It sounds like something from the opening pages of a Dan Brown novel. A well-known thriller writer is typing away at his desk when the phone rings. He answers, and a mystery caller announces that he has proof of God’s existence, and wants the writer’s help to make it public.

This, though, isn’t fiction. It is what happened 30 years ago to Peter James, the best-selling British novelist and creator of the award-winning Detective Superintendent Inspector Roy Grace books. Now, though, like the consummate storyteller that he is, James has used that long-ago telephone call as the basis for his new blockbuster, Absolute Proof.

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