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Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace series Book 7) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Peter James
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Sometimes authors can mount an all-guns-blazing, full-frontal assault on the bestseller charts, achieving success by bludgeoning their way to the top, utilising well worn, unchallenging methods that can always be guaranteed upon to achieve crowd-pleasing results. But there is another approach, and it is the one adapted by the talented Peter James. By the straightforward expedient of using carefully crafted, well honed narratives with a strong sense of place and a sure grasp of character, James has slowly but surely worked his way towards an almost unassailable position as one of Britain's best-loved crime writers. That sense of place, of course, is located in Brighton, the increasingly fashionable setting just an hour's train journey from London, and over the course of his novels, James is proving to be as adroit chronicler of that town as Graham Greene in Brighton Rock (although James has yet to write a novel quite as intense as Green's masterpiece -- a fact that he would no doubt admit, as Greene's novel is a particular favourite of Peter James). And the character that James locates here is his tenacious copper Roy Grace (shortly to be incarnated in a long-overdue television series). Dead Man's Grip is a particularly gripping entry in the Grace series, although to say that it is not massively different from other books in the sequence is simply to note that James has shown a remarkable consistency over all the Roy Grace books.

Here the detective is involved in dark developments after a young woman is traumatised in a fatal traffic accident. The accident has resulted in the death of student – but then the drivers of other vehicles involved are discovered tortured and killed.

The fact that Peter James has built up considerable storytelling skills over the years is hardly an accident; had he not written a single Roy Grace novel, he would, of course, be remembered for a series of highly professional supernatural outings (recently reissued with covers that rather cheekily suggested the books are like his more recent work). But his most signal achievement is to keep us comprehensively engaged in the increasingly overfamiliar field of the police procedural. Not an easy task, but one that James pulls off with aplomb. --Barry Forshaw

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Sometimes authors can mount an all-guns-blazing, full-frontal assault on the bestseller charts, achieving success by bludgeoning their way to the top, utilising well worn, unchallenging methods that can always be guaranteed upon to achieve crowd-pleasing results. But there is another approach, and it is the one adapted by the talented Peter James. By the straightforward expedient of using carefully crafted, well honed narratives with a strong sense of place and a sure grasp of character, James has slowly but surely worked his way towards an almost unassailable position as one of Britain's best-loved crime writers. That sense of place, of course, is located in Brighton, the increasingly fashionable setting just an hour's train journey from London, and over the course of his novels, James is proving to be as adroit chronicler of that town as Graham Greene in Brighton Rock (although James has yet to write a novel quite as intense as Green's masterpiece -- a fact that he would no doubt admit, as Greene's novel is a particular favourite of Peter James). And the character that James locates here is his tenacious copper Roy Grace (shortly to be incarnated in a long-overdue television series). Dead Man's Grip is a particularly gripping entry in the Grace series, although to say that it is not massively different from other books in the sequence is simply to note that James has shown a remarkable consistency over all the Roy Grace books.

Here the detective is involved in dark developments after a young woman is traumatised in a fatal traffic accident. The accident has resulted in the death of student – but then the drivers of other vehicles involved are discovered tortured and killed.

The fact that Peter James has built up considerable storytelling skills over the years is hardly an accident; had he not written a single Roy Grace novel, he would, of course, be remembered for a series of highly professional supernatural outings (recently reissued with covers that rather cheekily suggested the books are like his more recent work). But his most signal achievement is to keep us comprehensively engaged in the increasingly overfamiliar field of the police procedural. Not an easy task, but one that James pulls off with aplomb. --Barry Forshaw


