- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330546007
- ISBN-13: 978-0330546003
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (749 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Not Dead Enough (Ds Roy Grace 3) Paperback – 7 Oct 2011
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Peter James came to many readers attention via his immense success as a horror novelist, but his more recent career as a writer of effortlessly ingenious and readable crime novels has perhaps unfairly -- eclipsed his earlier work. (The author has claimed that he was, in any case, always essentially a crime writer even in the days of his earlier acclaim).
Not Dead Enough marks another welcome appearance for the authors quirkily characterised policeman Roy Grace (who weve already met in Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead). Here, Grace is investigating the bizarre slaying of a member of Brightons social elite, Katie Bishop. Her husband, Brian, appears to be in the clear he was in another town at the time, sound asleep. But Grace begins to suspect the presence of a doppelgänger: is someone else -- nigh-identical to Bishop involved? As in his previous cases, Graces diligent exhuming of murky secrets soon demonstrates that the Bishops outwardly settled lives had darker corners. And as Grace gets close to the truth, he finds paradoxically that its his own beleaguered private life which is on the line.
. With Not Dead Enough, were soon reminded that Peter James métier has long been machine-tooled plotting, and that particular skill doesnt desert him here. James himself spends time with the police of the Brighton area (his own beat) and that research is seamlessly freighted into the narrative here.
Readers are confronted with a dizzying variety of tales of murder and deception these days, but this one has an individual strand that marks it out from the crowd. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'James just gets better and better and deserves the success he has achieved with this first-class series'
--Independent on Sunday
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels.
Attention to detail and the nature of obsession seem to be very close to the author. The whole series is highly recommended but don't buy just one - it won't last very long.
As always, it had everything I look for a PJ novel: detailed research; brilliantly developed characters; pace; smooth, flowing writing; sparkling dialogue; and an interesting, engaging plot. But of course it's more than the sum of these factors that make me addicted to James' books. It's the X factor that so many lack. I noticed it for the first time when I read Dreamer all those years ago. I don't really think it would matter what type of novel the author penned, in whatever genre. It would still grip me. It's the STYLE, man...
This is crime writing at its very best. As other reviewers have pointd out, James is never one to stint on trivial but important details. For instance, I loved reading about Grace's trip to Munich. Reminded me of my own visit a few years ago, though under rather different weather conditions (i.e. freezing cold). He could have just described the visit in a short chapter, but the details and descriptions of settings and people made it really come to life. The same thing applies to all the little details he puts into his books - character traits and faults that make people human. Their ambitions and shortcomings. I esp. love the fact that he's always willing to surprise the reader and that there are no easy answers or solutions; and few coincidences. The people in a PJ story have human failings and don't always get things right. Grace is a pretty average, intelligent bloke, and all the more likeable for it. I also love the Branson and Potting characters. I hope they're going to be around in future Grace novels.Read more ›
This book sees the slaying of a local Brighton socialite whose husband becomes the immediate suspect. The only problem is, he was miles away at the time and has an alibi. Detective Grace digs deep and begins to uncover some murky secrets about the family as his private life faces problems of its own.
What I really did enjoy about this book was the attention to detail the author places in the story, particularly with his rather gruesome depictions of autopsies and whatnot which is very vivid. The nature of the crimes is also quite gory in parts so I would say that if you are squeamish then approach these novels with caution because they go a bit heavy on the bloody details. James also excels in setting a scene- I have never been to Brighton but feel that I could recognise some of his settings used should I ever visit there in future. He certainly doesn't shy away from revealing the seedier aspects of the small coastal town.Read more ›
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