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Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace #7)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,426 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Carly Chase is still traumatized ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police Force i ...more
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Published May 5th 2014 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 2011)
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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

I pre-ordered this book; something I don’t normally do when buying books. However, being a Peter James enthusiast and having spent many years living and working close to Brighton, (where the Roy Grace series of books are featured) I was keen to read the latest instalment.

Unfortunately some bright spark in the Amazon marketing department, thought it was a good idea to post a video of Peter James explaining the plot of Dead Man’s Grip, his seventh book in the series. Within less than a minute we
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
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
Amy Andrea
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
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....
“Dead man’s grip” is the newest entry in Peter James’s mystery series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex police force. In Grace’s newest case, Tony Revere—an American student studying in Great Britain and the grandson of a New York mafia don—is run over by multiple cars while biking on the wrong side of the road.

And soon, all the drivers involved in the accident begin getting murdered one by one, until there’s no one left except Carly Chase—a middle-aged lawyer and singl
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
Diane S.
Received this as a first read giveaway. I have read all the Roy Grace books and this one kept to the high standard set by his previous books. An accident involving a car, a truck and a white van that drives away after hitting a killing a cyclist sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Grace and his team investigating. Also set backs in his private life keep the novel swiftly moving. A fantastic twist at the end just add to this very good read.
Peter James Roy grace series is one of my favourite's of this genre - along with Susan Hill's Simon Serralier series. This was one of his best. The story line was plausible, the tension constant and the characters were all interesting.

I recommedn the whole series being read in order and the main characters personal lives are interesting 7 evolving.
Martine Bailey
An easy to listen to police procedural, set in Brighton, this audio book did at times keep me listening longer than I’d planned. Yet at the same time, the device of every single character being swept up in a crisis did infuriate me. I’m beginning to find it all too predictable that everyone in contemporary crime novels is in imminent danger of losing their job/ baby/spouse/ life.
The plot, about the ramifications of a multi-vehicle road accident, unspooled well. After the initially unappealing li
Vera VB
Carly is onaandachtig achter het stuur omdat ze met haar telefoon aan het rommelen is. Achter haar rijdt een witte bestelwagen, een bumperklever. Ze kan nog net een fietser ontwijken die eigenlijk aan de verkeerde kant van de weg rijdt. Ze rampt de gevel van een huis. Wanneer ze uitstapt ziet ze iets op straat liggen, een been, de rest van de fietser zit onder een vrachtwagen.
De jongeman overlijdt. Zoals standaard het geval is, wordt er een ademcontrole uitgevoerd. Het is ochtend dus Carly maak
Absolutely loved this one - the best in the series so far for me, and I loved the references to other books and characters (especially the taxi driver!) and thought the Roy Grace personal bits were wonderfully tantalising...
Steve Cann
I only found out about Peter James' work after seeing an excellent dramatization of his novella 'The Perfect Murder' at my local theatre, & was so impressed I decided I would delve straight into one of his DS Roy Grace books to read more.

And I wasn't disappointed! This story is packed with suspense, shocks, and grittiness, as he cleverly interweaves the lives of the characters in the opening chapters & sets us up for a traffic accident that impacts on all the lives of those involved in t
One thing that I hate in this book is that Sandy character, Roy Grace's ex-wife. She decided to leave him without any warning, discussion or whatever, no communication throughout the years and everyone thought she's dead. Grace found his new girlfriend, now wife, and this Sandy woman is furious because Grace has found someone to replace her. But why did she go away from him from the first time after all? However, this character adds up interesting twists in Peter James novels which I am looking ...more
Stephen Hayes
As I read this book, I kept thinking that I had read it before, but then wondered why so much of it seemed quite new.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called on to investigate a serious hit-and-run motor accident, where the victim is an American student whose family have Mafia connections, promptin fears that they might take revenge on those they see as responsible.

Roy Grace has worries at home, however, as his girlfriend Cleo is having a difficult pregnancy, and has to spend some time in
Carey Combe
I love this series!
Robert Bovington
“Dead Man’s Grip” by Peter James
A Review by Robert Bovington

Location: A balcony in Andalusia

Diane: “Are you going to sit out there reading all day?”

Bob: “No. I’ve nearly finished this chapter.”

Bob finishes the chapter of Peter James’ latest thriller and reluctantly goes indoors to help his wife.


