Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace Series #5)

Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace Series #5)

by Peter James


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Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace Series #5) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SandyLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A heart-wrenching story about spunky Caitlin Beckett, a fifteen-year-old in need of a liver. Her mother is desperate to try anything. Superintendent Roy Grace is finding bodies with organs missing and fears that someone is trafficking children and selling their organs. Lynn Beckett finds what she thinks is a legitimate organ broker. Caitlin will never survive the hospital¿s waiting list and the chances of finding a liver from a donor with her rare blood type is looking dismal. James paints a horrific picture of life on the streets for some kids and what they must go through to survive. They are easy pickings for adults who promise them a new life in America.
brokenangelkisses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An overly dramatic title, a grim cover picture and the fact that this was a seriously hefty hardback (536 pages) were overlooked as I read the blurb for my crime reading group¿s latest pick. How far will a mother go to protect her daughter? As a shocking story grips the newspapers in Brighton, Lynn Beckett begins to panic. Her daughter, Caitlin, needs a new liver ¿ now. As the NHS appears unreliable and Caitlin deteriorates, Lynn struggles to disregard the dead bodies discovered, organless, off the coast of Sussex. Surely they have nothing to do with her quest for a black market liver? Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is (somewhat irritatingly) `haunted¿ by the cadavers and the trail of corruption he uncovers, `even more so¿ than any other case he has previously pursued. (I get it: he¿s a caring guy; now please wind down the drama. It simply cannot be true that every case is more shockingly and emotionally disturbing than the last.) The premise was interesting and, although I had not previously read anything by Peter James, I knew that this was his fifth book in the series following this detective.Initial impressionsMy initial impressions of the book were not brilliant. Each short chapter focused on a different set of characters and, although I could see how they were likely to be linked together, I felt that the catalogue of characters introduced at the start made it a little difficult to find a foothold in the story. There is a lot of `set up¿; when I was nearly half way through the contact between some of the characters was still yet to be established. However, James¿ writing is detailed and his habit of sharing his characters¿ inner thoughts helped to make reading more engaging. In fact, some people are perhaps described in an unnecessary amount of detail, in that they are only present in a chapter or three, but this certainly helped me to picture the scene.A gloomy atmosphere is established early on: all the characters are hard working and most of them are miserable. In an effort to accurately depict the strains of working in the police force, James grants one of his characters the misery of a failing marriage. Combine this with a novel following a mother¿s fear of losing her daughter and the indignities of the life of Romanian street children, and you have a very dark novel. This is not a criticism, just a warning regarding the style. I felt that the overall tone of the novel, with some exceptions, was rather bleak. This suited the subject matter, as none of the circumstances could be easily resolved.StyleEach chapter heralds a shift in point of view. Sometimes this is Lynn¿s, or Detective Superintendent Grace, but often it is someone connected to the case, whether that is a criminal, potential victim or another police officer. Initially I found the dramatic cliffhangers at the end of each chapter irritating (chapter one concludes: ¿He¿pressed the starter button of his beloved motorbike for the last time in his life.¿) but I stopped minding after a while. I felt that at least they were properly dramatic and not simply exaggerating. Each characters¿ viewpoint is distinct and well expressed through the third person narration. As the chapters are usually only a few pages, the shifts between perspectives help to create a sense of pace, which is vital in the early chapters due to all the scene setting. Even in the early chapters, there is plenty happening, and I was never impatient for the plot to progress; I could simply feel that this was still `setting up¿ later events, which could possibly irritate some readers.One minor irritation that leapt out at me suggested a certain lack of editing. A description of Grace¿s reaction to the physical appearance of a dead man is repeated thirty pages later, word for word ¿ for a whole paragraph. This is a minor criticism, but it did make me feel the overall product was perhaps slightly less polished than it could be.Overall, the style is not literary but nor is it generall
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the aspects of writing crime fiction that is obviously very important to Peter James, indeed one of the issues that he emphasised in panel sessions and during an in depth interview at CrimeFest 2011, is the depth and accuracy of his research. This is borne out in his novels.DEAD TOMORROW shows James is an authority not only on British police procedures but also on the several topics that the novel touches on. Minute details add authority to his writing, to the point where the reader thinks "I am learning something important here."James uses all this background detail to create another world for us to temporarily to become part of: one where we get to know a complement of characters to the point where we actually care what happens to them.DEAD TOMORROW is #5 in Peter James' Roy Grace series set in Brighton. (#7 has just been published). Grace's wife Sandy disappeared nearly 10 years ago and until now Grace has wanted to believe she is still alive. Her has searched assiduously and even consulted seances. There has been a supposed sighting in Germany but his search has continued throughout the series. But now he has a new love in his life, Cleo, and he wants to move on.I'd like to comment too on a couple of characteristics of James' writing that i find both unusual and well done.The author often reveals that he has fore-knowledge of future events that will embroil a character. There are severale.g. As he headed jauntily along the quay, towards her black hull and orange superstructure, he was happily unaware of the cargo that would accompany them back from his next voyage, scheduled to start in just a couple of hours¿ time, and the trauma it would bring to his own life.Peter James seems to introduce each character rather systematically. He devotes quite a bit of space to background details for each, but once characters have been introduced, the reader knows their paths will converge somewhere sooner or later.As a detective Roy Grace has some defining characteristics. For example one of the tricks he has taught members of his team is to watch what a person's eyes do during an interview. They refer to it as a lie detection test.Here is another extract I found interesting. [Roy Grace believes in occasionally going back to the basics, by referring to a definitive tome on his shelves called the Murder Investigation Manual.] Updated regularly, it contained every procedure for every aspect of a murder investigation, including a well-mapped-out Murder Investigation Model, which he turned to now. The Fast Track Menu, which he read through again now to refresh himself, contained ten points which were ingrained in every homicide detective¿s brain ¿ and precisely because they were so familiar, some of them could easily be overlooked.Grace uses the manual as a personal check list to ensure that he is covering all aspects the investigation should encompass.DEAD TOMORROW is a long novel, one in which the reader certainly gets their money's worth. Partly the length is generated by the fact that there are a large number of characters, and part it comes through detailed descriptive passages. But it is held together by a strong narrative, and the length does not grate.Highly recommended.
mumfie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Run of the mill detective story about organ trafficking.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very dark story of human trafficking for organ parts. In order to save the life of one teenage girl needing a liver, another street kid abducted from Romania must die. Detective investigating the case is racing against the clock while juggling his relationship with his pregnant fiance.
adpaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Dead Tomorrow¿, the 5th in the series about Chief Superintendent Roy Grace of the Brighton CID, is ¿ at well over 500 pages ¿ Peter James' most convoluted novel yet. Roy Grace has moved on from his decade long search for wife Sandy and wants to marry his pregnant girlfriend Cleo: he is over his head in a case involving black market organ harvesting, people trafficking, and cynically manipulative and misleading salesmanship. Lynn Beckett, desperate to save her daughter Caitlin, doomed without an immediate liver transplant, buys a black market organ, not realizing a Romanian street child will be murdered for it. Moral assumptions are questioned in this bleak but well-written thriller
divydovy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read. Not afraid to dive into the dark underbelly of society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disturbing but engrossing exploration of illegal organ harvesting and its myriad ramifications. Well writren and tightly plotted.
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