Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Series #7)
Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Series #7)

Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Series #7)

by Peter James

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Overview


Carly Chase is still traumatized after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change her identity. The terrified woman disagrees—she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447272618
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 10/09/2014
Series: Roy Grace Series , #7
Edition description: New
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 464,960
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(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 Grip

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On the morning of the accident, Carly had forgotten to set the alarm and overslept. She woke with a bad hangover, a damp dog crushing her and the demented pounding of drums and cymbals coming from her son's bedroom. To add to her gloom, it was pelting with rain outside.

She lay still for a moment, gathering her thoughts. She had a chiropody appointment for a painful corn and a client she loathed would be in her office in just over two hours. It was going to be one of those days, she had the feeling, when things just kept on getting worse. Like the drumming.

'Tyler!' she yelled. 'For Christ's sake, stop that. Are you ready?'

Otis leapt off the bed and began barking furiously at his reflection in the mirror on the wall.

The drumming fell silent.

She staggered to the bathroom, found the paracetamols and gulped two down. I am so not a good example to my son, she thought. I'm not even a good example to my dog.

As if on cue, Otis padded into the bathroom, holding his lead in his mouth expectantly.

'What's for breakfast, Mum?' Tyler called out.

She stared at herself in the bathroom mirror. Mercifully, most of her forty-one-year-old - and this morning going on 241-year-old - face was shrouded in a tangle of blonde hair that looked, at this moment, like matted straw.

'Arsenic!' she shouted back, her throat raw from too many cigarettes last night. 'Laced with cyanide and rat poison.'

Otis stamped his paw on the bathroom tiles.

'Sorry, no walkies. Not this morning. Later. OK?'

'I had that yesterday!' Tyler shouted back.

'Well, it didn't sodding work, did it?'

She switched on the shower, waited for it to warm up, then stepped inside.

DEAD MAN'S GRIP. Copyright © 2011 by Really Scary Books/Peter James. All rights reserved. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

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Dead Man's Grip 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
adpaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a trend for British cities to inspire their own crime series ¿ Stuart MacBride¿s Aberdeen, Mo Hayder¿s Bristol and now Peter James¿ Brighton, with Detective Superintendant Roy Grace, who has taken on a life of his own above and beyond the crimes he investigates. When the son of a mafia princess dies in a traffic accident she wants revenge on those involved and hires a sadistic killer to film their murders: although Carly Chase was in no way responsible for the boy¿s death, she was over the legal limit at the time of the accident and the assassin saves her for the last, most gruesome fate of all. Carly flies to New York to try to reason with the dead boy¿s mother and just makes the situation worse, while back in Brighton Roy Grace and his team attempt to find the killer using more traditional methods and, when Carly¿s son is kidnapped, it becomes a race against time. In addition, Roy¿s girlfriend Cleo is pregnant and before he marries her he has to have his first wife Sandy, who vanished ten years before, officially declared dead ¿ but Sandy, living in Germany with her son, becomes aware of this and is assailed by conflicting emotions. An absorbing and exciting story which although following traditional paths and offering little new in the way of plot twists or events, is well written with wonderfully crafted characters. Peter James¿ Brighton is a grand place to visit for a weekend read.
Eyejaybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rather disappointing - I think that Roy Grace has past his shelf life.
Ronrose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has his hands full with a new baby due and a major investigation underway. This fast paced British police procedural starts with a random traffic accident resulting in the death of a young American man who was struck while riding a bicycle. Three motor vehicles were involved. A car driven by a woman who crashes her car when narrowly avoiding the bicycle. A white van that hits the young man, then speeds away. Lastly a tractor trailer that can't stop before the bicyclist is thrown under it's wheels resulting in the youth's death. A tragic accident, yet it is about to be complicated by the revelation that the youth's family is connected with the mob. The wrath of God would have to take second place to the terrible vengeance that will befall the people involved in this accident. This very good suspense story is told from the viewpoints of all the major participants. I found it very detailed and quite imaginative. The character types, while familiar, are very well handled with some very interesting twists. This book is a follow up to Dead Like You in the Detective Roy Grace series. Book provided by the well read folks at Minotaur Books.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received this as a first read giveaway. I have read all the Roy Grace books and this one kept to the high standard set by his previous books. An accident involving a car, a truck and a white van that drives away after hitting a killing a cyclist sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Grace and his team investigating. Also set backs in his private life keep the novel swiftly moving. A fantastic twist at the end just add to this very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had saved MY money. Didn't like this book from page 1 and found the language offensive.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This is the seventh in the Roy Grace series, detailed police procedurals that take place in the Brighton area of Great Britain. The tightly written plots carry the reader from page to page wondering what comes next. And the nearly overwhelming [in a good way, to be sure!] detail keeps the reader from guessing the next step. This novel begins with the gruesome death of a young man, who defies his mother, the daughter of a mafia don in New York City, to study at a Brighton university and live with his English girlfriend. One day, on the way to school, riding his bike on the wrong side of the road, he is narrowly missed by a car driven by Carly Chase [who swerves onto the sidewalk to avoid him], but is hit by a tailgating white van [which leaves the scene], then rolls under a truck’s wheels and is killed. The plot stems from this incident, with the mother hiring a hit man to torture and murder the three drivers. When two of them are found dead, it behooves Carly to attempt to protect herself and her young son. And thereby hangs a tale, a rather detailed description of the killer’s movements, and the efforts of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and the entire Sussex police force to capture him. By all means get a copy and read it. Highly recommended.
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Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has his hands full with a new baby due and a major investigation underway. This fast paced British police procedural starts with a random traffic accident resulting in the death of a young American man who was struck while riding a bicycle. Three motor vehicles were involved. A car driven by a woman who crashes her car when narrowly avoiding the bicycle. A white van that hits the young man, then speeds away. Lastly a tractor trailer that can't stop before the bicyclist is thrown under it's wheels resulting in the youth's death. A tragic accident, yet it is about to be complicated by the revelation that the youth's family is connected with the mob. The wrath of God would have to take second place to the terrible vengeance that will befall the people involved in this accident. This very good suspense story is told from the viewpoints of all the major participants. I found it very detailed and quite imaginative. The character types, while familiar, are very well handled with some very interesting twists. This book is a follow up to Dead Like You in the Detective Roy Grace series. Book provided by the well read folks at Minotaur Books.
BarboOH More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read and I would recommend it. Only reason not a 5 star is it seemed to drag in a couple of places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*sighs* I love ypu