It is often like this when I read Peter’s Roy Grace novels. It is as though the books are stuck to my hands with superglue, which is most appropriate in the case of “Dead Man’s Grip
Linda  Branham Greenwell
The story starts off with quite a dramatic car accident. There is an introduction of the main characters and then the accident itself is described in all its horrific detail.
The victim of the accident was a young man who just happened to be the son of a Mafia family. The 3 vehicles involved in the accident each had an unsavory reason for being involved 1) the white van which actually hit the young man - was actually driven by a prisoner on day release, 2) Carly, a mother and divorce lawyer, had
Gina Williams
I'd go 4.5. Thoroughly enjoyable English country side, police procedural, and well developed protagonist that is all too human. What better way to spend an afternoon?

Welcome to the Sussex CID Major Crimes Division where Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has just been informed of a major road collision involving three vehicles and a bicyclist. A truck driver having logged too many hours, a car driven by a business woman and mother, with an alcohol level above the limit, and a van driver who fle
Ian Mapp
I quite like Peter James. He appears on the book show on Sky Arts, always grumbling about why popular authors (such as himself) are never represented by literary awards.

There is a reason for this. His books are the culinary equivalent of a Big Mac. Massively enjoyabel at the time and then instantly forgettable. I can't think anyone would have a Peter James book in their Top 10.

The chapters are short and punchy, the plot relentless and the longer strory of Roy Graces family circumstances are nudg
I don't often find 3 good books in a row by authors I've never or rarely read, but that's what happened this time. Dead Man's Grip is an easy read because many of the characters are quite likeable and thereby pull us into the fray, pulling for them to come out on top. Others are so horribly immoral that we don't mind one bit pulling for them to die. But then there's this one horrible, immoral fellow who is also quite intriguing and we're not at all sure we want him to die.

Set in a favorite place
Andrew Smith
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
Peter James loves Brighton. I love Brighton. Peter James writes detective fiction. I like detective fiction. Peter James is a car nut. I'm a car nut. Sounds like I should be stalking him rather than reading him, but somehow, despite great expectations, it didn't really turn out that way.
Admittedly, I learned a lot about police procedure from dead Man's Grip, so a lot of realism and a lot of research went in the book. I was reminded of the sleazy parts of Brighton - places that can be forgotten
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Ronald Roseborough
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has his hands full with a new baby due and a major investigation underway. This fast paced British police procedural starts with a random traffic accident resulting in the death of a young American man who was struck while riding a bicycle. Three motor vehicles were involved. A car driven by a woman who crashes her car when narrowly avoiding the bicycle. A white van that hits the young man, then speeds away. Lastly a tractor trailer that can't stop before the b ...more
Michael Harling
I had several other books on the go when I picked this one up just to read the first few pages to get an idea what it was about. Three days later I finished it.

This book continues to follow the life and career of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his ever-widening band of cohorts and co-workers. While the human side of this book takes an interesting turn, it pales next to the crime, and the villain, who takes creative cruelty to new heights.

In this episode, a horrific traffic fatality finds
I was not familiar with this author before. I was pleasantly surprised when I received my ARC thru Good Reads for free!

This is a fast paced thriller - riddled with surprises and intrigue. I really enjoyed the way Peter James embraced the language of London and the settings. Thru his detailed descriptions, I felt like I could walk into the book and right onto the London streets.

If anything - I felt it could have even been a little longer! I loved the character development and I would love to se
Gloria Feit
This is the seventh in the Roy Grace series, detailed police procedurals that take place in the Brighton area of Great Britain. The tightly written plots carry the reader from page to page wondering what comes next. And the nearly overwhelming [in a good way, to be sure!] detail keeps the reader from guessing the next step.

This novel begins with the gruesome death of a young man, who defies his mother, the daughter of a mafia don in New York City, to study at a Brighton university and live with
Feb 19, 2012 Stephen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jack Unruh and Janet Lockhart
It's a bad day for an accident, it's raining and people are hurrying to work. Carly Chase is late, she dropped off her son, Tyler for school late and she has an important client waiting for her.Stuart Ferguson is overtired and has had little sleep but is trying to make his truck delivery on time. Suddenly a man on a bike dives into Portland Road from the wrong direction. Carly swerves to miss him and crashes into a store front ,Stuart's lorry misses the biker also, but a white van clips the man ...more
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