I started reading the novels of Peter James in 2010 and found that just by the down-to-earth well written stories with the confident understanding of characters, he has taken me at times to such a state of suspense, it is no wonder that he has become one of Britain’s best-loved crime writers.
All his stories are located in Brighton, just an hour’s train ride from London, and over the sequence of his novels, Peter James is establishing himself to be as skilful a storyteller as G K Chesterton, Agatha Christie, and Elmore Leonard
And his central character is the resolute police officer Roy Grace, this story “Dead Man’s Grip” is an intensely riveting one in the Grace sequence. At this point the detective is involved in dark developments after a woman is distressed in a fatal traffic accident. The accident has resulted in the death of student, but then the drivers of other vehicles involved are discovered tortured and killed.
Peter’s books are each time well researched and give us readers a meticulous and action-packed story and I certainly recommend it.
If you haven’t already discovered the thrill of reading the Roy Grace series, this is a list of the order:
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
Dead Man’s Footsteps (2008)
Dead Tomorrow (2009)
Dead Like You (2010).
While it’s not essential to read them in sequence, it does mean you can follow the development of Grace’s personal story
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