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Publisher's Summary

In an evil world, everything is for sale....

The body of a missing teenager is dredged from the seabed off the Sussex coast, missing vital organs. Soon after, a further two more bodies are found...

Caitlin Beckett, a 15 year old in Brighton will die if she does not receive an urgent transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down her mother takes drastic action and goes to an online broker in black-market organs. The broker can provide what she wants, but it will come at a price.

As Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid, while a desperate mother will stop at nothing to save her daughter's life....

Dead Tomorrow is the fifth novel in the multi-million copy best-selling Roy Grace series from number one author Peter James.

©2009 Peter James; (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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The best so far of the Dead... series

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 varying 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).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good plot

The plot is enjoyable - with enough twists and surprises to keep you intrigued. Unfortunately the narrator misses the feel of the book and detracts from the enjoyment thereof.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 10-03-12

terrible narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was unable to finish listening to the book because of the narrator. He sounds like a train spotter & should not be allowed to perform another book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Peter James? Why or why not?

I love Peter James & will listen again with a different narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Bauckham?

Stephen Fry, Roy Dotrice, Simon Vance, Anton Lesser or John Curless

Was Dead Tomorrow worth the listening time?

All his books are great, I wish I could get all the way through. I may have to buy the paper edition instead.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story

Great story! Maybe the best so far. There was less of Grace's personal story and more detail on the organ harvesting and transportation. Very riveting! It almost read like it should have a countdown clock running in the corner like some older tv thrillers would have. Quite a timeline.

We were introduced to great characters and we, at least I, cared for them.

I liked the fact that the author has cut back on using the exact same words for descriptions-what's in his office, what the PM room looks like, etc.

Narration was spot on.

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Predictable

This is for the mass market. No thinking required to consume this book. Rubbish. Slow

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A great listen

Another Peter James winner. Don't know how he does it but Roy Grace, Norman Potting and Glen Branson feel like old friends already. Plan to listen to whole series.
Also very well performed.

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  • J
  • 05-11-17

Author took Way Too Long To Tell The Story

I like a long book but this one went into so much unnecessary detail the story became dull. Only the excellent narration kept me from giving up. I am reading the complete Roy Grace series but my advice to anyone else doing the same would be to skip this one...you won't miss a thing.

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Great performance & characters

The female characters I found a little grating but overall very enjoyable. Looking forward to the Sandy story developing.

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Good story...with a few loose ends

This was a good book overall. The story started off a bit slow but picked up after a while. I felt like some loose ends needed to be tied up. I don't want to leave any spoilers but I wanted to know more about the resolution of some of the main characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • 12-29-09

Best one yet....

This is a GREAT audiobook. Excellent story, excellently read. I felt that Peter James had really defined each character, with a particularly well-observed depiction of young teens. Even the regulars felt more rounded and three-dimensional than ever before. It is rare that I feel bereft when a book ends - this is one of those rare times.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • joanne
  • 11-17-09

do "read" this

gripping from start to finish. Topical, moving and very thought provoking. Should be used by NHS to demonstrate the need for more organ donors.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • JonR
  • 07-16-10

A Real Page Turner

This is 3rd D S Grace book that I have listened to, and in many ways is possibly the best. As commented by other reviewers Peter James' ability to flesh out his characters and make them totally believeable is uncanny, as is the amount of technical detail, not just police procedure, that fills his novels. Even as I approached the final stages of the book I could not decide what the outcome would be, and the author did not disappoint, providing a realistic outcome. Very well narrated as usual by David Bauckham, he certainly has a great style bringing each character you life in the unique voice that he uses for each. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • chris
  • 03-22-10

Entertaining

A multi-layered police procedural with the solving of a multi-national human trafficking ring running in parallel with a desperate mother's search for a liver donor for her dying daughter. Plenty of suspense and challenging questions of morality to keep the listener engaged and thinking.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 03-12-12

Good story overburdened with superfluous details

It's hard to believe that this book is by the same author as the excellent Dead Man's Grip. Dead Tomorrow's basic story of the two sides of human organ trafficking is topical and thought-provoking, but the narrative is mired in endless detail about what people are wearing, how their hair is coiffured and the furniture in the room. It's noticeable that this book is much longer than other in the Roy Grace series. There's also far too much sugary prose about Grace and his new love Chloe that verges on nauseating. Some of the other characters don't ring true, especially Lynn, whose daughter desperately needs a liver transplant, who though employed in a job that needs people-skills she peppers her speech with the F-word when, for example, speaking with member of the transplant team. Swearing has it's place but to be effective it should be used sparingly in books and plays.

