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Dead Like You (Roy Grace #6)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,365 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is forever haunted by the unexplained disappearance of his wife, Sandy, nearly ten years ago. Ever since she went missing, he's been consumed with finding out what happened to her. Finally, he may be moving on. He has fallen in love and is going to marry his girlfriend, Cleo, who is pregnant with their child.

But his life is put on hold wh
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tobyann Aparisi
Mar 17, 2011 Tobyann Aparisi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jes Jones
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
Vera VB
Het centrale thema in deze thriller is verkrachting. Er gebeuren er meerdere en het vreemde is dat ze hetzelfde patroon volgen als verkrachtingen van 12 jaar geleden. Gaat het om dezelfde persoon die inspecteur Grace toen ook al niet heeft kunnen oppakken? Gaat het om een copy-cat? Bij alle verkrachtingen spelen dure schoenen met een hoge hak een rol. Daarnaast passeren er verschillende verdachte personen die elk hun rol spelen in dit boek. Niet iedere verdachte is ook een crimineel.

Je komt wel
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
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.
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.
Carey Combe
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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
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
Yusuf Bayraktar
Çok uzundu... 4, hatta 5 yıldız bile verebilirdim ama bir polisiye romanının tüm o bilinmez sıkıcılığı 600 küsür sayfaya sığdırılınca gerçekten bunalttı. 400. Sayfadan sonra gerçekten sırf bitirmek için okudum, hani eğer katilin kim olduğunu kitabın başlarında zaten söylemeselerdi en azından "katil kim" sorusunu okurduk, "acaba nasıl yakalanacak" sorusu pekte ilgi çekmedi.
Ama yine de basit konusuna ve uzunluğuna rağmen kitabın ilgi çekici olmadığını söyleyemem. Kendimi "Zodiac" filmini bir kez d
Linda  Branham Greenwell
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like the book... it skipped around from Then (1997) to Now and between different characters, But then I began to feel acquainted with the different characters and I really liked the story. Well, "like" as in enjoyed "reading" the story... I certainly wouldn't want to live it !

Inspector Grace was a policeman that I liked - along with his relationship with Cleo. I have not read the previous book about his first wife Sandy... but still I did not feel left out a
This story starts following a brutal rape of a woman on New Year’s Eve. Followed by further attacks which seem to mirror those that happened in Brighton in 1997. The attacker was known as `The Shoe man’ Grace is now wondering if the killer is back!

I love the story of Grace and Cleo running along in the background and the mystery with the disappearance of Graces first wife Sandy, just the curiosity of this itself makes you wanting to read the next book in this series to find out what really has
Rachel Groves
Seemed like a book in need of some more editing. I really kind of liked the storytelling although the jumping back and forth from the current day to the past isn't my favourite format. But what annoyed me enough to not bother reading on was some of the horrible writing - usually when he's writing from a female perspective.

"Whereas she was on her own.
She and Tracey and Jade. The Three Saddo Singles, they jokingly called themselves. But there was truth behind the humour. After two and a half year
Sometimes I think an author can get lazy having had success with previous novels and I believe this is what has happened here. When Roy Grace first stepped into the big literary world I couldn't put the books down. I couldn't wait for the annual release of the next instalment. Then book 4 in the series came along and it was good, but not as good as the first three. I hoped it was just a bit of a glitch. Finally book 5 in the series was released and I grabbed a copy as soon as it was released ... ...more
Craig Sisterson
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace tries to catch a brutal serial rapist whose crimes bring the past crashing terrifyingly back into the present. A partygoer is savagely attacked as she returns to her room in a fancy hotel. A week later another woman is assaulted. Both victims’ shoes are taken.

Grace realises the attacks echo an unsolved series of ‘Shoe Man’ crimes that struck Brighton back in 1997, where four women were raped and a fifth disappeared. As the pattern begins to repeat, Grace and h
Gary Lawrence
There are aspects of "Dead Like You" that I certainly enjoyed but within a matrix of predictability.

This is the first of James's series, which all contain Dead in the title and feature the character Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. You can tell there is backstory from previous novels concerning his missing wife and relations with others in the police force but you can pick up enough from the context to not miss out.

The characterisation is very thin, none of the police, villains or victims w
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The Shoe Man was able to escape detection over a decade ago by having an awareness of police and forensic techniques. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who worked the original case, is almost certain that he has returned and is repeating his crimes. We are given more than one viable suspect, each with a skill or occupation that allows them access to a steady stream of potential victims. DS Grace and his team sift through the new evid
Book Addict Shaun
Another doorstop of a read from Peter James. But, unlike some authors who don't know when to stop writing, the book wasn't a chore to read. I have to say that I think Peter is one of the best authors writing in the UK right now, I can't think of many who write a police procedural better than he does. I love Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride, who both have fantastic series in Tom Thorne and Logan McRae but I just feel that Grace is the most believable police officer than the other two. That sai ...more
Tara Moss
A woman is brutally raped after a New Year’s Eve ball, and a week later there is another victim. Detective Roy Grace suspects the ‘Shoe Man’ is back to his old deadly habits…
Prolific bestseller Peter James has mastered the art of suspense, and his incredible dedication to crime research shows in every chapter. He has spent hundreds of hours with Sussex police, and his popular character Roy Grace is loosely based on real life police officer Dave Gaylor. Dead Like You - the sixth instalment in t
Women are being assaulted and their shoes stolen. The cases remind Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of unsolved cases from the late 90s. The author skillfully reveals the mindset of three different characters who could be the culprit. Camera footage shows a man dressed as a woman following his victims into high-end shoe stores. The "Shoe Man," as he is dubbed, is clever, and although one forensics experts believes all of the attacks are perpetrated by one person, Grace isn't so sure. The autho ...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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Roy Grace (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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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.” 21 likes
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