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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312642822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642822
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Det. Supt. Roy Grace and his major crimes team discover disturbing similarities between two Brighton rapes in the thrilling sixth entry in James's popular U.K. crime series (Dead Simple, etc.). In particular, the rapist used the women's shoes to violate his victims. In 1997, a similar series of rapes occurred in Brighton, committed by someone known only as the "Shoe Man." The Shoe Man had five confirmed victims, but Grace always suspected that 22-year-old Rachael Ryan, who disappeared soon after the rapes ceased in 1997, was the Shoe Man's only murder victim. Grace's failure to find Rachael's body has haunted him since. James ably shifts between the present-day investigation, with its numerous suspects, who all appear guilty of something, and the earlier inquiry. The disappearance a decade earlier of Grace's wife, Sandy, is another ongoing mystery that will leave readers eager for the next installment. (Dec.) (c)
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“The most engrossing thriller since Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs.” ----The Washington Post 

“Sinister and riveting. Peter James is one of the best in the world.” –Lee Child

"U.S. readers deserve to know what the rest of the world has known for years--Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business." --Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of BROKEN and UNDONE

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It was tightly plotted with great characters.
Kristal A. Pooler
Another gripping and fast paced read that keeps you guessing right until the end, with very interesting twists and turns.
Maisie
The book is over 600 pages long at least 100 to 150 too many.
John Edward William Elliott

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on October 18, 2010
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In an ever expanding global market, American readers are discovering the exciting works of authors from abroad. And this is never more so true as it is with British authors of the suspense thriller fiction genre.

Let me make this proclamation now, one of the best British writers I've ever had the pleasure of reading has to be Peter James.

Recently I was introduced to James with his newest release Dead Like You.

In his sixth novel featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a serial rapist known as The Shoe Man - called so because of his penchant for ladies' designer shoes and the horrendous things he forces his victims to do with them - is on the prowl again among Brighton's upper class after being dormant for 12 years.

DS Grace hasn't forgotten The Shoe Man's last victim: Rachel Ray. Unlike other victims who lived to tell about their nightmarish experience, Ray just simply disappeared. Did The Shoe Man escalate from rapist to murderer?

Working at a feverish pace, DS Grace searches for the identity of The Shoe Man before he goes underground again.

This isn't the only problem that plagues DS Grace, however. At home he is juggling a pregnant fiance as he seeks to have his wife, Sandy, declared legally dead after she simply disappeared one day over a decade ago.

Could Sandy have been a victim of The Shoe Man too?

Dead Like You is a fast pace, very engrossing read that's difficult to put down.

Using real life police procedures of the UK coupled with frighteningly too real crime scenarios, James weaves a novel that will leave you never looking at your shoes the same again.

I so enjoyed this book that I'll definitely be seeking out more in the Roy Grace crime series.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JD Cetola VINE VOICE on October 11, 2010
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This is the first Peter James book I've read and the first of the Detective Roy Grace series to be published stateside. Although "Dead Like You" is the sixth book to feature Grace, it's not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one (although I'll be tracking those down). "Dead Like You" opens with an abduction on Christmas Eve 1997. The next several chapter are set in present day Brighton, England where Detective Grace is called to investigate a brutal New Year's Eve rape that bears striking similarities to the 1997 abduction (unsolved) and a series of other unsolved rapes/attacks from the same time period believed to be the work of a heinous criminal dubbed "Shoe Man".

Much of the book darts back in forth between 1997 and the present and this works well in the context of this book. The reader gets glimpses into Grace's life to include the still unsolved disappearance of his wife. We learn a little about Grace in the process and a lot about the "Shoe Man". James successfully builds suspense both in the past and in the present crimes. He presents a handful of suspects and his characterization (and motivation) for these evil men is detailed. As are their crimes--James is fairly graphic in his description of the attacks. We learn less about Grace, which is unfortunate, and virtually nothing about Grace's fellow detectives. This is the only weak aspect to this otherwise fine novel--not enough development or interest in the main character.

"Dead Like You" reads fast for a 550 page book and is loaded with suspense. I had a hard time putting it down and thought it one of the better thrillers I've read in quite some time. There are plenty of red herrings and enough uncertainty to keep the reader guessing. James shows some of his cards early, but the suspense is there throughout the book. Definitely recommended.
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This is the first Peter James novel I've read and he is a keeper! Dead Like You is the sixth novel in the Inspector Roy Grace series and reads well as a standalone story. The series, set in Brighton on the southern coast of England is quintessentially British, lots of colloquialisms and a true damp rainy climate described throughout the story. Grace is the detective superintendent of a major crimes unit in Brighton. In this installment of the series they track "the Shoeman", a rapist and presumed killer who preys on women who purchase high end shoes. The Shoeman committed a series of rapes in 1997 and is suspected in the disappearance of a victim, Rachael Ray who went missing on Christmas Eve 1997. Although Ray's body was never found, Grace is convinced she was taken by the Shoeman. Two rapes occurring in the present time follow the modus operandi of the Shoeman, and then the chase is on to find and stop him before another woman is taken and tortured. There are a number of credible suspects who if not guilty of the rapes are certainly up to something.
The narration alternates between action in'97 and the present day, which I initially found a wee bit confusing, but I got into the rhythm of it. All the police procedural aspects of the story are first rate and drive the narrative in a realistic way. The suspense builds credibly throughout the book culminating in the last few chapters where Grace and his officers attempt to locate and liberate the most recent victim. The denouement, in my opinion often the weakest part of mysteries is terrific. The inspector has an intriguing back story - his own wife Sandy went missing during the 1997 crime spree and her fate is unknown. Currently Grace is involved and hoping to marry his pregnant girl friend Cleo.
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