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Dead Like You (Roy Grace #6)

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The new Roy Grace novel from the bestselling author of Dead Tomorrow. Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching youâ The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon r ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published 2010 by Macmillan
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First Sentence: We all make mistakes, all of the time.

In 1997, Brighton was on the hunt for a serial, stranger rapist. The perpetrator was never caught but the rapes suddenly stopped. Twelve years later, stranger rapes are happening again. The common thread is shoes; the victims all share a love for expensive, designer shoes which are used in their rape and taken from them. DS Roy Grace leads the team hunting down “The Shoe Man,” while awaiting the birth of his first child and still trying to so
Sep 12, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
There are a few things that annoyed me about this book and those things stopped me giving it four stars but I would have certainly given three and a half stars if that were possible. So, let’s talk about the things that annoyed me… Glen Branson has become incredibly irritating to me. I don’t care that his wife left him, his wife was a horrible bitch anyway, his incessant whining has run its course I feel and there surely cannot be much more. Please don’t let there be any more. There was a line a ...more
Bill Ward
This is a larger book than the previous ones I have read featuring Roy Grace and while it was a pleasant read it wasn't as gripping as I would have hoped. The more recent books of this series I've found to be a bit slow and this was the slowest so far and at almost twice the size of some of his books, I did find myself fast reading in places.
The book started well and then the last quarter was good as we started to narrow down the suspects and look for a conclusion as to who was guilty and was it
This is the first Peter James book I’ve read, and it lands, I think, five books into a series following detective Roy Grace. In Dead Like You, Grace is after a brutal rapist whose M.O. begins to look very much like that of an number of unresolved cold cases that are sitting on his desk for review; those of the ‘Shoe Man’.

There’s a lot of acclaim for the series, the author, and this book (four star ratings and good reviews on most of the reading-related sites I’ve checked), so I was very surprise
Oct 23, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Another excellent book in this police procedural. I like the way that we go through the the whole process with the police, as well as being with the criminals and other suspects. Also a very good group of recurring characters within this series.
Tobyann Aparisi
Mar 17, 2011 Tobyann Aparisi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: love this book, recommend to anyone
Recommended to Tobyann by: first reads
What a creative, and awesome serial killer/rape story. I was so entralled in this story that I could not put it down. Awesome, well described detective story with the creep factor. Loved this book, really want to read more from this author, his style is fluid and descriptive. You really feel and get into the characters and the wonderful description of England makes you feel like you are there (and I have always wanted to go there). Wonderful book really

thank you so much for picking me for the fi
Gloria Feit
Oct 13, 2015 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was inevitable: A serial killer, and a real psycho at that, in Brighton finally offers Detective Superintendent Roy Grace a challenge in the eleventh novel in this distinguished series. Called the Brighton Brander, his MO is to burn U R Dead on his victims’ right thighs after abducting them and keeping them encased in a coffin-like container for a period of time while he toys with them.

What makes this plot more interesting is that the current wave of snatches may be related to murders many ye
Jan 21, 2016 Knigoqdec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Случай, замразен от 12 години отново излиза на линия, когато започват да се случват неща, много подобни на онези от 97-ма...
Това е една много брутална книга, която ме кара да се радвам, че не съм почитател на обувките с високи токчета и хич не им разбирам. И също така е и книга, с която си припомних една от милиардите си детски мечти, в случая - да работя като детектив xD
Колебаех се в оценката, но все пак книгата беше увлекателна. Добри психологически профили както на престъпниците, така и на по
I received this book as an ARC from Goodreads. Thanks again to Goodreads for another great opportunity.

I was not familiar with this author prior to receiving Dead Like You. Before I started the book I briefly researched Peter James. Based on research I had great expectations for Dead Like You.

The author started off well in chapter 1. Unfortunately, the author didn’t continue to deliver at the same pace. The book and storyline plodded along for well over half the book. A number of characters are
Angelique Jurd
Apr 28, 2012 Angelique Jurd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Brighton Police Force has a bad feeling about a spate of stranger rapes that have taken place in his city. The MO appears to resemble that of a rapist, and possibly killer, he was unable to stop 12 years earlier.

