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A parent's worst nightmare is Grace's deadliest case.... 

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems....

This audiobook includes exclusive extracts from Peter James's forthcoming book Absolute Proof, available to pre-order now.

©2018 Peter James (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Simon
  • 05-18-18

Action Man Grace!

The Roy Grace series gets a stripped back approach in this latest episode. The back story has been parked and it's full steam ahead almost from the start. Those back stories for Grace or the other characters have largely been parked in favour of the action. As a result there's less of Grace the person and more adventure. Crucially there are less of the sugar-laden romantic scenes too.

As always there are dastardly villains with a particularly Bond-like aspect to this one. There are outlandish plots and Roy Grace is somehow the man on the spot who has choices between following procedure and doing what he sees as the right thing. Luckily for him he has the ever-watchful Cassian Pugh looking over his shoulder ready to summon him to his office at a moment's notice and irritate the hell out of him while trying to bring Roy down.

The narration by Daniel Weyman is of course absolutely top class and even though the story may follow a formula, it's a good formula making this a five star listen despite the need to suspend belief a little bit at times. The stripped back approach means that the whole thing bounces along at a thoroughly entertaining pace.

One point worth noting is that the book itself is actually only just over 11 hours long, the last hour of this production is given up to an hour of James's next book Absolute Proof which is due out in October. I don't mind these extras of course but I'd like to know when they are coming so that I don't plan to listen to say the last two hours of a book on a long drive only to be cut short. I think it would help if these were advertised.

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  • Judith
  • 05-22-18

Beautifully written tense plot

Although this is not as personal as the usual Roy Grace stories but it still contains all of the familiar characters. The plot is twisted convoluted and tense. The narration as always is excellent. This book could be read as a standalone story, however to enjoy things fully I recommend the whole Roy Grace series.

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  • jackie
  • 05-28-18

Sorry not for me

What a shame I thought this would continue in the Roy grace tradition and about his son family and colleagues . Instead I listened to a story of money wasted on a police operation against euro terrorists . Not at all enjoyable . I kept waiting for it to get better but sadly a complete waste of time . This is the end of the Dead’ series for me , sadly .shame I had to give it 1 .

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  • Andy Hair
  • 05-29-18

Dead Tedious...

Apologies to Peter but having been a long time reader/listener of the Roy Grace series I was looking forward to more than was delivered on this outing. A very predictable story with none of the usual twists and turns that weren't patently obvious as it went along.
Not much back story around, this is more an 'action' outing for Roy Grace who has almost turned into Brighton's answer to James Bond it seems. Poor old Glen Branson (Usually an interesting character) gets quite literally boxed off into a corner and never gets a chance to come out in the story and Norman potting is either pottering along or going too fast for Roy here.
Nothing is made of the previous Bruno developments and it seems that with Sandy now out the picture there's nothing left to tell but a more action oriented one dimensional plot.
I hope this is just a one off change of pace for the series and isn't the shape of things to come.
Narration is excellent as always but can't make up for a lack of usual depth and substance.

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  • Kirstine
  • 05-26-18

Thank goodness a return to previous high standard!

I've been disappointed by the recent DCI Grace books as they had ceased to be engaging detective novels as they were slowed down by stuff repeated from previous novels, had over elaborate descriptions of clothes and decor and worst of all lengthy diversions into sugary descriptions of his relationship with new wife, Cleo, that bordered on nauseating. So I’m pleased to report that with the present novel all this has changed and the author has returned to his earlier form and created a pacy story that kept me gripped throughout, though I would have liked Grace’s long-time close colleague, Glenn Branson, to have figured more and Grace’s boss, Cassian Pewe, to be less of an unbelievable caricature.

The narrator does an excellent job

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  • Osmund
  • 05-20-18

Another excellent story from Peter James

If you have loved the other Roy Grace stories, you will love this one. It has all the tension and drama we have come to appreciate, only his writing has matured as he has gone along. The writer has the skill of situating his story in a real place: all those who know the Sussex coast between Eastbourne and Worthing will connect strongly with the locations. There are even real people in it: having lived in Shoreham, I know one of them!

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  • Big Giraffe
  • 06-25-18

More Roy Grace

I do like Peter James but apart from the Amex Stadium all the ideas seem to have been in previous books beforehand. So nothing really new

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  • Mark
  • 06-12-18

Solid Procedural

I know it sounds like faint praise but this is a solid police procedural punctuated by chapters with (imho) unnecessary date and time stamps that add to the feeling of 'novel by process'. It's a good enough story and well narrated with okay but fairly two dimensional characters and good for an undemanding 12 hours.

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  • Robert1981
  • 06-12-18

Brilliant

I couldn't stop listening to the audio version of this book. A very exciting fast paced story. I'm such a huge fan of this series and this latest one (book 14) hasn't disappointed at all.

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  • Marspain
  • 06-11-18

good plot!<br />

A different style of Roy Grace thrilled, but it was pacey, thrilling and good listening.