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Roy Grace, creation of the award-winning author Peter James, exposes the dark side of the internet in Dead at First Sight.
You don’t know me, but I thought I knew you . . .
A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world – and that neither women exist.
Meanwhile, a wealthy divorcée plunges, in suspicious circumstances, from an apartment block in Munich. In the same week, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’s discovered his identity is being used to scam eleven different women, online. The first he knew of it was a phone call from one of them, out of the blue, saying, ‘You don’t know me, but I thought I knew you’.
That woman is now dead.
Roy Grace realizes he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.
Now a major ITV series, Grace, adapted for television by screenwriter Russell Lewis and starring John Simm as Roy Grace.
In British author James's enjoyable 15th novel featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace (after 2018's Dead if You Don't), international criminal Mr. Barrey uses his team of merciless internet scammers, children trained in Ghana, to trick elderly singles on dating sites into falling in love and giving up their life savings. When Mr. Barrey's business partner, Jules de Copeland, who has a penchant for wearing red shoes, goes rogue and sets up his own dating service, Mr. Barrey hires Grace's nemesis, the assassin Tooth, to find and kill de Copeland. Meanwhile, a man wearing red shoes is implicated in the death of a scam victim, initially believed to be a suicide, in Grace's territory of Brighton. This straightforward police procedural offers no plot twists or surprises, but James does a good job of detailing how the same modern technology that can wreak havoc can also help bring crooks to justice. Grace's accepting a new position in London at the end promises a fresh direction for this long-running series. James's many fans will look forward to seeing what's next for Grace.