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Dead Man's Grip

(Roy Grace #7)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,803 ratings  ·  486 reviews
**ASIN: B004VT0WJ0 added to newer cover version**

I want them to suffer, and I want them dead. . .

Carly Chase is still traumatised after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare.

The drivers of the

Kindle Edition, 516 pages
Published (first published 2011)
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Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man's Grip is book 7 in the Roy Grace series by Peter James. A single mum Carly Chase went to work one day and was involved in a major road accident which change her life. Readers of Dead Man's Grip will follow the investigation by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Detective Sergeant Glen Branson into the road accident and find out what happens to the people who was involved. Readers of Dead Man's Grip will be surprise with the ending of this book.

I love Peter James character Detective
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an ARC won from GoodReads. Dead Man's Grip is a police procedural (which is not my normal choice in books). It was not a psychological thriller, nor was it a suspense or a "whodunnit." I found the plot to be very linear and there were no surprises or turns in the story. It really was just a police procedural. I was hoping for some sort of a plot turn. I understand however that Peter James is very good at the this genre and the book certainly does take you along in the footsteps of the c ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The seventh in the Roy Grace series. The opening few chapters involving a road traffic accident sets the scene. Without explaining plot spoilers, those involved in the accident become potential targets for the killer.

Overall I enjoyed the book- PJ never disappoints for me. I love the snappy short chapters that are PJ trademark. However, I'm finding it hard to rate as some of the plot strands tend to be significantly less realistic.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Peter James is such a wonderful author.....

This book kept surprising me all the way through - I would never want to get on the wrong side of this man. He has so many novel ways of doing a person in!

In this chilling psychological thriller, a fatal traffic accident has unforeseen and unimaginable consequences.

Lawyer, Carly Chase, took evasive action and crashed her car into a café instead of hitting the American student riding his bike on the wrong side of the road. But when breathalysed she is fo
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 okay... finally the mistery around Sandy is getting mentioned... don’t like where it is going but we’ll see
Lynda Kelly
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This is one of my favourites of the series so far. I really enjoyed it. I saw some reviewers weren't keen on this one, whereas I've felt like that with some of the preceding tales.
It was a good story based around an accident involving a cyclist, a car, a lorry and a van.....and all caused by one reckless move from just one of doubt Mr James had people of a certain brigade screaming at him on Twitter !! I enjoyed the relationship of Tooth and his associate and I'm so happy the associat
I keep getting sucked in by the great blurbs by people I really like, praising Peter James to the skies. And I really like good police procedurals, especially British and European ones - there are hundreds of them on my bookshelves. But Roy Grace leaves me lukewarm. He's a bit of a sad case - and the missing wife back story seems more of a distraction than an illumination. He reminds me a bit of Charlie Brown.

This book has some decent bits - the attempt to rescue the kidnapped boy at the end is
Amy Andrea
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James is a great book if you are in the mood for a mystery thriller. This book keeps you entertained and wanting to read more. The author switches the point of views from chapter to chapter keeping the reader involved and thinking. It is an exciting read about a girl, Carly, involved in a car crash. However, you later find out that it was not just an ordinary car crash. It turns out that the other drivers involved were tortured and killed before the crash and Carly was t ...more
Andrew Smith
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In truth, my tastes for crime fiction are normally biased towards American and Mediterranean settings. I do like some British crime writers, Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham amongst them, but I tend to find the settings too close to home to provide the pure escapist experience I’m seeking when I pick up such a book.
Peter James sets his Roy Grace series in and around Brighton and I have to say that the quality of the writing and the inventiveness of the plots put him right at the top of the list o
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason it actually took a little while to get into this. Normally i devour one of these in a few days. I'm not sure if it was the description of the novel i read from the dust cover, or the involvement of the Mafia in a British police procedural. Or it may be because i also obtained all of the Jack Frost novels at around the same time and couldn't wait to get through those.

Anyway, under pressure of getting the book of to the mother in-law who also loves crime novels, i finally got stuck
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A friend insisted that I should read Peter James' crime novels as they were far better than what I'd read before by him (Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill).
But I find I've got the same problems here as with the rest of his writing: too predictable, too long windy descriptions which are unnecessary (who cares how many turns he takes during a drive to a crime scene, or that he takes a turn at a filling station or a Tesco), too gratuitously gruesome scenes which bring nothing to the story,
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I can't believe I'd never heard of Peter James before I happened upon this book from the library, but it's certainly whet my appetite to catch up on all his previous works.
The audiobook version was brilliantly read by Jamie Glover.
Diane Challenor
Too grisly for me, but I had to know what happened. So I raced through it. I can calm down now. My next book will have to be a much slower ride.
Peter James mystery's are always a good read but this was one of those annoying books where a woman's idiocy is the thing that drives the plot and irresponsible drinking just gets glossed over. ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jan 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story sounded interesting and had possibilities. I tried to like it but couldn't.

I found it long and draggy. A quarter of the book could have been cut out to make it more enjoyable.

