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Peter James - Author

About the Author

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

Featured books by Peter James

Need You Dead

Need You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead. Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

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Love You Dead

Love You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2016

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect ...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 of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind ...and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. 

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Love You Dead

Love You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2016

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect ...

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You are Dead

You are Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

The last words Nick Walton hears from his fiancee, Logan Somervile, are in a terrified mobile phone call from her. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and telephone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up an old asphalt pat in a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a young woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for 30 years. At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing and another body from the past surfaces. Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know a piece of information about Logan. Later Roy Grace makes the chilling realization that this one thing is the key to both the past and the present ...Brighton has its first serial killer in over eighty years.

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The House on Cold Hill

The House on Cold Hill

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their twelve-year-old daughter Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, he has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being separated from her friends. Within days of moving in, it becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents of the house. A friend of Jade's is the first to see the spectral woman, standing behind her as the girls talk on FaceTime. Then there are more sightings, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. As the haunting becomes more malevolent and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the terrified family discover Cold Hill House's dark history, and the horrible truth of what it could mean for them ...

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A Twist of the Knife

A Twist of the Knife

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A Twist of the Knife is Peter James' gripping first full-length collection of thirty short stories, including all the stories featured in Short Shockers 1 & 2 plus many more. With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins ...From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a couple heading for a disaster-filled vacation ...In multi-million-copy bestselling author Peter James' collection of short stories we first come to meet Brighton's finest detective, Roy Grace, and read the tale that went on to inspire James' hugely successful novel, Dead Simple. James exposes the Achilles heel of each of his characters, and makes us question how well we can trust ourselves, and one another. Each tale carries a twist that will haunt readers for days after they turn the final page ...Combining every twisted tale from the ebook bestsellers Short Shockers One and Short Shockers Two, with a never-seen-before collection of new material, A Twist of the Knife shows Peter James as the undisputed grand master of storytellers with this sometimes funny, often haunting, but always shocking collection.

Atom Bomb Angel

Atom Bomb Angel

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

A reissue of this early thriller from multi-million-copy bestselling author, Peter James. Terrorists are threatening to sabotage Britain's nuclear power plants. One nuclear explosive smuggled inside a reactor would turn the entire core into a massive atom bomb ...and bring death and disease to millions of people for centuries to come. When Sir Isaac Quoit, chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority, disappears without trace, MI5 are alerted to the mysterious Operation Angel. Slick superspy Max Flynn is briefed to crack the code - but can he beat the deadline before Angel strikes? Who are the terrorists? Why are the KGB involved? What are their aims and which power stations will they sabotage? If he does not act fast, Britain will be engulfed in a nuclear nightmare.

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A Twist of the Knife

A Twist of the Knife

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins ...From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a couple heading for a disaster-filled vacation ...In multi-million-copy bestselling author Peter James' collection of short stories we first come to meet Brighton's finest detective, Roy Grace, and read the tale that went on to inspire James' hugely successful novel, Dead Simple. James exposes the Achilles heel of each of his characters, and makes us question how well we can trust ourselves, and one another. Each tale carries a twist that will haunt readers for days after they turn the final page ...Combining every twisted tale from the ebook bestsellers Short Shockers One and Short Shockers Two, with a never-seen-before collection of new material, A Twist of the Knife shows Peter James as the undisputed grand master of storytellers with this sometimes funny, often haunting, but always shocking collection.

Want You Dead

Want You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN ...Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead...Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too ...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.

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Want You Dead

Want You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2014

IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN ...Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead...Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too ...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.

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The Perfect Murder

The Perfect Murder

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for nearly twenty years. Victor secretly loathes Joan more and more each day. Joan is bored by Victor, and his snoring drives her mad. Their marriage has reached a crisis point ...Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life for ever, but he's about to get a nasty surprise. As it turns out, Victor's not the only one with murder in mind ...

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Dead Letter Drop

Dead Letter Drop

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Max Flynn, undercover agent, has the unenviable job of spying on his own side. When to kill, who to kill, whether to kill are all questions which have to be answered at great speed if he wants to stay alive. But why does an innocuous airline ticket No. 14B matter so much? Who has gone to the trouble of committing suicide? And could Flynn's beautiful companion be a spy? The hazy, murky world of counter espionage leaves no room for errors of judgement and Flynn knows he's finished if he makes one false move.