The similarities force Grace to examine a period of his life that was extremely painful. At the time his wife was unaccepting of his career and put huge demands on his attention and time; when she eventually disappeared, to never resurface, Grace
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I first picked up a Peter James book a while back entitled `Dead Simple'. It was (luckily for me) the first in the Roy Grace Series and was based around a harmless stag night prank that went wrong. From that book I was hooked and each of the 4 books that followed was fantastic. Thankfully this latest instalment is no different. This latest Roy Grace offering is pretty hefty with a massive 500 pages. This didn't put me off, in actual fact quite the opposite.

This story all starts following the bru
Oct 23, 2010 J.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A woman is brutally raped after a New Year’s Eve ball at a major hotel. A week later, the rapist attacks another woman. In both cases designer shoes have been taken by the assailant—a signature which calls to mind a similar series of rapes 12 years earlier.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is haunted by the earlier crimes because the last victim vanished in a manner eerily similar to the disappearance of his wife. Now, preparing to remarry, Grace is determined to nab the offender.

Peter James de
Sep 01, 2013 Ankur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book i picked up recently in my quest to read new notable authors. Peter James was well liked and so i chose this book for my reading, especially because it's a long mystery novel.

DS Grace is working on old cases and that reminds him of his shoe-man case. Based in 1998, Grace was never able to solve the case and the connected disappearance of a girl called Rachel Ryan.

Novel is timed around the eve of Christmas and new year.

Once again rape cases similar to the "shoe-man" cases of 1998 s
Samantha Cosham
Aug 12, 2013 Samantha Cosham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a slightly different approach with delineated storytelling that sees two different Grace investigations separated by ten or so years. Both dealing with the same perpetrator, the Shoe Man.

We are introduced to several potential culprits and begin to look for similarities between them in both time scales. Are both Shoe Men the same or is there a copycat? Can Grace pin him down this time, where he failed before?

The classic third twist is there and I am hoping leads to a resurrection in a
I have read recently that Peter James did extensive research with the Police Force to get all his facts straight. BUT the research he must have done for the shoes mentioned in this book is mind-boggling.

A killer re-surfaces after 12 years layoff. There are a few similarities but he has changed some of this MO. SO whilst the police are fairly sure it is the same person there is a bit of a doubt and it may be a cop-cat killer.

In the meantime another killer seems to emerge. We hear this "potential"
Tessa Celie
Van alle Peter James' die ik tot nu toe las, de minst goeie.
Het heen en weer hoppen in de tijd, maakt het moeilijk om in het verhaal te komen. Ook niet niet alle verhaallijnen worden neergelegd op het einde van het boek.
James schept de verwachting dat je eindelijk - nadat hij in de vorige boeken het verhaal gestaag opbouwde - te weten komt wat er met Sandy is gebeurd, maar niks is minder waar.
Op het einde van het boek zit je dus met een mengeling van honger-naar-meer en teleurstelling om het
Svein F Hestvaag
Jan 18, 2016 Svein F Hestvaag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting to get a bit tired of James’ obsession with police titles, abbreviations; and the repetitive description of characters... Probably because I’ve read the six first Grace novels in rapid succession. Can’t stop yet, though :-)
Keith Curran
Well, there it was...

