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De dood voor ogen (Roy Grace #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  3,824 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Wat zou jij doen als je een cd in de trein zou vinden? Tom Bryce vindt een cd in de trein en neemt hem mee naar huis. Hij wil de eigenaar ervan opsporen en de cd terugbezorgen. 's Avonds steekt hij het schijfje in de computer en ziet tot zijn ontzetting hoe een nietsvermoedende jonge vrouw live voor de camera wordt vermoord.

Op hetzelfde moment onderzoekt de politie in Brig
Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by De Fontein (first published January 1st 2006)
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Richard Kunzmann
I don’t easily get creeped out by books these days. Not any more. Not since Stephen King’s It permanently damaged me as a child, when I was reading it under the bedcovers late at night, torch in one jittery hand, twice frightened that my mother would catch me in the forbidden act of reading “that author with evil in his head.”

Did you know, momma, what was in mine?

So it’s been a while that I got the willies from a book, which makes me very glad that I picked up a copy of Peter James’s Looking Goo
GS Nathan
Quite a good book and I enjoyed reading it. I came across an interview with Peter James in The Hindu and that was what led me to this series. I was expecting though, that the Inspector Grace books would become a must read for me, like Colin Dexter's books starring Inspector Morse. Perhaps an unfair expectation....

The story revolves around a couple who get caught up in an unsavoury snuff video operation run by a group of killers. A bit unreal at times, it felt to me, but who am I to say that? Als
Um caso policial arrepiante, pela natureza dos crimes e de quem os comete;
Um polícia carismático, pelas sua fragilidade e crenças;
Uma escrita cativante, que nos prende e empolga.
Gostei muito!
Simon Taylor
After a disappointing first outing in 2011, Roy Grace was rested and given another go in this unimproved follow-up.

Grace is in charge of a new investigation which has many of the hallmarks of Dead Simple: gratuitous violence, graphic sex and offensive dialogue. Three characters wet themselves and one defecates, and the murders are simply horrific.

Where some superior writers find their plots meandering into the unpleasant, James appears to take delight from the opportunity to write about gore, sm
Joe Stamber
After reading the first in this series Dead Simple I commented that Roy Grace is almost impossible to dislike and he endeared himself more to me in Looking Good Dead. Sure, he's a bit of a stereotype as far as middle-aged(ish) cops go, but he's just likeable. Grace is aided and abetted by a group of characters who are diverse, well thought out and generally do a good job.

However, as with the previous novel, James also displays his ability to create annoying characters, namely the whole of Tom Br
Carey Combe
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Had this novel been less than 150 pages I could have given it three stars but at 336 pages it’s simply horrible. There is so little “story” to this story that it could have been squeezed into a short story or a novella at best. This is quite possibly the worst-paced “thriller” I’ve ever made it through. If you edited out all of the superfluous trivia you could have read the whole thing in 45 minutes.

Here is the story. A regular Joe finds a DVD on commuter train that gives the user
PJ writes very well, direct prose, and he imagines his characters very thoroughly. Chief Superintendant Grace with his disparu wife attempts to contact her through mediums; and PJ builds the host of victims. But that's just it. My standard for detective fiction is one or two murders. If you need more than that--and apparently PJ does--you're not writing at the top of the form.In the case of this specific novel, there's much that appears movie-like; probably the author is aiming toward film, and ...more
Paul Wardman
The second in the Roy Grace series and another enjoyable, yet not perfect, read.
Whereas Dead Simple lived up to its name this was a little more complex. Getting to know more about the victims before they became so was a welcome addition rather than telling everything after the fact. It made you care about what happened to them which was obviously the point.
I imagine Grace's personal storyline will be a slow burner which I'm fine with as long as we eventually find out what happened to his miss
I didn't find James' second novel as good as the first novel. I'm very disappointed...
Stephen Clynes
Tom Bryce finds a CD on a train and inserts it into his laptop. Then the trouble starts and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is on the trail to solve a murder and more. This novel is set around Brighton and has a good plot with a plausible background. This entertaining story gives a nice insight into the work of the Police High Tech Crime Unit and how criminals may use computers.

Looking Good Dead is another crime thriller in the DS Roy Grace series. Although the main character in this series
Ian Mapp
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Ally Atherton
A man finds a CD on a train and puts it into his laptop when he gets home and ends up watching a gruesome murder.

Could he and his wife become the next victims? A body is found without a head with a dung beetle placed in rather an unfortunate place and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has to figure out what is going on before another victim is found.

This is my second Peter James book after reading 'Dead Like You' some time last year and I enjoyed it just as much, maybe even more. I was more fam
Mar 16, 2010 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of gritty UK crime fiction who aren't squeamish
I came to Peter James via my son's girlfriend who thinks his books are the tops, and via my agent and Twitter. I hadn't realised but we share an agent. I enjoy the occasional gritty crime thriller and Peter James scores highly for me in this genre.
Looking Good Dead is not for the squeamish. Think Silence of the Lambs rendered British style. It's not quite as intense as the Thomas Harris novel but there is that element. A troubled businessman finds a CD on a train that a fellow traveller has acc
Jill Hutchinson
Peter James can certainly write a good mystery thriller and this one is not only compelling but deals with two very unpleasant topics......child pornography and snuff films.

