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A Twist of the Knife by Peter James
  

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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 first case is here in The Stamp of a Criminal. We also have his first Christmas (or is it?) with Cleo and Noah in Santa Drops In. We have ghost stories, horror, futuristic tales and the shortest of them all, The Knock, just four lines, is brilliant and almost as short but truly horrific is Companionship. My First Ghost Mr James claims to be true for it features the ghosts in his own house, four in all. You can see where the man gets some of his inspiration for many of the ghostly tales were related to him as true and some are the basis of his paranormal books. Wonderful stuff.

If you like Peter James you might also like to read books by Jo Hill, Mark Billingham and Adam Nevill.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Given the fact that collections of short stories are considered something of a hard sell by publishers these days, it is perhaps unsurprising that Macmillan gives no indication that Peter James’ debut collection (in print at least), A Twist of the Knife, is anything other than a novel (although the strapline tips the wink with the phrase ‘featuring the story that inspired the Roy Grace series’). But such caution seems hardly necessary. In fact, James proves (unsurprisingly) to be a master of the form, as those familiar with his work over many years will not be astonished to learn, and as well as encountering his massively successful Brighton detective Roy Grace, we are granted a truly cherishable bushel of sting-in-the tail stories, taken from the e-book bestsellers Short Shockers and Short Shockers 2, plus new material that at times even rivals the master of the shocking short story, the great Roald Dahl.
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Synopsis

A Twist of the Knife by Peter James

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.

About the Author

Peter James

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

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Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Peter James

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
460 pages
Interest Age: From 18

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Short Story Collections
Crime / Mystery

Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780230764378

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