Dead Simple

Dead Simple

[a Detective Superintendent Grace Mystery]

Book - 2005
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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 . . . 'James has got the gift for turning mind-stretching subjects into novels that are irresistibly readable as well as utterly believable' Robert Goddard 'A brilliant idea, superbly crafted. A terrific page-turner' James Herbert 'A page-turner of a book with some terrifying twists . . . a very satisfying read' George Baker, Inspector Wexford
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2005, c2004
ISBN: 9780330434195
9780786716418
078671641X
Branch Call Number: JAM
Characteristics: 404 p

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FVReader
Jun 19, 2017

Definitely a gruesome premise: buried alive, a man waits for his "friends" to come back and release him....but they are all killed in a car accident.....and no one comes back.
The chapters told from inside the coffin are claustrophobic and terrifying.
Lots of descriptions of the rooms, scenes, clothing, actions. At first, one pays attention....the scene could hold a clue. But, no, it's just description, so one starts to skim the descriptions.

I found the rest to be rather cheesy. The conversations, the situations, the chauvinism.....it was all old time and clichéd.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2016

The first book in the Roy Grace series. Looking Good Dead (2006)
(The second book in the Roy Grace series) HENN CTY DOES NOT HAVE THIS SECOND BOOK, BUT IT IS AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK

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Oicks
Jul 21, 2014

Amazing book! Has a ton of unpredictable twists that blew my mind.

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emerge
Sep 19, 2011

The problem with this book is you have to make it through the first 200 pages to get to the good stuff. It's very slow & detailed up til then, full of painstaking police procedurals & I kept putting it down. Then it gets interesting as the plot finally becomes surprising & convoluted enough to get your attention til the end. Too bad things didn't pick up earlier.

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h19835195
Aug 12, 2011

Fantastic. Everything you want from a really good thriller. Peter James is a superb author.

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rahmmie
Jul 21, 2011

Very good book, entertaining, fast-paced, well written

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