A weak effort. James seems to be picking crimes out of a hat, and GRACE, his detective, makes more mistakes every time. The books are getting a rite, by the numbers feel. And I couldn't help being amused by the perpetrators MO. DESIGNER SHOES! What a silly obsession, and one shared by TWO significant characters! Characters it was hard to tell apart, which played to the complexity of the investigation, I suppose. No further character development to speak of, but if Glenn does
Mar 16, 2015 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual, gripping page-turner from Peter James
Jes Jones
Feb 17, 2015 Jes Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial rapist is loose in the city and it's a race against time to find him, and prevent any more incidences from happening. Dead Like You jumps between a serial rapist at large in 1997-98, and his reappearance in the future (some 12 years later). The story line also bounces between the perspectives of various characters such as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace who was involved in the rapes in 1997 and becomes integral to the new rapes cases. Also included are some of the rape victims' exper ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
In the sixth book of the DS Roy Grace series by Peter James, things are starting to look more positive for Roy. Even though he's still haunted by the unexplained disappearance of his wife, Sandy, ten years ago, he's engaged to his new love, Cleo. They are expecting their first child and Roy seems as happy as we've ever seen him.

Our story really begins in 1997, when a 29-year-old Grace begins his investigation of a serial rapist, known as the Shoe Man, who was believed to have raped at least five
Stephen Hayes
The trouble with reading these Roy Grace books out of order is that the baby keeps popping back into the womb, and in this case it is made more complicated by flashbacks to 12 years before, so keeping track of the action gets a bit complicated.

It's nevertheless a readable crime novel, though more of a police procedural than a whodunit -- the reader knows more than the police, and so it is easier to work out who the perpetrator is.

Roy Grace also seems to make some serious mistakes this time. Sa
Jun 04, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it
Finally a traditional British detective story :) Liked it even though the first half is difficult to remember all personages included in two timelines. Sometimes too many details of police work but really a good read. Recommend it.
Feb 02, 2013 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 6th book in the Roy Grace series by Peter James.
Another good read that is longer than usual(550+ pages). Peter James continues to drip feed the sub plots in order that you feel the need to continue with the series.
Exciting at first, then by the halfway mark I had figured out who had done it. But an extra 0,5 point because of the little twist at the end.
Still too many descriptions.
Literatura pe tocuri
„Pantofarul şi moartea” este ca o furtună tropicală în mijlocul oraşului. Ne amestecă opiniile şi felul de a fi, ne învârte până ajungem în centrul metropolei, pradă necunoscutului. La fel ca viaţa, romanul acesta este o aventură. Depinde în ce direcţie o ia autorul. Mai mult! Persoanele pe care le crează vor fi bune sau rele? Nu ştim încă… Interesant e că opera debutează cu o greşeală! O greşeală din sfera banalului şi anume cea în care ne lăsăm purtaţi de destin. El e un ghid, iar noi nu putem ...more
Carey Combe
Sep 15, 2010 Carey Combe rated it really liked it
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Dec 28, 2014 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another installment of the Roy Grace series. I didn't like this one as much as the others, but I still found it interesting. My enjoyment of the book was lessened because, to be honest, I found the back and forth in time periods distracting and confusing at times. I wasn't particularly fond of the way that Sandy was portrayed, considering that this woman was the love of Roy's life until he met Chleo. She seemed rather unforgiving and bitchy to me. The crimes were, as always, horrific and the pol ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Dlhmoore rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know this has received many awards for his books and this particular one is supposed to be one of his best. I was disappointed! The author used the style of "today then what happened before". It became very confusing.

The basis of the story is about a serial killer who surfaces after his initial killing spree 12 years before the present. The MO is the same so they feel sure they are looking for the same man. Eventually of course they get him but several questions are never answered. There is a
I have to pace myself with thrillers. I can only read or listen to one every so often. Some can leave me with a headache from the eye-rolling with the portrayal of the serial killer's MO and the pursuing agents/cops following the clues and grudgingly falling in love (since it's usually a hot FBI agen and the rogue hottie and gruff police detective of interchangeable sexes)....
Then there's the thriller with a scary believable serial scary and the detective who follows all the clues and sometimes
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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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“All men lie. That's how they operate. if you want a longterm relationship with a man you've got to understand it's going to be with a liar. It's in their nature - it's genetic, it's a bloody Darwinian acquired characteristic for survival, OK? They tell you what they want you to hear.” 24 likes
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