Book Review for DEAD IF YOU DON'T by Peter James

DEAD IF YOU DON'T by Peter James
Roy Grace Series, Book 14
Pan Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought:  A hard-hitting police procedural packed with secrets and the murkiness of human nature.

DEAD IF YOU DON'T is one hell of a ride. From the kidnapping to an attempted bombing to criminal organizations, this book has it all.

When I first started reading the book, I couldn't fathom how all these disparate stories were going to meld into a cohesive narrative. However, as the investigations plodded on, everything began to intertwine. The realistic and candid portrayal of the way the police pieced things together allows readers to get right in there with Roy Grace.

Book Review for DEAD IF YOU DON'T by Peter James

In addition, I have to mention how fascinating it was reading about the characters and how they reacted to the things which were thrown at them. There is a such an honesty in this book. James understands human nature from all its perspectives. 

As a side note, this is the 14th book in a series. Having not read any of the previous novels, I can tell you I had no problem following the story. I am sure some of the nuances and comments between characters might have been lost on me, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the plot.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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 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 off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. 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 in to 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 . . .

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About the Author: Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over nineteen million copies, and has given him many Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. Peter has also written a short story collection, A Twist of the Knife, and his standalone titles include Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill. The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple and Not Dead Enough have all been turned into smash-hit stage plays. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police. Three of his novels have been filmed and before becoming a full-time author he produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons.

Book Review for DEAD IF YOU DON'T by Peter James

Book Details:

Series: Roy Grace (Book 14)
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Pan Books (October 18, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 150988341X
ISBN-13: 978-1509883417

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