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Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  4,628 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
"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 perfum, and lemon-scented cleaning fluid. The lift jerked upwards a few inches. And now, too late to change her mind and get out, with the metal walls pressing in around her, they lunged sharply downwards. Abby was about to realize she had ...more
Paperback, 581 pages
Published December 5th 2008 by Pan Books (first published 2008)
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Feb 09, 2016 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gotta say, I’ve enjoyed this series up until now but I’m not so sure anymore. There are things going on with the writing in this book that I don’t think I can get past. Pros and Cons below.


1) Fairly solid in terms of mystery and the pacing, although slightly more predictable than previous books.

2) A very thoughtful and what I can only assume to be accurate (I was not in NYC that day) description of September 11th and the absolute horror and tragedy of the day. Respectful portrayal of victi
Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace #4)

December gift from Carey - thanks, you wonderful woman, you.

Dedication: To Dave Gaylor

Some of this story takes place on the days
surrounding the terrible events of 9/11.
With deepest respect to the victims
and all who lost loved ones.

Opening: 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.

•What's with the name Cassian Pewe - strange choice, yet one feels
Toni Osborne
Aug 03, 2015 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
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
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
Tory Wagner
Apr 05, 2017 Tory Wagner rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, british, police
Another great addition to the Roy Grace series. In this outing Roy is involved with a case that has it's antecedents in the 9/11 tragedy in NYC. There are poignant flashbacks to this event and Roy and his detectives must travel to Australia and New York City to track down the culprits of a series of thefts and murders. At the end of the story, there is a brief hint about Roy's missing wife, Sandy. Can't wait to read the next installment!
Nov 04, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
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.
Carey Combe
Jul 31, 2010 Carey Combe rated it really liked it
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 28, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 21, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing
His books seem to get better and better. Loved the twist and turns in this book and the last chapter - wow !
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
Jul 16, 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
Ian Mapp
Feb 02, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was amazing
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
Steve Cann
Jan 09, 2016 Steve Cann rated it it was amazing
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
Firstly, I started this book because I want to move it out of my room but thought I should first read it. Secondly, I wanted to read something light & easy i.e. pure escapism, turn-off. Thirdly, I'm reading a German edition the wife purchased. Finally, I finished. Sort of torture & anticlimactic, but if you are looking for pure escapism read it on poolside. BTW. I gave my copy of this book away twice. The first person gave it back (without reading it). The second person read it and then ...more
May 23, 2016 Dokusha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Nett aufgezogener Kriminalfall. Er wird in drei Ebenen erzählt - abwechselnd in den Jahren 2001 und 2007, wobei die Orte über die Welt verteilt sind: England, USA und Australien. Es wird relative schnell klar, wie der grobe Zusammenhang aussieht, aber bis man die Details zusammenbekommt, dauert es dann doch bis zum Ende.
Die Geschichte ist gut gemacht, aber manchmal ein wenig konfus. Einiges scheint mit dem Rest der Story nicht viel zu tun zu haben, und man fragt sich, warum es da ist. Insgesamt
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'...
Aug 06, 2011 Karolina rated it liked it
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.
Dec 13, 2013 Betty rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 19, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Several story lines, all seemingly unrelated, come together at the end of the book. Kept me guessing at times, and came together very well. I am very much enjoying this series!
Joe Emery
Aug 28, 2015 Joe Emery rated it did not like it
Diminishing returns with this series I'm afraid. First was brilliant but they get worse and worse...
Svein F Hestvaag
Dec 13, 2015 Svein F Hestvaag rated it really liked it
This series is only getting better. Four down, nine to go...
Jan 14, 2016 Amiad rated it it was ok
ספר מתח רגיל שמאבד כוכב על תיאורי גופות מפורטים מדי ועל עלילה צפויה וארוכה מדי.
Paul Westwood
Dec 30, 2016 Paul Westwood rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
If there were half star options this book would be a 3.5. Even though it was structurally well put together which created a very readable and exciting story there were a few things I had issues with which pushed it down from a 4 to a 3.
I liked the short chapters that jumped between multiple characters. This helped to maintain a fast pace and kept me turning the pages. The plot itself is suitably convoluted to keep you guessing with an interesting twist later on. A fairly big coincidence was requ
Dane Cobain
Nov 26, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it
At first, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to be able to get into this. After all, I’d just finished reading another lengthy crime novel, and while I am a pretty big fan of Peter James’ writing, I wasn’t as immediately sold on the concept here as I was with some of James’ other Roy Grace books.

It turns out that I shouldn’t have worried. It’s true that the story line got a little confusing from time to time, especially because it jumped backwards and forwards in time and focused on a number of d
Dine Danne
Jan 05, 2011 Dine Danne rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2010 Arfi rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2013 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
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
Mark Farley
Jun 29, 2013 Mark Farley rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2012 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
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