Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace's Brighton
Fans of Peter James and his bestselling Roy Grace series of crime novels know that his books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police and are set in a world every bit as gritty as the real thing. His friend Graham Bartlett was a long-serving detective in the city once described as Britain's 'crime capital'. Together, in Death Comes Knocking, the...more
Graham Bartlett and his predecessor, Dave Gaylor, have advised Peter James on police proc ...more
This book was an interesting one, because it dips in between fiction and non-fiction, although it’s a non-fiction book overall. Graham Bartlett used to be Brighton’s top cop, and he’s uniquely served as every rank in the Brighton and Hove police force; Peter James, meanwhile, is a successful crime writer, best known for his Roy Grace series of novels.
What’s interesting about this book is that Bartlett uses his i ...more
This book is a fascinating insight to some of the events that inspired some of James stories.
As it's littered with examples to the Grace stories this book is ideal aimed at those that have read the series (as it also reveals lots of spoilers).
The book tackles every aspect of policing, from mur ...more
Seems to be a lot of crooks, some devious, some clever and some as thick as two short planks.
Interesting to read about one man's career through the ranks. ...more
In the book, we go undercover in the seedy world of the many different examples of crime that affects the Sout ...more
Graeme Bartlett was a high-ranking officer in Brighton and Hove and recently retired, but during his service, he became friends with Peter James. This is an account of the interesting jobs he came across during his career. Written with Peter James, they have linked the real life stories of Roy Grace’s career, linking books up with locations or types of cases mentio ...more
In a stylistic gimmick that wears thin within 25 pages let alone the 298 that the volume comprises, Bartlett incessantly correlates every case he discusses with an incident in on ...more
I will always have great admiration for the Police force and always wanted to be a copper but in my time there wa ...more
Former detective Graham Bartlett has done a grea ...more
I give it four stars as I’ve mentioned not preferring non-fiction, plus lack of knowledge to the Grace novels references(a fact I am now going to rectify), also a detached , non fiction characterisations (I prefer those romantic, dramatic ...more
If you want to find out about true crime in Brighton, whether that is stories about bank robberies, murders, stalking cases or football hooligans, this is the book to read!
Graham Bartlett gives a fascinating insight into the challenges of the Brighton police by picking out some of the most interesting stories of his 30 year career, climbing all ranks possible. He provides an intimate insight into his life, detailing the struggles of being in such a highly demanding jo ...more
It seems odd to say that I enjoyed this book given that it is about situations where people have been the victims of crime and some have suffered terribly as a consequence but it is told in a reassuring and factual manner without sensationalism or self aggrandisement. It illustrates the determination of the Police to see justice done wherever possible, but doesn’t pretend that mistakes never happen, nor does it shy from observing that in the police, line all walks of life, there are ...more
And this enjoyable account of a man who rose through the ranks and policed the streets of East Sussex gave a real insight into his world.
Sometimes policemen who turn their hand to writing go for the fictional genre, and can woefully overburden the reader with ...more
Graham Bartlett worked his way up through the ranks to become Brighton’s Police Commander, and with the author Peter James, has written about the wealth of knowledge he picked up and used in his job.
He uses actual cases from his career and these are as far-ranging as one would expect from a thirty-year career span. Each is told in great detail and the reader is able to immerse himself into the underworld that exists in any large city. Graham ...more