Praise for Dead If You Don’t by Peter James

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)

My Review

Hard to believe that this is the 14th book in the Roy Grace series by Peter James. The writing and the character never gets stale for me.

Out of all my favourite crime writers, Peter James is the only one whose books I’m up to date with, because I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

I would go as far as to say that this is the best one yet in the series. Always meticulously researched by the author who spends considerable time with the Brighton police force, absorbing the atmosphere of police work and procedure.

There’s a lot to grasp in this book and it is action packed and riveting.

The story is about the son of a prominent local businessman Kipp Brown, whose son Mungo goes missing when they’re attending a football match together and Kipp’s attention is diverted momentarily.

It soon becomes clear via a note sent to Kipp that Mungo has been kidnapped and his father warned not to contact the police.

Roy Grace however is brought into the picture and working with some familiar characters in previous novels takes on the investigation which leads him on a chase and encounters with some very undesirable characters.

Scary stuff!

An enjoyable rollercoaster ride with some familiar characters along the way. What’s not to like.

All the stars for Mr James. Looking forward to the next book of his.