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Peter James ist Schriftsteller und Filmproduzent. Er war lange Jahre
in den USA als Drehbuchautor und Filmproduzent tätig. Seit er wieder in England lebt, hat er sich vorrangig dem Schreiben gewidmet. Seine Thriller-Serie mit Detective Superintendent Roy Grace ist mittlerweile in 33 Sprachen übersetzt worden. Der Autor lebt im Londoner Stadtteil Notting Hill und seinem Landhaus in Sussex.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Guter Plot, schwache Charaktere 5. April 2012
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Dead Man's GripSeit längerer Zeit lese ich Peter James' Roy-Grace-Romane mit großen Erwartungen, nachdem ich "Dead Simple" durch Zufall in einem kleinem englischen Antiquariat entdeckt habe.
James versteht es, Höchstspannung durch originelle Plots zu erzeugen, die mit detailreicher Kenntnis der Polizeiarbeit in England präsentiert werden - für jeden deutschen Leser, der gern nach England reist, ein Genuss.
"Dead Man's Grip" allerdings ist nicht das stärkste Buch der Serie. Die Figuren geraten doch etwas holzschnittartig. Die Polizisten Roy Grace und Glenn Branson, die im Mittelpunkt der Ermittlungen stehen, wurden im Laufe der Zeit vom Autor nicht weiterentwickelt - anders als etwa Peter Robinson's DCI Alan Banks -, so dass der Leser das Interesse an den Figuren zu verlieren beginnt. Und trotz eines spannungsgeladenen Auftakts kennt er sehr bald die Verantwortlichen für die Mordtaten: Anstatt eines intelligenten Polizeikrimis mit Rätselcharakter erwartet den Leser ein im Großen und Ganzen gut gemachter Action-Reißer.
Albern: Peter James legt in seinen Danksagungen großen Wert darauf zu erklären, wie umfangreich er recherchiert. Wie kommt er da bloß auf die Idee, man müsse in Deutschland beim Bootsverleih für ein Formular seinen zweiten Vornamen angeben? Schwache Punch-Line, mit der der Roman endet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend! 17. November 2011
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"Dead Man's Grip" ist ein weiterer spannender Krimi mit Roy Grace aus Brighton. Besonders gefallen hat mir diesmal sein Gegenspieler, der exzentrische Tooth, der seine plakative Distanz zu seinem "associate" durch liebevolle Handlungen ständig ad absurdum führt. Tooths Figur war in ihrer Schrägheit ein herrlicher Gegenpol zum immer biederer werdenden Roy Grace. Ich hoffe sehr auf die nächste Folge, in der hoffentlich mit diesem langweiligen Roy-und-Cleo-sind-ein-Traumpaar-Gesülze aufgeräumt wird und Sandy eine tragende Rolle bekommt - die Anzeichen in diesem Band stimmen hoffnungsvoll.

Allein schon Tooth ist 5 Sterne wert!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend 6. Mai 2013
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Nicht ganz so wie ich es gewohnt bin von Peter James, aber dennoch gelungen.
Die Sache mit Sandy geht mir ein bisschen auf die Nerven, weil das kein Ende zu nehmen scheint, deswegen
einen Stern Abzug, ansonsten war es durchaus spannend zu lesen.
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Vor zig Monaten habe ich diesen 7. Band der Grace-Serie vorbestellt und mit großer Vorfreude begonnen zu lesen.
Jedoch die Ernüchterung folgte schnell: Der Klappentext klang sehr spannend, doch der Stand des Klappentextes bedeutete 260 Seiten des Buches! Kurze Kapitel von einer halben bis zu drei Seiten, endlos ausgewalzte Gedankengänge und endlose Straßenbeschreibungen - ich denke, dass sicherlich ein Zehntel des Thrillers nur aus Straßenbeschreibungen bestand: Von der X-Street biegt man ab zur-Street, kommt aber auch zur Z-Street oder zum Harbour über die A-Street. Grace wählte die B-Street...... So geht es endlos. Spannung? Überhaupt nicht, keine überraschenden Wendungen, dafür endlos aufgeblähte Beschreibungen. Denn der Auftraggeber der Morde und der Killer sind bekannt.
Vielleicht werden die Polizei-Procedures akkurat beschrieben, es bleibt aber jegliche Spannung auf der Strecke und die Darstellung der amerikanischen Mafia-Familie hat Comic-Buch-Charakter.
Die ganze Story hätte man locker auf 150 Seiten zusammenstreichen können - und das wäre noch viel gewesen!

