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Peter James is one of the UK’s most popular crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold more than one and a half million in the UK alone and six million worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 34 languages and his latest novel, ‘Dead Like You’, went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists at no 1 in both hardback and paperback. His novella, ‘The Perfect Murder,’ went to No 1 on iBooks and has spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. Peter has developed a close working relationship with the Sussex Police over many years, spending an average of one day a week with them, and his writing reveals a unique insight into the reality of modern day police work. He has carried out extensive research with police in Moscow, Munich, Paris, Melbourne, Sweden, New York and Romania, and regularly attends international police conferences to ensure he is at the cutting-edge of investigative police work.

Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and on the South Downs near Lewes in Sussex. An established film producer and script writer, he has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community.

In 2016 Peter James was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger - the Crime Writers' Association's highest honour - awarded each year to a writer who has a career "marked by sustained excellence" and has made "a significant contribution" to English-language crime writing.

Peter James was the winner of the ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger 2011.

Author photo © Peter Rowland

If you like Peter James you might also like to read books by Tom Cain, Ian Rankin and Graham Hurley.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Peter James

Need You Dead by Peter James
Need You Dead
Peter James
A humdinger of a read, the authenticity shines throughout this thrilling tale. Set in Brighton and the surrounding area over two weeks, Detective Superintendent Grace finds himself in the middle of one of his most challenging cases… one murder victim,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Love You Dead by Peter James
Love You Dead
Peter James
Love You Dead is the gripping twelfth book in Peter James' Roy Grace series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
The House on Cold Hill by Peter James
The House on Cold Hill
Peter James
Highly Recommended. Before embarking on his bestselling series of Roy Grace crime novels Peter James wrote many bestselling supernatural thrillers. With The House on Cold Hill he makes a return to this genre. All James’ books...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
Love You Dead by Peter James
Love You Dead
Peter James
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
You are Dead by Peter James
You are Dead
Peter James
The eleventh Roy Grace novel by one of Britain's best-loved crime writers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
The House on Cold Hill by Peter James
The House on Cold Hill
Peter James
I have been an enormous fan of this author right from the beginning of his career. His early books were thrillers, ghost stories, science fiction and paranormal tales, all rather special and weird. Then he turned to police procedural mysteries...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
A Twist of the Knife by Peter James
A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
A stunning collection of short stories each with a twist that is sometimes shocking, sometimes unexpected and always hypnotic. Mr James writes in different areas although he has recently become famous for his Roy Grace detective series and indeed Roy’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2015
Atom Bomb Angel by Peter James
Atom Bomb Angel
Peter James
Originally published in 1982, fans of Roy Grace are in for a treat. This is James Bond territory, a terrific read of a global terrorist threat where nuclear power stations in the western world are the targets for a multi-headed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2014
A Twist of the Knife by Peter James
A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
A stunning collection of short stories each with a twist that is sometimes shocking, sometimes unexpected and always hypnotic. Mr James writes in different areas although he has recently become famous for his Roy Grace detective series and indeed Roy’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Want You Dead by Peter James
Want You Dead
Peter James
From No. 1 bestselling crime and thriller writer Peter James comes Want You Dead, the 10th book in his multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace.
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
Dead Tomorrow
Peter James
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Peter James is shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work. At Lovereading we...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Want You Dead by Peter James
Want You Dead
Peter James
The tenth Roy Grace, Brighton-based police procedural crime thriller. There is more about his lost wife, his partner duo and other characters but you don’t need that detail if you are new to the series. The main protagonist or ‘victim’...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Perfect Murder by Peter James
The Perfect Murder
Peter James
How do you commit the perfect murder ... ? Previously published as part of the Quick Reads scheme, this is a novella by bestselling author of the Roy Grace series, Peter James.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
Dead Letter Drop by Peter James
Dead Letter Drop
Peter James
Now reissued with a brand new introduction by Peter James, Dead Letter Drop is Peter James' first ever novel, originally published in 1981.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2014
Dead Man's Time by Peter James
Dead Man's Time
Peter James
Sarah Broadhurst's view... The ninth Roy Grace mystery. This one is a little different so an excellent starting place for new readers for all background material you need is provided. Grace’s ex-wife’s disappearance still hangs over him but he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
Dead Man's Time by Peter James
Dead Man's Time
Peter James
This is the series everyone is reading. From the #1 chart-topper Peter James, comes the ninth novel in the multi-million copy bestselling Roy Grace series ... See the video below to hear Roy Grace talking abut his writing and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Not Dead Yet by Peter James
Not Dead Yet
Peter James
This excellent series featuring D.S. Roy Grace is back for his 8th case. An obsessed stalker is after rock superstar Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton....
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2012
Perfect People by Peter James
Perfect People
Peter James
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Crime & Thriller of the Year' 2012. Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012. John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four- year-old son from a rare genetic disorder....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
Not Dead Yet by Peter James
Not Dead Yet
Peter James
This excellent series featuring D.S. Roy Grace is back for his 8th case. An obsessed stalker is after rock superstar Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton....
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/06/2012
Perfect People by Peter James
Perfect People
Peter James
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011. John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2011
Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Not Dead Enough
Peter James
This is the 3rd in the series with Roy Grace as the central character and they are all top notch crime thrillers. Again set in Brighton Grace has the evidence to convict a man for a series of brutal murders...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/10/2011
Dead Man's Grip by Peter James
Dead Man's Grip
Peter James
Winner of the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace returns ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Dead Like You by Peter James
Dead Like You
Peter James
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2010. This is the 6th Roy Grace thriller. Grace finds himself investigating crimes that bear similar characteristics to some unsolved crime over ten years earlier. With the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/10/2010
Dead Like You: Unabridged Audiobook by Peter James
Dead Like You: Unabridged Audiobook
Peter James
This is an unabridged audiobook title. This is the 6th Roy Grace thriller. Grace finds himself investigating crimes that bear similar characteristics to some unsolved crime over ten years earlier. With the opening...
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 10/06/2010
Dead Like You by Peter James
Dead Like You
Peter James
This is the 6th Roy Grace thriller. Grace finds himself investigating crimes that bear similar characteristics to some unsolved crime over ten years earlier. With the opening up of these old cases we also go back in time to Grace’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/05/2010
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
Dead Tomorrow
Peter James
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Peter James is shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work. At...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/06/2009
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
Dead Tomorrow
Peter James
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Peter James is shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work. At Lovereading...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/06/2009
Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Not Dead Enough
Peter James
This is the 3rd in the series with Roy Grace as the central character and they are all top notch crime thrillers. Again set in Brighton Grace has the evidence to convict a man for a series of brutal murders...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2007
Looking Good Dead by Peter James
Looking Good Dead
Peter James
Experienced author of supernatural thrillers turned tack with Dead Simple and began a crime series starring an intriguing character, DS Roy Grace, based in Brighton. It was terrific. Now we have the second, equally terrific. We get to know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2006
Looking Good Dead by Peter James
Looking Good Dead
Peter James
Experienced author of supernatural thrillers turned tack with Dead Simple and began a crime series starring an intriguing character, DS Roy Grace, based in Brighton. It was terrific. Now we have the second, equally terrific. We get to know...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/05/2006
Dead Simple by Peter James
Dead Simple
Peter James
A totally gripping crime thriller with a new cop on the block, one Roy Grace, scarred by a past which surely will be revealed in future books. His first case for us involves a man buried alive in what appears...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/01/2006

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