This is the series everyone is reading. From the number-one chart-topper Peter James, comes the ninth novel in the multi-million-copy, best-selling Roy Grace series....
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.
©2013 Really Scary Books/Peter James (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"Overall worth a listen"
I mainly enjoyed this book, but was irritated by the constant references to the new born, Noah's, impact on the household - it became tedious - how sore his mother's nipples were, how Grace would give up his life for him etc etc..... enough! However, this aside, I enjoyed the book, it was well narrated, and Roy Grace and his sidekick are both likeable characters. I was a little disappointed in the final twist in the novel, and felt it was unnecessary and improbable.
Generally there really wasn't a great deal of mystery in the plot - only a question of what a series of numbers meant. I wouldn't rush to pick up another Peter James novel.
"One more great Roy Grace Storie"
one more great Roy Grace storie if you are a fan this one is for you
"Insight into USA racial problems"
The detail of the narration was full of atmosphere and gave a remarkable picture of the bigotry and ignorance still prevalent in parts of the USA on the question of racial integration . But , some parts did seem repetitive
and full of detail not exactly relevant to the main thrust of the story . One final point , perhaps because I am part of the older generation , and maybe not as open minded as younger readers , whilst accepting that maybe it was essential in setting the general atmosphere of the story , I really did flinch at the constant use of the derogatory term used for Afro Americans in the story , but perhaps that was the intention ? My problem perhaps , but I really do find it sad that in just telling the story we are still using emotive terms to describe race that are disrespectful and perpetuate a culture that should have been totally eradicated many years ago .
I have listened to all of the other books leading to this one. Every one is brilliant. When I started listening to this book I was so disappointed with the narrator and his voices. I found it hard to get into it. The problem was that each character has their own voice and I was used to that but the DS suddenly went from a deep voice to a medium and fast paced tone. This I must say, threw me.
I think it would be nice if the narrator familiarised themselves with the characters before reading. Especially if it's in the middle of a series.
Apart from that little flaw, it is still worth listening to.
If you feel the same as I do and understand what I mean please agree with me and hopefully we can avoid this from happening again.
"Another fantastic listen"
Another great listen from Peter James - I thought I might give up on Roy Grace but this book sparked my interest again
This was so much better than the previous book. Really enjoyed the plot and the characters - Cleo not as irritating in this book! Narration excellent.
"The brilliant Peter James"
Brilliantly written and narrated perfectly, well done again for a book I could not stop listening too, and thinking about after the ending.
Amongst the top 10 and I have listened to 100's
The last twist, very unexpected.
GREAT narration. Excellent plot, believable characters.
"One of the weaker Graces"
Solid, robust storytelling as ever but sadly rather thin plot. Occasional touches of brilliance though usually many more per chapter.
"The best yet..."
I really enjoyed the latest offering from Peter James. The story was a little more complex and different enough from the others that it was less formulaic than the past books in the series were becoming. The back story to Roy Grace is being developed to an interesting level too. My only real complaint would be the repetition of things from book to book, but I suppose that has to be the case for people reading them out of sequence.
Roy Grace. I think the series all hinges on him. As the lead character, he is the focus and that his fate is why I have been listening on...
Not sure, however, out of the series, he is probably the best of the narraters.
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