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Dead Man's Time

Dead Man's Time

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

SOME WILL WAIT A LIFETIME TO TAKE THEIR REVENGE ...A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.

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Dead Man's Time

Dead Man's Time

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2013

SOME WILL WAIT A LIFETIME TO TAKE THEIR REVENGE ...A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back. Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man's greed and another man's fury.

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Dead Man's Grip

Dead Man's Grip

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2011

I want them to suffer, and I want them dead...Carly Chase is traumatised ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. The student had deadly connections. Connections that stretch across the Atlantic. Someone has sworn revenge and won't rest until the final person involved in that fatal accident is dead. The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change identity. The terrified woman disagrees - she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready ...

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Other books by Peter James

Need You Dead

Need You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead. Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

Possession

Possession

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2017

Poterya edinstvennogo syna perevorachivaet zhizn' Aleks i lishaet ee pokoya. Ej vse vremya mereshchitsya, chto on gde-to ryadom. V dome tvoryatsya neob"e;yasnimye veshchi, i rassudok Aleks, uspeshnoj, obrazovannoj, privykshej myslit' racional'no, otkazyvaetsya vosprinimat' proiskhodyashchee. Napugannaya zhenshchina obrashchaetsya k mediumu. Na spiriticheskom seanse priotkryvaetsya zavesa nad tajnoj rozhdeniya Fabiana, kotoruyu Aleks hranila mnogo let. Odnako na vopros, kto zhe ego nastoyashchij otec, ona i sama ne znaet otveta. Okazyvaetsya, ej voobshche malo izvestno o lichnoj zhizni Fabiana. I Aleks reshaet uznat' vsyu pravdu o svoem syne, kotoryj budto vzyvaet k nej o pomoshchi iz mira tenej.

Dein Tod wird kommen

Dein Tod wird kommen

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2017

Sie waren dem Tode geweiht - Der elfte Fall fur Detective Superintendent Roy Grace von Nr.1-Bestsellerautor Peter James Als Logan Somerville in die Tiefgarage ihres Apartmenthauses in Brighton fahrt, sieht sie nur eine schemenhafte Gestalt. Ein Mann sei da unten, berichtet sie ihrem Verlobten Jamie Ball voller Panik am Telefon. Es folgt ein Schrei. Danach ist die Leitung tot. Nur wenige Minuten spater ist die Polizei vor Ort. Logans Auto steht ordentlich geparkt da. Auf dem Beifahrersitz liegt ihr Handy. Doch von Logan keine Spur. Kurze Zeit spater taucht bei einem Londoner Psychiater ein Mann auf, der behauptet, er habe Informationen uber Logan. Liegt hier der Schlussel fur die Aufklarung einer ganzen Serie von Mordfallen? fragt sich Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

DREAMER

DREAMER

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2017

V rannem detstve Samanta Kertis okazalas' uchastnicej strashnyh sobytij. I vot teper', mnogo let spustya, proshloe vozvrashchaetsya, prichudlivo vtorgayas' v nastoyashchee. Samante postoyanno snyatsya sny, v kotoryh figuriruet odin i tot zhe zloveshchij personazh. Vot tol'ko neponyatno, ugrozhaet on ej ili, naprotiv, pytaetsya predupredit' ob opasnosti? A mozhet, stoit povnimatel'nee prismotret'sya k tem, kto okruzhaet ee nayavu? Vdrug ehti lyudi sovsem ne te, kem kazhutsya?

Need You Dead

Need You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2017

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead. Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

Das Haus in Cold Hill

Das Haus in Cold Hill

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 27/04/2017

Spannend und herrlich schaurig: Englands Bestsellerautor Peter James hat eine hervorragende, gruselige Geistergeschichte geschrieben.Fur Ollie und Caro Harcourt und ihre Tochter Jade ist es ein wirkliches Abenteuer: Ihr neues Zuhause ist ein riesiger, verfallener alter Kasten. Genau das Richtige, um es von Grund auf zu sanieren, eine veritable Geldanlage. Doch die Harcourts sind nicht die einzigen Bewohner. Ungewohnliche Dinge gehen hier vor sich, eine gespenstische Frau in Grau wandelt durch die Flure. Als die verangstigten Harcourts schlielich die dunkle Geschichte von Cold Hill erfahren, ahnen sie, dass ihr Leben auf dem Spiel stehen konnte.