Natürlich taucht auch Graces verschwundene Frau Sandy wie im letzten Band in kurzen Zwischenkapiteln wieder auf, während er sich in England auf die Hochzeit mit der lieben, wunderschönen, aber blaß bleibenden Cleo freut. Jetzt ist schon klar, dass Sandy spätestens bei der Geburts des Kindes oder der Trauung auftauchen wird und dass er sich zwischen den Frauen entscheiden muss - und es natürlich tragische Wendungen geben muss! Alles läuft daraus hinauf.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen DS Grace thrills again 31. Mai 2011
Von Midnight - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I had pre-ordered this as I am always waiting for Peter James' books to be published. It was delivered to my kindle just after midnight on publication day so I couldn't wait for the opportunity to read it.

It's the seventh novel in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series and once again is set around Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas.

I hate it when reviews give away the storyline so a very brief synopsis:
A teenage student has been killed in a fatal multiple car accident. Other drivers involved in the accident are later found tortured and murdered. DS Roy Grace and his team investigate and try to protect another driver involved in the crash.
Roy's problems in his personal life continue..........

Peter's books are always well researched and give readers a detailed and enthralling tale. I find his style of writing highly readable as he gently leads you through the story and transports you into a world of intrigue and drama.

This latest offering is well worth the read and I certainly recommend it.

If you haven't already discovered the thrill of reading the Roy Grace series, this is a list of the order:
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead: A Detective Superintendent Grace Mystery (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
Dead Man's Footsteps (2008)
Dead Tomorrow (2009)
Dead Like You (2010).

Although it's not essential to read them in order, it does mean you can follow the progression of DS Grace's personal story.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not his best work, but a crucial read in the series! 19. September 2011
Von Best Crime Books - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Now the first thing I want to point out is that I am a huge Peter James fan and in particular of this series. Roy Grace is a fantastic character who I have studiously followed in each book. Peter James has always done a fantastic job of creating stories that capture you and the recurring characters that I have slowly fallen in love with. However, this book failed to leave me with the same satisfaction as others in the past.

The story itself starts off with quite a dramatic car accident. We have a short introduction of the main characters and then the accident itself is described in all its horrific detail. The beginning set the pace and as usual with a Peter James book the pace stays that way usually to the very end. This new book is as usual over 500 pages long and I felt that around the halfway mark my interest was becoming far less that it usually is.

The main storyline is centred on Carly Chase who was involved in the traffic accident that involved the death of a young man. It now seems that Carly's life is in danger by a killer that has already murdered the other two people involved in the accident. I think the main let down for me was the killer themselves; there was a certain air of disbelief that Peter James had taken this route and I found it lessened my enjoyment of the book.

His writing style is as ever fantastic which makes a book ten times easier to read and as usual his characters are all very strong and make a lasting impression. The appearance of the much loved characters is again a sign of how good a writer he is, so from that perspective he cannot be faulted. Roy Grace along with Glenn Branson and some other recurring characters are as ever brilliantly written and people I want to continue seeing.

Roy's relationship with Cleo is visited throughout the story and we see the glimpses of potential problems for both of them in the future. It is hard to explain why without containing plot spoilers but trust me; this element of the book is brilliant because Peter James has you so hooked on finding out what will happen you just HAVE to buy the next book he publishes.

The last part of these books is the element of Roy's past concerning his wife Sandy. At the end of his last book I was convinced we would see a conclusion to it in this book. I was wrong! In a way I was irritated by the fact as a reader I didn't get the answers I wanted, but boy does Peter James throw in a shocker at the end of this book! It was enough of a shocker to nearly make me forgive him the weak killer element of this story.

