Dead Simple

ISBN: 1-4050-5163-9

Dead Simple is the 1st in the Roy Grace series, published in 35 languages.

Four bodies, one suspect, no trace. The first case for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.  

It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain - more than anyone realizes. For one man's disaster is another man's fortune...Dead simple...

The stunning first novel in a gripping new mystery series, Dead Simple marks the triumphant return of one of Britain's most ingenious crime writers.

Peter explains why he created Detective Superintendent Roy Grace:
"Roy Grace is a new, and very different detective, based in Brighton, in England - a city that is the favoured place to live in the UK for first divison criminals (I was told this by a former Chief Constable). Grace's own experience and personal loss - his wife, Sandy, has been missing for nine years - leaves him open-minded to all methods of police work in order to find the truth about the cases he investigates - and to try to find out what happened to his wife. He uses everything available, from high tech to old fashioned police slog, from forensics and pathology analysis, and because of his own interest in the paranormal, is open to input from mediums and clairvoyants. I'm deeply fascinated by the many facets of police work, and particularly how it is changing with the times, and my research for the Grace novels takes me through almost all of it."

Dead Simple
Published May 2005

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Peter James's superior thriller... gripping...nail-biting...a satisfyingly complex puzzle
- The Times
Ingenious plotting, high suspense and tight writing should guarantee instant lift-off for this new series
- Daily Mail

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