Friday, July 27, 2018

REVIEW of Dead If You Don't (Roy Grace #14) by Peter James

 Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by Macmillan

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 . . .

My Thoughts…

Oh how I am now in need of sleep.    I started the book, I read page and after page, chapter after chapter, and I just couldn’t stop.   The storyline pulled me in, the characters were amazing, and I couldn’t help myself but stay awake to keep reading.   

This is my first Roy Grace novel and I was worried that I would be missing out some of the story but I wasn’t missing a thing.   The story started with a new case and ended with the case being solved.   That sums it up but there is so much more.   There were multiple storylines that I wasn’t sure how they would tie together, there were characters that seemed to know each other but I wasn’t sure how, yet Peter James tied it all up nicely.   I had ideas on how it would all come together, I had some of it figured out but not quite all of it.   

Roy Grace had his hands full.    A possible bomb at the football game that he was at with his son, a child kidnap and then add it to the mobsters that he has to interview to find answers.    Yet, he kept it all together, worked methodically through the clues,  looked outside the box for answers, and figured out how it was all tied together to solve the crimes.    It was interesting to see how his brain worked and how he could possibly keep it together with little sleep and a boss that seemed to want to fire him at every turn.  

This was the first book I have read by Peter James and I am excited to see that he has many more available.    I am adding them to want-to-read list.  

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