Overall I really enjoyed the writing style and elements of the story, but the weak element of the killer really made it feel a bit of a let down for me. Finding it hard to rate but will probably say middle of the road. Not his best book in this series, but a crucial element in the ongoing saga of Roy's past! My advice is to start at the beginning of the series and work your way through.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Series has become a bit unrealistic... 27. Dezember 2011
Von M. D. Mulhern - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed the past books in the Roy Grace series very much. This one just seemed a little far fetched. I thought the antagonists, "Tooth" and "Fernanda" were way over the top- sadistic killer and drunk, crazy mom, were very not believable and were very flat stereotypes. I also found the plot twist took Carly to the US contrived and also unrealistic.

The set up and plot were thin...premise was okay....family wants revenge for child's death. But would things really have gotten so out of hand that the family would not look at the facts and realize who was at fault for the accident?

I also found the underlying plot revolving Roy Grace's personal life...you guessed it...hard to believe. In one sense it was nice to get some continuity regarding recurring threads from the other books, but I found that I was not satisfied and had more questions. I wonder about the motives of this character.

There was a neat "blink and you miss it" cameo from another character...I always enjoy those.

So..weak book for me....don't judge the series by this novel alone.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 'I Want Them To Suffer, And I Want Them Dead' 1. November 2011
Von prisrob - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Detective Superintendent Roy Grace may be one of my favorite characters in a mystery, police procedural thriller. It is difficult at times to define Peter James's writings, at times mysteries, combined with police procedural and both thrillers. I have followed DS Roy Grace,who works in his beloved, Brighton, about an hour outside of London, and in this novel discovered that his fiancee thinks he looks like Paul Newman. Yes, he is one of those policemen that you want on your side, good looking or not. He is thorough, effective, looks at every detail, and will do whatever it takes to get his man.

A horrific accident involving three vehicles and a bicyclist lead to a series of events that cause more murders and mayhem, and it takes all of DS Roy Grace's wiles to put everything in place. Carly Chase, a divorce lawyer, newly widowed and with a teenage son, Tyler, is driving to her office after a night of heavy drinking. Stuart Ferguson, a driver for a Scottish salmon farm, is driving to Brighton to deliver his wares. Ewan Preece, on the cusp of being released from prison is driving a stolen white van. All of them arrive at the same place,at about the same time, and one of them kills a young man who was bicycling to his graduate class.

In the midst of this tragedy, DS Roy's fiancee, Cleo, is having difficulty with her pregnancy. Those of you who have read all of the novels involving Roy Grace, know that his first wife, Sandy, has gone missing and it is now 10 years. We are given a glimpse of what may occur in future novels with the missing Sandy, but that is enough of that. The young college student who was killed, turns out to be the grandson of the King of the Mafioso in New York. The young man's parents swear to avenge his death, and a contract is put out to kill all involved in the case. As the student's mother has said, 'I Want Them To Suffer, And I Want Them Dead'. One of the most gruesome of killers, Tooth, is the man who is hired as the contract killer.

This was a formidable novel in many ways. It is fast paced with intricate swerves. You must pay close attention. The characters developed by Peter James are always strong people who leave a lasting impression. The recurring characters are much loved, and it is like meeting old friends, again. The novel surrounds an American Mafia family, and some parts of this plot are not as believable as others. This is a brilliant novel as usual, but not the best. The best is yet to come.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 10-31-11

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dead Man's Grip 20. Februar 2012
Von Kaye - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For anyone that has read PJ's Roy Grace books this one was far too predictable. Just after the first few chapters it was obvious what was going to happen. I'm afraid Mr. James has fallen into the trap that so many successful writers fall into after churning out so many books of the same genre, the worst sin of all, predictability!

With the very last pages of the book I can guess where the next book will go in regards to Roy Grace's personal life. I won't say here and may never know for sure as I think I will give Roy Grace a rest for a bit.
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