Saturday, February 25, 2006

Books: Dead Simple - Peter James

It's a genre novel, so it'll be hard to convince you if you hate the detective-thriller-with-a-supernatural-edge genre, but Dead Simple is worth reading. It starts with a as a pleasant country drive, on a bucks night, when the groom is buried in the coffin with a porn mag, a torch, a bottle of whisky and a walkie-talkie, then his mates are killed in a car accident. The story accelerates when Detective Superintendent Roy Grace becomes involved and finishes with so many twists and turns it will make you car sick.

This is Peter James' first book in five years, and the first of a series of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace books. It is well worth reading, but don't take my word for it - read the first chapter and decide for yourself.

(Disclaimer: I must disclose that Peter James is my neighbour, and an excellent dinner companion. I would go as far as saying that he is the most polite man on earth, except that I think he smokes in our elevator late at night when he thinks nobody will notice.)

Dead Simple
Peter James
UK: £3.99, £6.60 or £12.92
USA: $16.50

14 March update: re-reading this, it looks like I am damning with faint praise. I'm not. It's a great read and I'm probably going to buy another of his books to read on the plane next week.


Blogger Wyndham said...

Ooh, I've looked at that book in Waterstones. Thought I'd wait for the 3 for 2 offer to kick in.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 2:56:00 PM  
Blogger Damian said...

I bought mine second-book-half-price at the bookshop in Waterloo Station before hopping on the Eurostar. I also bought Piers Morgan's "The Insider", which I have been putting down and picking up, and has somehow turned me into a News of The World reader.

Dead Simple is very good. I just finished Sarah Paretsky's "Fire Sale" which irritated me at first, but got me hooked, and had me up after midnight last night pushing through to the end.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 3:11:00 PM  
Blogger Wyndham said...

Way after midnight, praise indeed. I presume she's still knocking out those Warshawski books.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger Damian said...

Yep, it's the latest VI Warshawski novel, and though it irritated me a little at the start, it hooked me. I'll post a review this evening, hopefully.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 2:35:00 PM  

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