As a huge fan of Peter James books, I am absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour for his latest book Need You Dead. Once more, it’s another cracker of a book featuring the Brighton detective Roy Grace.
I’ve been a nervous wreck trying to get everything right for this even though I’m no stranger to blog tours.
So down to business.
The 13th Roy Grace™ novel by the number one bestselling author Peter James
Published by Pan Macmillan in hardback
On 18th May 2017
Praise for Peter’s Roy Grace novels:
“Peter James has established a series that is taking over from Ian Rankin in sales…” Front Row, Radio 4
“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.” The Times
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, even those you consider closest to you may not be who they say they are, and a chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything.
When the body of a woman is found in the bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first, it looks like an open and shut case but Grace is hesitant as ever to make assumptions and as the investigation lengthens so does the list of men with motives for killing Lorna.
As well as dealing with one of his most mysterious cases yet, Grace must cope with an unexpected new addition to the family. His existence may have only just been discovered following the death of Grace’s ex-wife, but ten-year-old Bruno is moving to Brighton to live with his Dad.
As the case unfolds, with each possible conclusion as tantalisingly plausible as the next, a sudden turn of events reveals the case to be more sinister than Grace could ever imagine.
Dedicated to authenticity, Peter bases his books upon real life experiences he has witnessed through shadowing the Sussex Police. In Need You Dead, he focuses on domestic violence and, in particular, a case in which the police are called out to a tearful woman reporting that her live-in boyfriend had pushed dog faeces into her mouth. Peter was invited in to hear the woman’s story. This was not the first time that the police had been called to her address but when asked why she does not simply leave her abuser, she answered that they owned expensive tropical fish and that he was the only one who knew how to clean the tank. Domestic violence victims often have a low self-esteem and the thought of being on their own leads to irrational reasons to stay.
Peter also studied the increasing number of internet crimes that are now outweighing the number of thefts and burglaries that take place. One example Peter cites is known as the “Friday night scam”. Like in the book, the interception of bank transfers is becoming an increasingly popular e-crime. Many couples want to be in their new home for the weekend, so Fridays is the busiest time of the week for house purchase completions. Using malware, criminals will hack a law firm that does conveyancing, and they will look for a house or flat purchase due to complete late in the week. They will then intercept the communications between the solicitor and client, causing a delay in the client transferring the funds to his lawyer. Late in the day, after the law firm’s switchboard has closed and the solicitor has gone home, the anxious purchaser finally gets an email from his solicitor telling him there is a change of plan, for security purposes, and gives them a new account into which to transfer the funds. However, this email is not from the solicitor, it will just look like it to anyone in a rush. The client won’t be able to contact the solicitor to verify the new instruction and anxious to get into the new home, sends the money off – never to be seen again.
Peter James does it again! This is the 13th book in a series that never seems to go stale. As a Peter James fan, I’ve been waiting for this one and his books never disappoint. One more an interesting array of characters, some of whom just seem to end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. The plot of the book reminds me of the Walter Scott quote ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive’, because an affair where there is deceit on all sides leads to such catastrophic events that once set in motion are impossible to retract from, or even survive, as one or more characters don’t.
Straightforward policing and procedure are eventually what leads Roy Grace and his team to undercover what really happened to the victim in this case.
As usual, you can feel the authenticity of the police work and the time the author spends researching with actual Brighton and Hove police officers really pays off.
I loved the introduction of the ‘special recogniser’ unit, that brought a fascinating extra dimension to me. Especially having been a part of a Forensic Witness Identification course recently.
As usual Roy Grace’s private life has some complications with the death of his wife in the previous book and the discovery that he has a son.
I was sorry to finish this as now I have to wait for the next one in the series. I’m envious of new fans discovering this series and author for the first time.
A link to an audio file of a reading from the book Audio file: Need You Dead by Peter James
About Peter James:
Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now published in 37 territories. Peter’s Roy Grace novels, have had 11 consecutive Sunday Times No 1s. In the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart and in May 2015, You Are Dead, derailed The Girl On The Train’s 3 month chart domination going straight in at No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts. ‘Love You Dead’ in hardback was Peter’s eleventh Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and Peter’s first non-fiction title ‘Death Comes Knocking’ written in association with Graham Bartlett, Head of Sussex Police was published in July 2016, scoring Peter a hat trick of titles in the Sunday Times charts within a month.
Peter’s novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (2010) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. It was adapted into a play called The Perfect Murder which did its first, smash hit tour starring Les Dennis in 2014 and is touring again with Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace in Spring 2016. The original run was followed by the play of Dead Simple in 2015, starring Tina Hobley and Jamie Lomas which was an equally big success during its 6-month nationwide run. Not Dead Enough, the third of Peter’s books to be translated to stage, is currently touring the UK to critical acclaim, starring Shane Ritchie as Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey.
Peter, an established film producer, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex, Patron of Brighton & Hove Samaritans, and Patron of Relate, among many other charitable posts he holds. Peter has been two-times Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel in 2012. Last year, 2015, he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time.
Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and Sussex. Peter is available for interviews and to write features. Find out more about Peter James at http://www.panmacmillan.com and Peter’s website www.peterjames.com and follow him on:
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