A parent's worst nightmare is Grace's deadliest case . . .
Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't.
Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s big Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.
Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye of Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy is gone. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.
Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought into investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .
About the Author
Peter James is a UK number one bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Globally, his books have been translated into thirty-seven languages.
Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over forty awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Dead if You Don’t” by Peter James is the most recent book featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Readers new to the series will be able to follow the story immediately; return readers will find all the familiar characters from the previous books and learn a little more about them. The book opens with an ominous sound “Tappity-tap, tappity-tap” as a small ball skitters over the numbers on a roulette wheel. It is Thursday, and readers are introduced to Kip Brown at the casino. “Today will be different,” he thinks, and it will, but he has no idea how horribly different the next few days will be. The story progresses non-stop over the next four days, and the chapters are identified with the date and time to emphasize the frantic pace as events unfold. All seems idyllic on Friday as a bride-to-be in Albania contemplates the future. Things are not as pleasant at The Amex Stadium when Adrian Morris receives a threatening phone call. A voice warns him that there will be a bomb under one of the seats at the stadium Saturday unless a ransom is paid. Then, on Saturday, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace attends the Seagulls football game at Amex Stadium with his ten-year old son Bruno. Things deteriorate from there. The characters are complex and multi-faceted. The descriptions are so accurate that one could pick each out on the bus, in the store, or in a lineup. “a stocky, energetic civilian with short dark hair turning grey, and dressed in a blue t-shirt, jeans, and trainers. Places are described with equal precision. “The only other items of furniture in the cavernous space were two chairs, which looked as if they’d been retrieved from a skip, and a rack of Dexion shelving on which stood several jars of chemicals marked with danger symbols.” James is an expert storyteller, and he reveals the action in multiple storylines that intersect and detach in a web of complications. The pace is frantic as complex events unfold, and time runs out on all sides. “Dead if You Don’t” is a wild ride with twists and turns at every corner. James pulls the story threads together with expert skill and surprises that grab the reader. This is a compelling book, and a difficult one to put down.
Oh how I am now in need of sleep. I started the book, I read page and after page, chapter after chapter, and I just couldn’t stop. The storyline pulled me in, the characters were amazing, and I couldn’t help myself but stay awake to keep reading. This is my first Roy Grace novel and I was worried that I would be missing out some of the story but I wasn’t missing a thing. The story started with a new case and ended with the case being solved. That sums it up but there is so much more. There were multiple storylines that I wasn’t sure how they would tie together, there were characters that seemed to know each other but I wasn’t sure how, yet Peter James tied it all up nicely. I had ideas on how it would all come together, I had some of it figured out but not quite all of it. Roy Grace had his hands full. A possible bomb at the football game that he was at with his son, a child kidnap and then add it to the mobsters that he has to interview to find answers. Yet, he kept it all together, worked methodically through the clues, looked outside the box for answers, and figured out how it was all tied together to solve the crimes. It was interesting to see how his brain worked and how he could possibly keep it together with little sleep and a boss that seemed to want to fire him at every turn. This was the first book I have read by Peter James and I am excited to see that he has many more available. I am adding them to want-to-read list.
Thrilling, action-packed, and twisty! In this compelling fourteenth installment in the Roy Grace series, Dead If You Don't, James has written an adrenaline pumping, police procedural that will have Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team investigating a bomb threat, identifying a dismembered body, delving into Brighton's Albanian underworld, and in a race against time to find a missing teen. The writing is taut and descriptive. The characterization is spot on with a cast of characters that are astute, tenacious, and quirky, and a few evil and wicked villains that are easy to loathe. And the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat with its short, zippy, intense chapters that submerge you, page after page, into a world full of football, explosives, gang violence, abduction, greed, arrogance, gambling, deception, secrets, lies, and murder. Overall, Dead If You Don't is an intricately woven, meticulous, complex mystery with a nice sense of urgency, palpable fear, good characterization, and great pace that's a wonderful addition to the Roy Grace series and shouldn't be missed.