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Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace #4)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,348 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Dead Man's Footsteps, the fourth novel in Peter James' award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series, now available in eBook.
"Abby stepped in the lift and the doors closed with a sound like a shovel smoothing gravel. She breathed in the smell of someone else's perfume, and lemon-scented cleaning fluid. The lift jerked upwards a few inches. And now, too lat
ebook, 537 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Toni Osborne
Aug 16, 2015 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4, in the Roy Grace series

It has been a long time between books and I had forgotten how a master Mr. James is at juggling plot threads, this time he treats us with four different events.

This blend of fiction and myth skilfully uses the chaos and tragedy of 9/11 is its early set up and recounts how Ronnie Wilson took the opportunity to fake his own death and leave all his trouble behind to rebuild a new life. On the other side of the pond, the body of a young woman is found in a storm drain
Aug 10, 2012 comfort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this guy, and am a bit in love with Roy Grace as well.

There is not too much about Roy and Cleo's affair in this book, though maybe the seeds of trouble ahead have been sown, which is a bit sad. Hope I am reading too much into a throw-away line.

This is a long, multi-layered story starting with a scared girl caught in a lift, then jumping back to 9/11 and an Englishman caught in the very hub of the disaster. Jumping back to the present day when a skeleton is found in a tunnel- and the
Carey Combe
Jul 31, 2010 Carey Combe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has never disappointed yet - and at least the blurb on the back didn't give the whole plot away. I am really enjoying the development of the characters, believable and it makes a nice change that the lead character has a 'normal' home life - albeit with an unexplained mystery in his past - that he isn't an alcoholic and enjoys a satisfying sex life; great story too!
Mar 29, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next in the successful Roy Grace series, and this one returns to a similar plot style as Dead Simple.
A man chooses September 11th to disappear and we follow two parallel stories from 2001 and 2007. With lots of connecting sub plots and characters and twists and turns as a good crime novel should have.
Nov 08, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
I love this series!
This novel is hard to describe in a few words, it's all complicated and messy in a good way. Ronnie disappears, later thought to have died in 9/11. Abby is stuck in an elevator for almost a whole day. A body is found in a drainage sewer. Another body is found in Austalia. What is the connection? This is what makes this story interesting, trying to figure out all of the possible ways that these people all connect. This story was as interesting and intriguing as the last three.
Dec 23, 2015 Krist rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wel, het verhaal van 'op sterven na dood' is eigenlijk hetzelfde als 'doodsimpel', het eerste boek dat ik van Peter James las. Opnieuw is het de blonde echtgenote die dubbel spel speelt en dan uiteindelijk haar handlanger boef verraadt... Net als elke en iedere vrouw in elk en ieder Peter James - boek is ze 'niet onaantrekkelijk'...
Jan 14, 2016 Amiad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ספר מתח רגיל שמאבד כוכב על תיאורי גופות מפורטים מדי ועל עלילה צפויה וארוכה מדי.
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
British con man Ronnie Wilson is in New York for a critical meeting at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. As the towers collapse, his shock turns to fury. How could this be happening to him on the day his ship was finally going to come in? As he gets drunk and rages a moment of inspiration occurs to him. Moving forward to 2007 Abby Dawson is in the final stages of a plan that will set her up for the rest of her life when she gets stuck in her apartment elevator. The nex ...more
Steve Cann
Jan 09, 2016 Steve Cann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man's Footsteps is another solid entry in the excellent Roy Grace Detective series, & certainly lives up to the quality of its predecessors.

It cleverly uses the horrifying events of 9/11 as a backdrop (introducing a character en route to a meeting at one of the doomed towers on that tragic morning), & then switches back & forth to seemingly-unrelated events back in Brighton - but set several years later.
Unlike the books that precede it, this time we don't get to 'witness' an act
Svein F Hestvaag
Dec 19, 2015 Svein F Hestvaag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is only getting better. Four down, nine to go...
Nick Davies
Jan 31, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable and fast-paced crime thriller, this showed Peter James was well up to speed with his Roy Grace series - a set of characters (with maybe one or two slightly cardboard cut-out exceptions) well-rounded and real, settings well-described in three countries, and an ambitious plot of missing persons, fraud, 9/11, and revenge. It's a credit that five hundred plus pages shot by with ease and rapidity, involved as I was in the story.

