In his deadliest case yet, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace faces a complex kidnapping in Dead If You Don't, by award winning crime writer Peter James. Now a major ITV series, Grace, starring John Simm.
Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is on his worst run of luck yet. Taking his teenage son, Mungo, to a 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, Mungo suddenly disappears and Kipp receives a terrifying message: someone has his child. And, to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.
Roy Grace is brought in to investigate what seems to be a straightforward case of kidnapping. But, very soon, Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .
'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business' – Karin Slaughter, author of The Silent Wife
Although the Roy Grace novels can be read in any order, Dead If You Don't is the fourteenth title in the bestselling series. Discover more of the Brighton detective’s investigations with Dead at First Sight and Find Them Dead.
Early in James's pedestrian 14th procedural featuring Sussex Det. Supt. Roy Grace (after 2017's Need You Dead), Grace and his 10-year-old son, Bruno, join the crowd in the city of Brighton and Hove's Amex Stadium for the home team's first game in the Premier League. Grace doesn't know that the stadium's head of security, Adrian Morris, has been warned that a bomb will go off during the match if an anonymous caller's demands aren't met, or that Morris has refused to meet them. Fortunately, the bomb, concealed in a camera that evaded security checks, is abandoned a few rows ahead of Grace, who identifies the suspicious object before it can explode. The bomb scare coincides with the abduction of 14-year-old Mungo Brown and ransom demands made of the boy's shady mortgage broker father, leading Grace and his team to wonder about a link between the two crimes. Most readers will anticipate how everything plays out, and James undercuts his otherwise realistic portrait of police work with a Bond villain complete with a crocodile pit.