DENIAL

DENIAL

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2017

Dve znamenitye v proshlom aktrisy, otchayannye sopernicy v bor'be za slavu, odna za drugoj pokonchili s soboj. Nichego neobychnogo dlya bogemnogo kruga: krah kar'ery sprovociroval psihicheskoe rasstrojstvo, privedshee k suicidu... Vo vsyakom sluchae, takovo mnenie lechashchego vracha, izlozhennoe v koronerskom otchete. No u detektiva-konsteblya Glenna Brehnsona nashlis' veskie osnovaniya ne verit' dannoj versii. Sluchajno li ehto sovpadenie, ili kto-to zhelal ih smerti? Kakie tajny svyazyvali ehtih nemolodyh zhenshchin? Kto umret sleduyushchim? Otvety na ehti voprosy predstoit najti Glennu Brehnsonu i Amande Kehpstik, prodyuseru dokumental'nogo fil'ma o psihiatrah, kotoraya po vole sud'by okazalas' v ehpicentre zloveshchih sobytij.

Dich will ich toten

Dich will ich toten

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

Single, 29 Jahre, rothaarig und feurig, Liebesleben in Schutt und Asche, sucht neue Flamme in ihrem Leben, um ihr Feuer neu zu entfachen. Spa, Freundschaft und wer-wei-vielleicht-auch-mehr? "e;Dich will ich toten"e; ist der 10. Fall fur Roy Grace des englischen Bestsellerautors Peter James, in dem ein charismatischer Stalker das Leben seiner Ex-Freundin zerstoren will. Als Red Westwood den gutaussehenden, charmanten, reichen 35-jahrigen Bryce Laurent uber eine Dating-Agentur kennenlernt, ist sie sofort von seinem Charisma fasziniert. Aber je intensiver ihre Beziehung wird, umso mehr kommt seine dunkle Seite zum Vorschein. Bryce hat ein Lugengespinst ersonnen, nichts von dem, was er Red erzahlt hat, entspricht der Wahrheit. Und langsam wachst ihre Angst. Nach einem Jahr verbannt sie ihn mit Hilfe der Polizei aus ihrer Wohnung und ihrem Leben. Aber nichts ist vorbei, der Albtraum beginnt erst jetzt. Denn Bryce ist besessen von Red. Er will alles zerstoren, was ihr lieb und teuer ist. Und zum Schluss will er sie toten. Denn wenn er sie nicht haben kann, dann soll es auch sonst niemand. Kann Detective Superintendent Roy Grace einen Stalker stoppen, dessen Liebe so erdruckend ist wie der Tod?

Love You Dead

Love You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2016

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect ...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 of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind ...and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. 

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Love You Dead

Love You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2016

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . . 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 of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. Love You Dead is the gripping twelfth book in Peter James' Roy Grace series.

Billionaire

Billionaire

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

From Peter James, the award-winning author of the Roy Grace series, comes Billionaire, an exhilarating financial thriller. City stockbroker Alex Rocq leads a comfortable life - with a luxury flat in London, a country cottage, a very expensive car, and a lucrative job that still leaves time for leisure. But all this isn't enough. After receiving a tip-off, Alex decides to play the commodities market for himself. He soon learns the hard way that fortune doesn't always favour the brave, and his luck comes to an abrupt end. When he is offered the chance to write off his debts - in exchange for special services and silence - Rocq can't believe his luck. But how far will a desperate man go to harness the power players around him?

Roy Grace Ebook Bundle: Books 1-10

Roy Grace Ebook Bundle: Books 1-10

Author: Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2015

The first ten novels of Peter James' enormously popular, multi-award-winning crime series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace are collected together in this ebook bundle.These ten bestselling titles follow Brighton's best police detective as he investigates missing persons, terrible murders, copycat killers, and races against the clock to catch dangerous criminals before they strike again.Peter James' Roy Grace Ebook Bundle: Books 1-10 contains the following gripping novels from the Roy Grace series: Dead SimpleLooking Good DeadNot Dead EnoughDead Man's FootstepsDead TomorrowDead Like YouDead Man's GripNot Dead YetDead Man's TimeWant You Dead

You Are Dead

You Are Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

You are Dead is the eleventh thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series. They were marked for death. The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancee, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years. At first, to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing - and yet another body from the past surfaces. Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?