I didn't find any of the characters likeable. Well, the only one I liked was Tony, the cyclist who got killed in the beginning of the book.

There seemed to be a lot of characters, especially cops or cop-related, so I gave up trying to keep them straight.


This is the latest is a series featu
Sharon Bolton
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Peter James book and it's not difficult to see why he's popular. The word grip is particularly appropriate because the story-line certainly grabs hold of the reader at the outset and doesn't let go.

It begins with a road traffic accident. We see the young American cyclist saying goodbye to his girlfriend, the tired lorry driver and the nice/normal forty-something solicitor setting off for work after a night of heavy drinking. There's a terrible accident. Someone dies. Nobody's
I've just finished reading Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series and was looking for a decent crime detective series. I like Lord Peter Wimsey, Commander Sam Vimes - that sort of character- and this series was recommended to me.

Perhaps after being engrossed in Hill's series for the last couple of weeks I was expecting something on similar lines, but I was disappointed. If I had known this novel was about the mob, then I would not have bought it but also I couldn't get interested in the charact
Cleopatra  Pullen
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-series, own
I was looking forward to this latest offering from Peter James but was left slightl disappointed. I think it was the hitman element which just didn't feel realistic, especially as all the previous books relayed a feeling that the events could happen.

The story begins with Carly Chase getting into her car to take her son to school and being involved, although not directly, in a collision which kills a young American student. The writing is good, the setting well done and it is really nice meeting
Nutty NUUT read

Dedication: To Eva Klaesson-Lindeblad

Opening: On the morning of the accident, Carly had forgotten to set the alarm and overslept.

Best interaction: "In some states in US it's still illegal to do it in any other way than the missionary position. She's now going religious fdundamentalist on me. I'm a deviant in God's eyes apparently."

"Doesn't that make Him a voyeur?"

4* Dead Simple (Roy Grace #1)
4* Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace #2)
4* Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace #3)
4* Dead Man's Footste
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in present day Brighton, these books follow the life of Detective Superintendent Grace, we first met him aged 39 and we soon discover that his wife Sandy disappeared almost 10 years previously, the same day as Roy’s 30th Birthday. Grace finds himself attempting to move on with his life as that milestone is fast approaching whilst juggling his career and trying to solve the latest crime that has taken place in the city.

Another of the series strengths is with the great supporting cast, most no
Tory Wagner
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, mystery
Another great outing for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team. The story opens with a car accident that has stunning repercussions for all involved. The victim was the son of Mafia affiliated Americans who immediately seek revenge despite the accidental nature of the death. All three people involved, a delivery truck driver whose truck the victim falls under, a woman who skids off the road to avoid the victim, and the actual killer who hits the man, are targets for a hit man hired by ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be, so far, one of my favourite books from The Roy Grace series. I jumped from number five to number seven, so I can not judge the previous one, but this was another good thriller, fast-paced and interesting. What starts as a road traffic collision leads to mafia-related plot, keeping you on edge. As usual, short chapters and well defined characters and locations. I haven’t been to Brighton, but yet it feels as though I am a local, such are the descriptions of the place.
No doubt I will
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
Another great installment of the Roy Grace series. This book was, for me, easier to keep track of than some of the other stories. There weren't quite so many twists and turns or a whole bunch of key characters. The story was, as always, interesting and captivating. As for the recurring thread of Roy's missing wife, I really hope some of it will be solved soon. Won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it for others, but I do think there's more to the story.... ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dane Cobain
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings on this one, which is kind of annoying because I had mixed feelings about the last Roy Grace book that I read. Bizarrely enough, because I read the books out of order, this book is the book before the last one that I read, but that’s my own fault and actually it didn’t make too much of a difference here.

The problem that I had with this book is that little things kept distracting me, such as the number of times that police briefings were interrupted by someone’s phone ringing
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
As you can tell by how quick I am devouring this series I am incredibly addicted. I cannot read these books quick enough and the characters that Peter James brings to the reader are extremely relatable, loveable and are one huge family that devote their lives to protecting the Brighton area. I am glad that the Roy Grace team are consistent and Peter James balances perfectly their professional and personal lives.

I do find that this author suffers a lot with repetition and I am sure that these ar
B Shea
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really liked it. The story grabbed me right from the start and kept me reading way past bedtime on several nights. It has interesting characters and a great story line. Warning - there are a few grisly crime scenes thru out the book. I will definitely read more from this author.
Jody Miller
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping Roy Grace book. Couldn’t put it down and the housework has suffered as I finished the last few chapters of the book. Love Roy and his relationship with Cleo. Hoping Sandy doesn’t make a return to ruin it all
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual good read but about 50 pages too long , maybe I was tired though!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
A Roy Grace police procedural, this book is very much a James' fast-paced, multiple plot story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it as a brilliant read. ...more
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Peter James is a global bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 16 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 20 million copies to date and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army

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Roy Grace (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace, #2)
  • Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace, #3)
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  • Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5)
  • Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)
  • Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace, #8)
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  • Want You Dead (Roy Grace, #10)
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