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Dead Simple is the stunning first novel in the number one bestselling Roy Grace series from award-winning author, Peter James.
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace's first major case is one he'll ever forget.
It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. But a few hours later, the groom has disappeared
and his friends are dead.
With only three days to the wedding, Grace is contacted by the man’s distraught fiancée to unearth what happened on that fateful night.
Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know of the groom’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes, for one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . .
British author James's far-fetched but terrifying thriller is the first of a new series featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace. Michael Harrison, a successful real estate developer with a penchant for practical jokes, gets a horrible taste of his own medicine. As a prank, four of his friends bury Michael alive in a coffin equipped with a breathing tube and a bottle of whiskey and leave him, ostensibly for a couple of hours. But when their van crashes head-on into a truck and three of them are killed (the fourth dies later "in hospital"), Michael is trapped. His cell phone doesn't work, but he does have a two-way radio whose companion is in the hands of Davey, a mentally challenged young man who finds the phone near the scene of the accident. Grace, a detective with a taste for the supernatural (he uses mediums to help him solve crimes), gets on the case and discovers just how devious Michael's friends have been. The "buried alive" trope is undeniably powerful, and Grace shows promise as a hero but the crime and the plot surrounding Michael's plight are just too cumbersome and transparent to really engage the reader.