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Publisher's Summary

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later, four of his best friends are dead, and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then, he has a lot to gain - more than anyone realizes. For one man's disaster is another man's fortune. Dead simple.
©2006 Really Scary Books / Peter James; (P)2006 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Neat and nasty to the very end." (The Oldie)
"Gathers menace to get you sitting stiffly upright with dread before it ends." (The Times)

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  • L
  • 03-11-13

Poor Plotting - Rather Ridiculous

What did you like best about Dead Simple? What did you like least?

Starts off OK - prank gone wrong. Will the groom live? Tell me, if you were trapped in a confined space with a cell phone fearing for your life who would you call? Hold on... you also have a walkie-talkie - and someone on the other end. Many people in fact.... So why, are you still stuck in your confined space. BECAUSE you decided to carry on a conversation with someone rather than dial 999 or 911 and get the heck out of your box. Really?! Hate it when writers don't follow through on their promise to create well thought out plots. This one goes from just poorly planned plotting to just silly. Look elsewhere if you want a great story, if you can get this one cheap and are willing to accept these failures sit back and enjoy - just keep an open mind.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Macbeth: A Novel by David Hewson, A. Hartley

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

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  • JayM
  • New Hampshire
  • 05-16-16

Great potential but came up short

The story started out great but was disappointing. Weak one dimensional characters. Lame dialogue. Narrator could not do anything but male British accent.

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  • Lesley
  • 10-27-10

Good story

This was a very good book with a real twist. Will get more of his books.

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  • Susan
  • 11-28-10

Weak plot not helped by psychic interventions

Potentially a fascinating plot but ruined for me by the substitution of a psychic whenever the author couldn't work out the next bit of plot. Good crime fiction must have credibility but over reliance on this device undermined the whole thing. I'd need convincing to read any more of this series.

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  • Mike
  • 03-02-16

simple story. abridged version not great.

narrator isnt great which doesnt help a simple plot and basic writing style. you csn tell its an early book.

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  • Eleanor
  • 02-20-16

A curate's egg!

The story was gripping but spoiled by gratuitous foul language and poor narration. Disappointing- are all his books like this?

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  • Jude Bailey
  • 07-02-15

Easy to follow

Some mysteries I keep having to rewind to remember plots, characters etc. This was clever, simple and exciting. Loved it. Now on to book 2!

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  • diclairet
  • 12-23-14

Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyable though thought the plot - like many - was a bit far fetched

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