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Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,520 ratings  ·  151 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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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Author Annette Dunlea
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
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-
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
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
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

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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…
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…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
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
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
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.

Another that I read within just a few days courtesy of the gripping storyline. This one showed a little more insight into a horrendous event - 9/11 James didn't just gloss over the tragedy he obviously researched hard and went into all aspects of it to bring us a fantastic overview. I learned so much from this one - the storyline was good with an epic cliffhanger on the final page...
I have liked all of the previous Grace novels but they are starting to grate on me a bit now. This one had a weaker plot than most, and I felt that it wasn't as action packed or as tense as some of James' other novels. Not until the end anyway.

My previous reviews have stated that I enjoy the leading character base as much as the individual plot-lines but after four books there doesn't seem to be any development. Grace's wife is missing. Still. Branson is having wife troubles. Still. Nick Nicholl
Ronnie Wilson is mired in debt. He heads to New York to pitch his latest scheme to old friend Donald Hatcook, a successful businessman. Ronnie is desperate and Hatcook is his last chance. They say timing is everything and Ronnie is about to find that out. The date is September 11, 2001. Hatcook's office is in the World Trade Centre.

Fast forward a few years. Abby Dawson has just moved back to England. She too is working on a scheme, but until it can come to fruition she has isolated herself in a
Jan 24, 2014 ???!!! rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I'm debating for a 3.5 or maybe even a 4. Sometimes the story was so gripping and intense I would even give a 5. The story layout was good. Although I have to say with 4 parallel stories I was getting confused. I didn't quite get why sandy needs to be in this series, especially always towards the end. What does she symbolize? Like a ghost from the past for Roy? There also places where I think the authors just babbles and won't get to the story that I felt frustrated. Hence the 3 stats or 3.5.
Having never read any of Peter James's Grace novels before or in fact any crime novels I picked this up if doubt I wound enjoy it. However I was seriously hooked from the beginning, it was pacey and thrilling enough to keep me hooked right to the final jaw drop sentence.

The excitement of the chase and watching the plot unfold was where this book's entertainment lay. The narrative whisks you along as the details of the plot, the past and the present are untangled like different coloured balls of
A challenging book to read with so many different characters and plots but a page turner like the rest. I really enjoyed it and I know the area that the book takes place, so it brought back lots on memories. Can't wait to read the next in the series and hope Cleo will be in the story more and what about Sandy?
A very well-paced & well-plotted fourth episode from Brigton & Hove's finest,Detective Superintendent Roy Grace which spans the world from New York City on 9/11, to Melbourne,Australia to the seedy streets of the south coast's incontinent crime capital.It involves old stamps,unidentified corpses & plenty of character conflicts,as well as a suitable amount of accurate police procedural; & at its climax,a car chase at Beachy Head,where Grace must save his odious new antagonist,Cass ...more
Gail Mchugh
You gotta get rid of Sandy. I read and reread the 9/11 parts. The sadness of it all was tremendous. I think Mr. James caught the horror without too much delving. Just right for the novel to move along. I do wish Sandy was on the beach and drank herself to death. Is she a covert operative running for her life? Is she in a witness protection arrangement and cannot contact Grace for fear of making him a target? Is she just a selfish slut? Is she dead? If she is dead please let the ghost die too. Wh ...more
Myriel Morley
A cracking good read. Thoroughly recommend it. As I listened on an audio book, it was even more enjoyable and the suspense built through the book. I was sorry I'd finished it...a real escapist and enjoyable thriller. The author makes his characters so believable and the plot twists and turns to a great finale.
Michael Ritchie
Perfection. There are few authors that I read so quickly. These books look so huge and dense, but the writing is so smooth that the pages just melt away as you get caught up in the great story. Ends on a superb cliffhanger too, so looking forward to the next one!
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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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