton's streets we are so familiar with, which put the reader right on the scene. This time however Peter James must have had a crystal ball highlighting the spectre of police cuts and their slow computer systems, which politically the country is becoming aware of in these terrible times, so Peter keep fighting through your books to keep us safe! Personally I was glad to see the back of selfish Sandy's shadow stopping Roy's new life progressing, however for Roy he has taken on a far more insidious burden in so-called son Bruno, who's lurking and waiting to spoil the idyll he'd hoped for and deserved. Get a DNA test Roy, I can't wait to see where this takes us and a year to wait is just cruel!!
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Been a fan of the Roy Grace series since the beginning. This is only my opinion but I feel that the characters need a boost.The stories have been getting tired for a good couple of years. I like the twist in this story, and the ending is just great. To come back to the characters, they feel too settled in what they do. My favourite in the series is Dead like Me. But it feels like a thousand years ago.The characters have become sloppy. Roy Grace is a family man now and he lacks this edge he had at the beginning. The story is as well researched as its ever been about police work,and the fact that it's set in my hometown of Brighton makes it very attractive.
I'm glad the sandy business ( where is she etc...) is done and over was with. No doubt there will be more unveiled about her past soon. Cassian Pewe and Bruno...Father and son ?
This is not a bad review. I'm a fan and am really looking forward to the next one in the series.
If you read this one first in the series I think you'd get bored. I allow myself to criticize a tad because I have been there since the start.
Mr James, I love what you do,been to the plays and loved it, but the way I see it,the story needs a brutal awakening to revive it.
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So many times you say, this is the best book i've ever read, but this time it is probably true. There are several smaller stories as well as two main themes running through this masterpiece and each is as riveting as each other! If you have read previous Roy Grace novels you will know about the long running theme of his ex wife who walked out on him 10 years previous which is resolved in the book Love you dead but is continued in this book, there is so much excitement don't read it when you are short of time as it is the epitome of a page turner. I couldn't put it down and now i'm sorry i finished it. I can thoroughly recommend this title to anyone and if you have never read a Roy Grace story you are in for a treat and the desire to read all the previous titles.
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