Having enjoyed other books in the series I put this book down as an aberration.

The reader does a good job ploughing through all the verbiage!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 04-21-16

Tomorrow Takes Just too Long to Arrive

Dead Tomorrow explores new territory for Roy Grace as he gets drawn into the murky world of human trafficking for organ transplants. It’s a nasty business and James does not shy away from any of the horrific implications. Human interest in the plot is very high, the scenes in Bucharest are quite moving and the story of the family impacted by serious liver disease will tug at your heart strings.

I definitely enjoyed this book but it isn’t perfect. It’s the longest of the Roy Grace books to date and I don’t feel the extra time is particularly well spent. At times the narrative becomes bogged down in description that adds very little. Some of the dialogue is well below the standards that we have come to expect in this series, especially between Grace and Chloe. On the other hand the detailed local knowledge and research we have come to expect features very prominently. A personal highlight for me was the inclusion of the “Arco Dee” a real dredging ship that I have photographed myself. However, I think this book really could have done with some tougher editing. Cruelty for kindness would have been no bad thing.

So, a decent enough installment in the series and with better editing it could have been a highlight. As it is it’s not the one to judge the series by and I do think I won’t be alone in having hoped the ongoing storyline of the central characters would have moved on just a touch more.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • M.N.Walls
  • 10-18-14

Loads of characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, very believable, although it is a bit graphic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kaitlyn and her mum. And of course Norman Potting, but he only has a brief part.

What about David Bauckham’s performance did you like?

His voice has grown on me, and I don't know how he achieves so many characters.

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  • DesignerL
  • 08-04-14

Read it rather than listen to it.

I have had to give up on this due to the awful narration. The story itself is good, but the narrator does such an awful job with his grating voice it stopped me listening to it.
He makes every woman sound like a simpering idiot and the character of Chloe is just cringeworthy and unneccesary. All the other characters seem to have something about them but the relationship between Chloe and Roy is sickly and unreal, adults just don't talk to each other like that. Going back to the narration, Lyn despite her daughter urgently needing a new liver, speaks like she is trying to appease a three year old who won't eat his peas. The daughter is voiced as whiny and each word is drawn out with exactly the same inflection in the tone for every single sentence. The book is great, but this narrator really let the story down. I won't listen to another book narrated by him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • margaret
  • 06-25-11

great story,

This is a very good story ,as usual, from this writer, my only complaint is the naration. To my ears the slightly nasal tone gives the character a slightly 'maronic' sound, Perhaps I've been spoiled by the sympathetic narrations of the Ian Rankin, Terry Pratchet et al novels

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Samantha
  • 12-17-09

average

not even nearly as good as the first 4..sorry !! Narrator was not great either. Good story, let down by the details

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Andi-Ra
  • 07-16-17

Gripping

My favourite book of the series yet - totally captivating. I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Linda Lea
  • 06-09-17

Gripping - a bit disturbing!

The various elements of the story are all interesting and compelling - especially having come through the series where you have some knowledge of the central characters.
The trafficking issue was fairly confronting and dealt with in a way that had you involved and sympathetic and outraged all at once!

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  • S. Cunliffe-steel
  • 01-04-17

A little slow

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listne to the audiobooks when I am working in the garden or exercising. If I have been reading this book, I probably would have given up about halfway through.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter James before, how does this one compare?

I have liked the first 4 books in the Roy Grace series and this one ended well but I found it quite slow to get going. He seems to fill out his books with alot of detail that is not really necessaary and can get a bit tedious. He also has an annoying habbit of leaving loose ends which presumably are to draw you in to the next book buy whcih frustratingly are not often resolved in the next book. <br/>This one got better halfway through and had a more exciting ending.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No. Books are always better than films.