My only complaints would probably be in the area of the
Diana Oliveira
Nov 10, 2015 Diana Oliveira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. I have a bit of mixed feelings about this one. It wasn't as good as i had hoped, but it wasn't as bad as i had feared.

The story itself is actually good, but the constant shifting from 2001 and 2007 is kind of blah, the really short chapters annoy me a little, and the same story without the kind of forced references to 09/11 would be better - it does feel a bit like "you know what is lacking in this story? a 09/11 reference!!" (i intend no offense when i refer to this... my deepest condolenc
Dec 27, 2013 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A challenging book as it has about five different plots going on for 2/3rds of the book, so you keep flipping from one to the other. If you miss a day or two you really have to concentrate on where you are up to with the different characters and events. Other than that it was very interesting.
Good enough book. Good story, going back and forth in time. Found some parts a bit dull, though. Perhaps too many characters involved to get that natural flow. But, as I said, good enough. Worth reading.
Joe Stamber
Sep 21, 2015 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, read-2015
Another superbly constructed mystery/thriller featuring Roy Grace. Several plot strands, including a dodgy businessman with big ideas who is a perpetual failure, a cunning gold digger and, of course, Roy and his gang, are woven cleverly through the novel before coming together at the dramatic conclusion. One of this author's greatest "skills" is coming up with incredibly irritating characters, and he pulls another one out of the bag here. We are meant to believe that Abby can be determined, unde ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Annabee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Flauw, voorspelbaar en rommelig

Met tegenzin uitgelezen: rommelig verhaal, met in de hoofdlijn ene Ronnie Wilson, die de aanslag op de Twin Towers op 9 september 2001 aangrijpt om zijn eigen dood te ensceneren. Slimme jongen. Of niet slim genoeg? Daarnaast gaat het vooral over postzegels, misschien leuk voor verzamelaars. Roy Grace' privéleven heeft nog steeds te lijden onder de inmiddels tien jaar geleden verdwijning van zijn geliefde Sandy.
Het hele boek is oninteressant, alsof Peter James hele
Jul 02, 2014 Darren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the Roy Grace series but this fourth novel is not as good as the previous three. The first third of the book flips between two timelines and several storylines and it just does not flow very well. Having just read 'I am pilgrim' which does a similar thing but in a very slick way it puts this novel in its place.
The story itself is interesting enough, if a little predictable. This is good as a bit of quick reading but don't expect a particularly intelligent read. I hope the rest of
Ian Mapp
Feb 02, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Chosen - Book 4 in a series.

And the best yet. He has done it again, written a police procedural that make you want to race through.

This time, there are at least four seperate stories that all converge into the same investigation.

A woman that could be sandy is found in a storm drain.

Anna is trapped in a lift, having run from someone and living in secret.

A car is found in Australia with a dead woman in the boot.

Ronnie is in America on Sept 11 2001, trying to do a deal to save his business and usin
Jan 05, 2011 Dine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zum Inhalt möchte ich nicht viel schreiben, aus Angst, ich könnte dadurch zu viel oder etwas wichtiges verraten.
Soviel sei aber gesagt: Es tauchen zwei Leichen an verschiedenen Enden der Erde auf, die mit einem Opfer vom 11. September 2001 und einer Briefmarkensammlung zusammenhängen, die einige Millionen Pfund wert ist.
Wie das alles miteinander verknüpft ist und was dabei herauskommt, sollte jeder für sich selbst herausfinden.

Peter James lässt verschiedene Handlungsstränge parallel ablaufen, so
Jul 23, 2009 BookScout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never having read any of the Grace novels before I picked this up and began reading it even though it is the fourth of a series.
I was seriously hooked from the beginning, and the narrative was pacey and thrilling enough to keep me hooked right to the final gobsmacking sentence.
Even though we knew who was reponsible for the murders before the conclusion, the excitement of the chase and watching the plot unfold was where this book's entertainment lay. The device of using different temporal viewpo
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Dead Man’s Footsteps By Peter James
Dead Man’s Footsteps is another Roy Grace’s crime thriller by Peter James. It is an exciting but complex novel with flashbacks, lots of characters and plots but well integrated. Its ISBN is 0330446134 and it is published by Pan Books. Like James’ other books it is very well researched, written and has great dialogue. Ronnie Wilson a failed business man uses 9/11 to pretend he died and escaped to a new country and created a new identity. Five years later a woman
Lynda Kelly
Nov 22, 2013 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story but it's full of Americanisms which I just don't understand when it's an English book. What's that all about ? The whole way through as well, annoyingly.I was really aggravated by this and docked a star for it. Words like fantasized,economize, womanizer, familiarize.....that they bastardised not bastardized !! With those and some words that lost spaces such as "Thisfirst sectionwas" or "holdinguphand-made" or "hepointed".
Then there were rogue hyphens thrown in here and there-Spi-
Nov 10, 2010 Arfi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant of Roy Grace novel.

