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Not Dead Enough Hardcover – Unabridged, 1 June 2007
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- Publisher : Macmillan; Unabridged edition (1 June 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405092033
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405092036
- Dimensions : 15.6 x 4 x 23.4 cm
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Love his characters, love his plots, love the way he creates the "feel" of the area he writes about, love his sensitive copper Roy Grace.
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I’ve re read this book and now I know.
It’s not a bad story even though it’s easy to figure out what’s going on right from the beginning. As the chapters roll by you start to think the kindle must be wrong...you can’t have only read 50%...it feels so much more.
We have a rehash of the missing Sandy...and Grace’s confused feelings about should he or shouldn’t he move on. (There’s a lot of that.)
Then we have him in the middle of a serial killer investigation deciding to rush off to Munich for a few hours to see if she’s there follow a sighting - or is it ?
We have the killer confirmed but the evidence is ...well, it’s clear to us all but our hero has a ‘feeling’...he has quite a lot of those one way and another. And on the book goes. There’s a particularly irritating section about the timelines which by the time I’d got there I really didn’t care any more. The cleverness of it I just didn’t care about, I’d reached the ‘For goodness sake just finish’ stage of speed reading and page flipping.
The final reveal was quick...too quick in a way.
600 plus pages to have a three or four page wind up.
It was not an impressive end and given all the padding and detail earlier I was surprised that James didn’t think to include the reaction of the presumed guilty party at the discovery of why he was being blamed.
So I’ve read the first three in the series again and again I’m stopping. I’m all Peter James out.
I may come back but then again I may not.
It’s not a bad book but it’s not a tightly written ‘grabs you’ book either.
It’s a tad indulgent.
So if you fancy a long read go for it...but if you’re not a convinced fan then wait till it’s cheap and get it then.
Edit....I admit, I tried again and I’m back to flipping. It took him 2 nearly 3 pages to say a housekeeper moved evidence. But I’ve realised what the real problem is apart from the deluge of words...it’s that this book is so loosely written when the first two are Hemingway tight by comparison. It’s a rude shock when you’re series reading. That’s the problem for me...the tempo is wrong. And it rankles.
I was additionally happy to see a glimmer of hope regarding Roy's wife, Sandy, who disappeared nine years ago. I get the impression that more is to come from this plot strand and I eagerly await to find out if this will happen in the following books. I really like the relationship between Roy and Glenn; there is a wonderful partnership that results in some great moments of humour.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the Roy Grace series and would recommend this book to those who enjoy tense crime thrillers.
This is the first book that I have read from Peter James where a serial killer is doing the rounds and what a bad boy he is! As well as the case, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace's personal life is really draining for him, just when he feels that life is pretty good, a call from an old friend rocks the boat that he thought had sailed a long time ago, that of his missing wife of nine years, Sandy.
The story though opens with what would be any woman's nightmare. OMG the times I have gone over this scene in my head, without even reading about it. To say it caused goosebumps just doesn't cover it. Katie Bishop is dead and the only suspect is her wealthy husband Brian who says that he was 60 miles away at the time, with a solid alibi. Further gruesome murders begin to spring up, all with a connection to the same suspect. Grace has his work cut out with this one, but everything fits together just a little too smoothly.
I love this series with Grace the bloke you would really want to be on your side. He is dedicated, honest and as sexy as they come, a perfect all-rounder. Peter James creates the perfect 'look behind you' moments in this book, that I cringed at and read with one eye on the page and the other on the door. I did work things out a couple of pages before they were told but what a clever story. Great heart-stopping moments on so many pages. Brilliant top-class series.
The third in Peter James series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Based in Brighton the city plays as much a part in the story as any character. Grace tries to stay away from internal police politics but the quest for results and/or the need for scapegoats makes that very difficult indeed.
A woman is found murdered in her home in an exclusive part of Brighton. Her husband is an immediate suspect but he appears to have a strong alibi. In the meantime Grace is advised that there has been a sighting of his missing wife Sandy in Munich. She had disappeared nine years previously. This news makes it difficult for him to give his full focus to the case in hand.
As enquiries continue they reveal that there are questions about the husbands alibi and indications are that he has not been truly honest in his description of events. In the meantime the new woman in Grace’s life attracts the attention of a stalker who sees her as the best route of getting at Grace.
James continues to develop the character of Roy Grace and as a consequence he comes across as a down-to-earth police officer that the public would relate well to. As a consequence the reader is sympathetic to the character though when you take into consideration the extreme behaviour of the killer then it is easy to be sympathetic to Grace and his colleagues as they come across as the only ‘normal’ characters in the narrative.
Worth a look.
Straight away I knew I wasn't going to be griped. I persevered and read to the end. The whole book could have been written, with descriptions, in fewer chapters. The endless repeated descriptions of everything Grace saw, touched, felt and thought went on and on and on in a monotonous uninspiring boring discourse.
I have read many many crime thrillers and have never experienced the level of frustration I felt with this book. The same scenes were described in the same words more than four times. Pages and pages of descriptions and lists.
The plot was ok, but it was so obvious what had happened that I couldn't understand why an experienced intelligent detective didn't click on to it sooner. The story dwelt with personal lives for to long and to often. All of the descriptions and lists to me, came across as padding and fillers. They weren't even particularly interesting descriptions. .
I have never written a bad review before even if I haven't particularly enjoyed the book. But this book really annoyed me. I wanted more of the plot and the killers past. So, guess what!!! I wont be reading any more Inspector Grace