This was the first Peter James novel I had listened to. Before discussing the book, David Bauckham's voice characterisations are amazing. He gives i..Show More »t everything, going from plummy voiced financial advisor to delinquent drug dealer and his hilarious girlfriend with obvious relish. The book is brought alive by this. The story itself is thoroughly enjoyable, although it has weak sections, and the "twist" is painfully obvious. The characters are marvellous though, and most of the story is rivetting, well told, and there's enough action and suspense to keep it going. Not PJ's best, but a really, really good listen.
Ronnie, an Underbelly spiv from the UK seaside town of Brighton is about to lose the lot. He himself, has disposed of some of his assetts and it seem..Show More »s that reposession agents are to take his car, his house and various other assets. His 'schemes' have let him down. He makes a last ditch attempt to pitch a new scheme to an American contact and maybe, just maybe save his little empire. The pitch is to be made at a meeting set in one of the twin towers New York on the fateful 9/11. The devastation of 9/11 ends Ronnies chances and he swings into a whole new escape plan... he will disappear... die in the disaster... and reappear somewhere else as a new man with just a few remaining assets (fabulous stamp collections) to set himself up as a new man.
The weaving and diving required to achieve this leads investigators from Brighton England to the US and to Australia. Urgency becomes the word as the plot twists and snakes towards its climax.
Believable plot. Characters fleshed out just enough for me to empathise with some and dislike others. Narration was great except the particular Australian accent the reader used hasn't been heard out here in Oz since the 1950s and some of the action took place at Geelong which we pronounce Gee (up neddy) long Geelong not ghee (indian oil) long Gheelong.... just a little giggle there. oh and while we're at it ... Melbourne is pronounced Melbun out here in Oz
Back to the book... a good romp along story . Most enjoyable.
I have now listened to 3 of Peter James's books with Roy Grace as the detective. I enjoyed this one, Dead Tomorrow, the most. I really enjoyed the v..Show More »arying plots, and the pace of the book. I would definitely recommend this book the most so far.
Great reader. Sounds so much like Neil Gaiman (at least to me).
I'm 5 hours in and giving up. Switching back and forth between 1998 and "now" with some of the same characters is way too confusing to liste..Show More »n to. Gonna get the book, because the story is a good one. Nice narration too.
As Peter James continues the story of Roy Grace I am loving the intriguing past snippets that he loves to dangle in front of the reader. His missing f..Show More »irst wife...her psychiatrist sessions leave you constantly dangling. His new fiancé and their beautiful baby Noah and their fates in this story were nail biting. The main police story is fascinating and brilliantly written allowing me to enjoy the plot till the very end.
I rarely give 5 stars which I save for the very, very best. This did not quite deserve 5 stars but was better than my normal 4 star reads; wish you ha..Show More »d ½ star ratings Audible. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who enjoyed a good thriller. It was an all rounder; a well fleshed out book and the ending was perfect.
Soporific redundancy at the hands of greedy publishers and subhuman editors took this batch of somewhat credible characters into the realm of sophomor..Show More »ic tripe. The development of the black lieutenant (or whatever you Brits call them) was a pregnant opportunity wasted. The mawkish, trite expressions of affection were enough to induce nauseous moments. I only wish the future of the crime writing genre can transcend this pablum. I read an author's series to lend them the benefit of the doubt. In this case, I want all my wasted hours (and credits) returned!
SPOILER ALERT: This is the second Roy Grace (Peter James) book I got, just because of Weyman's superb narration. Listening to him is such a pleasure t..Show More »hat I managed to avoid thinking about the logical flaws in the first one (Book 11 in the series.) And BTW, "Roy", the next time you decide to track a serial killer into a tunnel, you might avoid being blasted by a shotgun, if you were armed yourself! Unfortunately, this book ( Book 12) is so absurd, that even Daniel Weyman can't make up the deficits. Among the dozens of irritating things that made me sigh, roll my eyes, or utter unladylike language to myself, are these: So Roy is an astute detective, famed for his methodical approach...and he didn't notice his previous wife was a drug abusing adulterer who couldn't stand being married to him? And instead of getting a divorce, she decided it would be easier to "disappear", go live in Germany, have Roy's child that he didn't know about, etc. Then... in spite of being so sickeningly "sensitive" to his current wife (the annoying, controlling, needy Cleo) that he worries incessantly about changing their baby's nappies and not waking Cleo when he gets out of bed to go to work, so she can rest from taking care of an infant who sleeps 18 hours per day... he displays no interest in finding out whether he, in fact, has another son in Germany, who is essentially an orphan, with no family or money to keep him going. And that's just the stuff that has nothing to do with the ridiculous aspects of the criminal investigation, such as the miraculous conversion of his sidekick from near soccer-lout status to undercover operative, as a suave, billionaire with an American accent.The time spent on this book was almost "worth it" in the sense that it kept my extremely active, identifying the gross flaws in every 10 minutes of this book's plot and characters. But, not enough to endure the blood pressure problems associated with having to endure the accompanying agony.