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 . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Claustrophobics might need to occasionally turn away from this nail-biting crime thriller. Dead Simple starts with a stag-night-prank that goes horribly wrong: Michael is buried alive, trapped in a coffin with only a walkie-talkie, a bottle of whiskey and some pornography for ‘help’. The first book of Peter James’ much-loved series introduces us to Roy Grace, the Brighton-based Detective Superintendent still mourning the loss of his wife. James expertly cranks up the suspense whilst smoothly developing Grace into one of our favourite British detectives. As Roy races against the clock the novel hurtles towards its nightmarish finish and becomes impossible to put down.
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.
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This is my first book I have read by Peter James and what an amazing story. I was gripped by the first chapter. Great characters and a plot that could have come from an episode of 24 or Prime Suspect. One of the best books I have read this year with the most surprising twists from page 500 onwards. Read it, love it!
Not for me
Story’s not bad but the telling is cliched and hackneyed