The novel is basically covering two time-frame, where the case was opened and continued being investigated, i.e. October 2007, and September 2001.

Started with Abby Dawson (aka Katherine Jennings or Sarah Smith) who trapped in a broken lift, which I believe was damaged purposely by Richard Skegg (aka Ricky or Chad Skegg), the story goes back and forth from October 2007 to the current time frame. Then we are introduced to the stamps dealing business, which can
Samantha Cosham
Aug 12, 2013 Samantha Cosham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has ends trailing all over the place that seem totally unconnected until the final third of the story. This is both a good and a bad thing as it keeps you constantly guessing and unable to put it down until you get some kind of resolution. On the other-hand it can't help but feel disjointed and eventually you think about it so much you see the end coming. Set against the backdrop of 9/11 and then brought forward a few years this is the first that places a concrete timescale on the books ...more
Book Addict Shaun
May 28, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013
OH MY GOD THAT ENDING!!!!!! Review later.


If I didn't have the next installment in the Roy Grace series checked out from the library and ready to read I would be seriously annoyed right now! That ending had my eyes popping out of my head! I cannot believe I left years between reading Roy Grace #2 and #3, I then went straight onto #4 and cannot wait to get started with #5.

James is a fantastic writer, I loved the way this book kept alternating between various characters, leaving the reader w
Aug 01, 2013 Lapauselibrairie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Points +

Chapitres courts…
A chaque fin de chapitre il y a une phrase "suspense" qui nous fait trembler…
Livre bien écrit, un lieu par chapitre et la vision de tous les personnages…
Une histoire intéressante…
Un coup de coeur pour l’amitié entre Roy et Glenn…
Points -

…mais l’histoire n’avance tout de même pas, ce qui en fait une histoire TRES longue et pénible.
…jusqu’à ce qu’à la page 208 tout le suspense s’écroule car le livre nous spoile.
…avec des expressions
Mark Farley
Jun 29, 2013 Mark Farley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth in the Roy Grace series, this is a cracking little wedge of a book and a great page turner. I had been meaning to get around to starting this series, after I had the pleasure of getting to know Peter after doing a number of events at a central London bookshop I worked in and I really wish I started earlier. Police/crime etc is not really my sort of read but out of loyalty I gave it a go and surprised myself and everyone around me when I couldnt put it down. In this book, Peter looks a ...more
DEAD MAN’S FOOTSTEPS (Police Proc-DS Roy Grace-England/NYC/Australia-Cont) - VG
James, Peter – 4th in series
Macmillan, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9781405092043

First Sentence: If Ronnie Wilson had known, as he woke up, that in just a couple of hours he would be dead,, he would have planned his day somewhat differently.

Perpetually failed businessman Ronnie Wilson happens to be in New York City on September 11, 2001. Rather than seeing the tragedy around him, he sees it as a way to disappear from hi
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I cannot understand the reviews that do not like this book. Having read the two most recent Roy Grace novels I was looking forward to this one just as much as I now am to the next. The story still follows in Roy Graces footsteps and his sidekick Glenn Branson as they try to track down and solve yet another of Brightons crimes. I am in love with the characters almost as much as the story itself and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next in the series.
Dec 26, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller, fiction
Another good book in the Roy Grace police series from Peter James, although having said that, this one felt a little less thrilling than the previous novels. With the previous books (possibly because there was mainly just one strand to the plot) they felt a lot more gripping and a good sense of danger whereas this book (for me anyway) took longer to get me hooked - I started this one at the end of November 2008 and slowly got to around 300 pages just before Xmas but then read the last couple of ...more
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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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