Peter James

You Are Dead

"James hits the bulls-eye every time"


The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing - and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes. Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

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Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is one of my favourite coppers and I'm always delighted when I can reacquaint myself with him. As ever his ridiculously talented creator, Peter James, puts him through the wringer, both in the line of duty and in his private life. There are few authors who can create series arcs such as the disappearance of Sandy and keep it going for so long without losing their readers' interest. James's skill is such that he now has me as interested in the Sandy plotline as the main story. A hangover from the previous novel also has a very moving impact amid the main story. Grace's calmness under fire is admirable, as is the way secondary characters such as Cleo, Sandy, Norman Potting and a certain odious villain are all portrayed. With an author of this calibre, certain things are expected of the plotting, dialogue, prose and characterisation. James hits the bulls-eye every time as the Roy Grace brand goes from strength to strength.

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