An innocent man picks up a CD left on a commuter train and makes the mistake of putting it in his computer. Wrong move!!! Ghastly things are revealed and even more ghastly things begin to happen to his family. The police, headed by DS Roy Grace have their hands full as they look for a killer and try to prevent further murders
Gerard Oconnell
my second book by peter james,a follow on from dead simple. i enjoyed reading it very much, love how he writes.
now for the third book soon.
Matt Gibson
I just couldn't really cope with the cliches here. The "feisty" female detective with the perfect figure; the utterly bigoted copper who hates "darkies" and gay people; the way all the computer geeks were painted as unclean, autistic and highly anti-social -- even the one who spoke seven languages. (Why on earth would you learn to speak seven languages if you didn't enjoy talking to people?) All pretty predictable and low-stakes. (Also, one of those books which where the plot points rest on high ...more
Richard Thompson
For sum reason I can't find an edition with the proper cover... oh well...

We were underwhelmed with the first Roy Grace novel mostly because we didn't find any of the characters in any way likeable; but the plotting was solid so we decided to give the series a second chance. Second chance, last chance...

In the second book, the one character we had some home for — DS Glenn Branson — turns into to complaining, out-of control idiot. He has taken a police fancy driving course, and practices by drivi
Having discovered two copies of this book on my bookshelf I figured it may be a good idea to read one of them! I have come to the Roy Grace series by Peter James a book late apparently, this being the second in the series although Looking Good Dead seems a perfectly good stand alone read, as the references to DS Grace's marriage and disappeared wife are referred to enough times throughout to know his background.

Even though I did kind of enjoy this book, a have a lot of gripes about it as well.
Was it me or were a few paragraphs just simply lifted from his first book? The bits about Roy Grace's wife Sandy? It was almost word for word. Also some of the details were plain wrong (Coming from Brighton I know!) I find James formulaic, pedantic, and unbelieveable. I am reading his next one, just because I am from Brighton, and it is nice to read about your home city... but as for the writing, the characters and the plot... BOOOO.
Gabi Cutayar
I've only recently discovered Peter James and I love his books. His stories are gritty,fast-paced and his characters distinctive.

Looking Good Dead had me on the edge of my seat throughout, and I finished it in a week. The subject matter is quite gruesome and the hero Roy Grace doesn't always get it right which makes him that much more human.

And the scary thing is that what happens in this book could happen to anyone...
I'm more interested in the mechanics of the investigation than the mechanics of the detective's sex life, but I guess it explained why something wasn't followed up when it should have been. Having said that, it was well plotted and resolved. The other details that grated were the stereotypical foreign villains and the constant references to products. I guess they might be of interest 30 years hence.
Peter James is one of the most talented crime writers there is. His 'Roy Grace' series are some of the best in the genre and so popular. The 'Dead'/ 'Roy Grace' books are all similar in their style and plots - short, punchy chapters, and fast-paced action. They all draw you in quickly and are very readable. The reliable and consistent references to local landmarks make imagery strong and readers all have the same images in their head - I think these traits mean the books could make great films.

Really, it's 2.5 stars, which is generous given my level of disappointment. I read a later book, DEAD LIKE YOU, which was very good; I couldn't put it down. This one felt far more plodding--it's got a very long setup, fully the first third of the book--I really disliked the almost victims, the Bryces. There were also some loose ends and poorly used/created characters. The original murder victim is a trainee solicitor by day and wanton hooker by night? Really? How? Why? The police have a mole, bu ...more
I got this book recommended by a friend and I have quite enjoyed it, but after his previous recommendations, I have to admit, my expectations were greater.
Basically, a man finds a CD on a train, puts it in a computer at home to see if he can find who it belongs to and return it, and then all hell breaks loose – murder, threats, another murder and more threats. But to make things worse, people actually pay to watch these murders live on the internet. Every second is important for DS Grace to prev
[From Dead Simple:] 2 stars is probably a little harsh. They're decent enough detective novels: well-written, clever plots, etc. I just can't entirely dismiss the somewhat Daily Mail taste to the politics or the dearth of gay characters in a series set in Brighton.
Marika Charalambous
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Looking Good Dead is the second book in the Roy Grace series by the British author Peter James. I’ve recently started with the series, reading the first book, Dead Simple and I got hooked on it right away.

Tom Bryce, a regular salesman, is on the train (heading from home to work and back) when he notices a CD laying on an empty seat which was just vacated by a rather obnoxious and annoying guy.

Tom takes the CD with him, with the intention of bringing it
Balthazar Lawson
This is the second book in the Roy Grace series and picks up the day after the events that took place in the first book, Dead Simple. Apart from the personal life of the characters and their working relationships, this book is not a continuance of Dead Simple. It's a whole new set of rather gruesome crimes that Roy and his team have to investigate. A lot of the story follows an innocent man, in love with this wife, for all her faults, and his family who inadvertently wanders into the world of sn ...more
I read this years ago and have just finished a second reading. Totally brilliant. Peter James is such a great author and I'm now in love with Roy Grace. Recommended,
Steve Cann
When Tom Bryce takes home an unmarked CD disc that was left on a train seat & puts it into his computer, little does he know that what he finds on it will turn he & his family's lives upside-down, & propel them into a very dangerous & terrifying chain of events that will threaten their very lives...
Once again, Peter really ramps up the tension as the story builds, all the while being played out against the backdrop of Roy Grace's own personal trials & tribulations. It's a rea
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Peter James has been a screenwriter and film producer, and is now the author of best selling crime novels. James has written 25 books, the most recent of which feature Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. His books have been translated into 29 languages. In England they are published by Pan Books and in the US by Carroll & Graf Publishers. James has written supernatural thrillers ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Roy Grace (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Dead Simple (Roy Grace, #1)
  • Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace, #3)
  • Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace, #4)
  • Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5)
  • Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)
  • Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace, #7)
  • Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace, #8)
  • Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace, #9)
  • Want You Dead (Roy Grace, #10)
  • Faceoff
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