Firstly I wish to thank Alice Geary at Midas PR for inviting me to read and review DEAD IF YOU DON’T by Peter James the fourteenth book in the already hugely successful Roy Grace series.
Published by Pan Macmillan in hardback
On 17th May 2018 at £20.00
A PARENT’S WORST NIGHTMARE IS GRACE’S DEADLIEST CASE . . .
Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don’t. Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the Amex stadium for their team’s biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again. But as a massive, covert manhunt for the boy and his kidnappers begins, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace starts to realize that not all is what it seems . . .
Dedicated to authenticity, Peter bases his books upon real life experiences he has witnessed through shadowing the Sussex Police and often uses their techniques in his novels. In researching Dead If You Don’t, Peter travelled to Albania to gain a better understanding of the roots of the 2,000 strong Albanian community in Brighton; investigated untraceable cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, that are commonly used to pay ransoms; and visited the pyrotechnic team behind the explosive Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson World Tour. Peter drew upon his connections with Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team to establish police procedure when faced with a kidnapping and shadowed the Amex Stadium security team to authentically plot out the kidnapper’s moves, although certain details have been omitted or altered to protect security measures.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Kipp Brown is on a pretty grim run of bad luck where gambling is concerned. In fact he is up to his neck in it and well some people never learn to quit. After receiving a call to say there is a bomb in the football ground he owns, that will be detonated if he doesn’t pay up, he still takes a gamble that it won’t happen. Brown and his son Mungo are at the game and so is Roy Grace and his lad Bruno. Now two things happen, Grace does what he does best and saves to-day, while Mungo disappears from the football ground amid all the goings on.
When Brown receives a ransom request and calls in the police, it isn’t long before 2 and 2 are making 5 for Roy Grace and the team but the situation becomes all too real, with the number of dead people adding up quicker than a calculator. Oh my there are some rather cold-blooded killers in the mix where friends are only friends until you have to kill them. Will Brown gamble one more time to get his son back?
This is a story that put me on high alert as soon as I began reading and that is how it remained until the end. Peter James really is a master of perfection with his meticulous eye for detail. That is a very well-known fact and often mentioned but boy can he not only tell a story, he lays out these little tentacles of rippling uneasy, that just sit in your mind because they are festering for future books. The back bone of the stories, the personal lives of the team, especially Grace. I don’t think Grace will be as lucky as Brown. I think nature may have won in Bruno’s case, terrible for Grace but ……………….
No matter how quickly paced these stories are Grace has a calming influence about him that makes you trust everything he says and does. That also goes the other way too. When Grace’s says he will break someone he will put just as much energy into that, no matter how big they are. The dangers are real. This is a cracking addition to the Roy Grace collection. Highly recommended!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PETER JAMES is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 19 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now published in 37 territories. Peter’s Roy Grace novels, have had 12 consecutive Sunday Times No 1s. In the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart and in May 2015, You Are Dead, derailed The Girl On The Train’s 3 month chart domination going straight in at No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts. Love You Dead in hardback was Peter’s eleventh Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and Peter’s first non-fiction title Death Comes Knocking written in association with Graham Bartlett, Head of Sussex Police was published in July 2016, scoring Peter a hat trick of titles in the Sunday Times charts within a month. His last Roy Grace Need You Dead went straight in at no 1 in the paperback bestseller charts in October 2017 and stayed in the top 10 for nine weeks. With ‘Dead If You Don’t’’, Peter’s new Roy Grace published in May this year, Peter’s next standalone thriller, Absolute Proof, is released in Ocotber 2018.
Peter’s novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (2010) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. It was adapted into a play called The Perfect Murder which did its first, smash hit tour starring Les Dennis in 2014 and is touring again with Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace in Spring 2016. The original run was followed by the play of Dead Simple in 2015, starring Tina Hobley and Jamie Lomas which was an equally big success during its 6-month nationwide run. Not Dead Enough, the third of Peter’s books to be translated to stage, toured the UK to critical acclaim in 2017, starring Shane Ritchie as Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey.
Peter, an established film producer, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex, Patron of Brighton & Hove Samaritans, and Patron of Relate, among many other charitable posts he holds. Peter has been Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association twice and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2011. As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel in 2012 and in 2015 he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time. In 2016 Peter won the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger Award for best crime writer and in February 2018 he was awarded Specsavers Honorary Platinum Award and joined the Specsavers 21st Century Hall of Fame of bestselling authors for the past decade.
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