Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace Series #4)

Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace Series #4)

by Peter James


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Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton.

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ISBN-13: 9781447272649
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 10/09/2014
Series: Roy Grace Series , #4
Edition description: New
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter James is a New York Times-bestselling writer of crime fiction. His novels, which include the bestselling Roy Grace series, have been translated into 36 languages, with worldwide sales of 17 million copies. He is Overseas Vice-President of International Thriller Writers in the U.S., and served two terms as chairperson of the UK Crime Writers Association.

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Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
adunlea More than 1 year ago
Dead Man's Footsteps By Peter James Dead Man's Footsteps is another Roy Grace's crime thriller by Peter James. It is an exciting but complex novel with flashbacks, lots of characters and plots but well integrated. Its ISBN is 0330446134 and it is published by Pan Books. Like James' other books it is very well researched, written and has great dialogue. Ronnie Wilson a failed business man uses 9/11 to pretend he died and escaped to a new country and created a new identity. Five years later a womans body is discovered in Brighton and accross the world another womans body is found. Both are later identifed as Wilson's first and second wives, all dead. It becomes more sinister Ronnie Wilson is dead but then he is linked to another woman who is terrorised by Ronnie. Inspector Grace these murders in an effort to save a woman's life in a race against time. Inspector Grace is always on the search for any clues on his disappeared wife Sandy. What happened Sandy more clues are given but not answered in this novel. There are many plots and twists in this thick novel and it is a real page turner. The closing line is brillant make the reader scream more more information and the next book. This is an exciting read and another bestseller that will please any crime lover or Peter James fan. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth in his DS Roy Grace series, Dead Man¿s Footsteps by Peter James continues the high standard of the series. Although so far none of the books has matched the high suspense level that the first book delivered, this one comes close. The series is classed as a police procedural, but these have the added bonus of being fast paced with thrilling plots that keep the pages flying by. Roy Grace is a complex character with a strong work ethic and although he has his problems with one superior, and jealousy is an issue with another, overall he is a well respected member of the Sussex Police. Working and living in Brighton, Roy¿s main issues stem from his past and his wife who disappeared without a trace over nine years ago. Although he is trying to move on and develop new relationships, having a missing person case of this nature plays havoc with his personal life. Dead Man¿s Footsteps deals with how Ronnie Wilson, a shady businessman, took advantage of having scheduled a meeting at the World Trade Center in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001. Now, years later, bodies are beginning to surface - one in Brighton and one in Australia - that have connections to Ronnie Wilson. DS Grace and his team are beginning to suspect that perhaps Ronnie survived 9/11. Meanwhile, a young woman is in hiding in Brighton, but her nemesis has found her and now she is fighting for her life. As the tension mounts, the police seem to be moving ever so closer to putting the pieces together and we can see these storylines start to merge.I felt a little like I was riding a rollercoaster as the book seemed to move faster and faster as we drew to the end. With many a twist and turn this is a genuine thriller and I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it pays to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dodgy British businessman Ronnie Wilson can't believe what he is witnessing. It is nearly 9 am on September 11, 2001. He is seriously late for his meeting with Donald Hatcook on the 87th floor of New York World Trade Center's South Tower. And the South Tower is disintegrating before his eyes. But he doesn't see tragedy. He sees opportunity.Six years on, October 2007, in Brighton, England, a female body has turned up in a storm drain on Detective Superintendent Roy Grace's patch. It bears an uncanny resemblance to Grace's missing wife Sandy. Almost simultaneously, half way across the world, a second female body is discovered in a lake near Melbourne, Australia.In an echo of what must have happened ever so briefly on 9/11, Abby Dawson is trapped in a malfunctioning lift in Brighton. The lift feels as if it is dangling by a single cable and her cries for help are going unheeded.Before long Roy Grace, newly promoted to head up Major crimes finds himself managing an investigation that spans three continents. This is #4 in the series that focuses on the English seaside town of Brighton, although in DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS, the town merely provides the background. These four books really are a series with continuing characters, and narrative threads that bind them together. James is truly creating a world about DS Grace: the threats to his authority, the people he has to work with, his personal life. I'm the sort of reader who likes to read a developing series in order, but this novel could also be read and enjoyed as a stand alone.
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of those stories with parallel time lines, with part of the action set in September 2001 in New York, part in October 2007 in Brighton with characters crossing from one to the other. Whilst this scenario is quite clever I didn't feel it quite came off. Superintendent Roy Grace is again the main character and Supt Cassian Pewe, who first appears in a previous book, makes another appearance, but doesn't really ring true as a character. Overall not up to previous standards in my opinion.
SandyLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I often wondered if anyone near the Trade Center buildings on 9/11 ever thought of how easy it would be to start over. I thought it would make a great plot and James obviously thought the same thing. Ronnie Wilson has the proverbial black thumb. Everything he touches puts him deeper in debt. He wages everything on a meeting with a friend in one of the towers and watches in horror as the tower where he is to meet crumbles to the ground. At first he is furious because it was his last ditch effort to make it. But then he sees it as a chance to start over. James bounces from 9/11 to current day as a young woman is stalked by a man who believes she has something that belongs to him. Roy Grace¿s investigation sends him to New Your while others in his department work the case of the stalked woman. Meanwhile Grace continues to wonder what happened to his wife, Sandy, who disappeared nine years ago. Another well-crafted chapter from across the pond.
salurocks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely a first for me with Roy Grace the character and Peter James as the author.For a change the novel is based out of UK.. Its gripping and definitely a thriller keeping you on tenterhook!!!!
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1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. This author has become one of my favorites. Twists and turns throughout the whole book. Highly recommend!!!!!
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