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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786718803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786718801
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. British author James dreams up a horrific intersection of extreme perversion and Internet technology in his frightening, expertly constructed second Det. Supt. Roy Grace novel (after 2006's Dead Simple). London marketing exec Tom Bryce makes the mistake of popping a CD he found on the train into his computer: it logs him onto a snuff film Web site, where he watches helplessly as a beautiful woman is butchered. Soon thereafter, Grace and his partner, Det. Sgt. Glenn Branson, find the mutilated body of the victim, Janie Stretton, a law student from Brighton, whose murder reminds him of the unsolved disappearance of his wife, Sandy, nine years earlier. While the lawmen pursue elusive leads, Bryce draws the ire of the twisted criminals behind the Web site and sees his family's comfortable suburban life unravel. The rapid-fire suspense builds to a terrifying, graphic conclusion that leaves tantalizing room for future installments in the series. (Mar.)
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"The narrative builds to a satisfying climax, and the sense of place is almost palpable."

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A Real page turner.
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It's a well-rounded plot with good sense of place and great dialogue, both verbal and internal.
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Hard to put down and get some sleep!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale on August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Peter James is the author of several very successful thrillers, two of which have been made into successful TV films. More are in production now. He was born in 1948 and educated at Charterhouse. He lives in Sussex near Lewes.

I had forgotten how refreshing it was to read a crime thriller by a British author with British people and British places. I am a little tired of reading about New York `cops' or small American towns that have no meaning to the average British reader.

Tom Brice was doing what he assumed any other law abiding citizen would do, trying to return someone's lost property to them. The CD had been left on the train seat next to his own and in attempting to return it to its rightful owner he becomes the sole witness to a vicious murder. Worse it yet to come his young family are threatened with violence of the worst kind if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder inquiry team that is headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. The police make all the right noises, but could this be the worst mistake Tom has ever made . . .
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think that this may be the last Peter James detective novel that I attempt to read. Although his work gets quite good reviews from fans, I don't find them to be my cup of tea. This is my second attempt at a Roy Grace book, and the second time that I've wound up disappointed.

It *was* reasonably entertaining. I often found the prose awkward, but that's not so unusual in detective novels. Unfortunately, I found the plot sadly predictable, and that's much more difficult for me to forgive. James is a reasonable hand at character, which is the only reason that I'm wavering on giving up on his books. Can anyone recommend a Roy Grace book by him that they really like?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hilton on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you can suspend disbelief and enjoy an entertaining yarn there is nothing wrong with this at all. It's well written, informed and right up-to-date. A gripping tale of ordinary people caught up, by chance, in a technological nightmare. Be careful of the websites you visit! Only the over-the-top ending prevented it earning 5 stars. Good fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda S. Bean VINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
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Picking up immediately after the events of _Dead Simple_, this book was a lot more thrilling. Many of the details that bogged down the first book were absent in this installment, making it a much faster-paced read. My only real complaint has not to do with the book itself, but with the rather faulty description on the back of the book. The back of the book heavily implies some actions in the book that do not happen... So, I really do NOT recommend reading that description first. It caused me to disconnect from some characters because of this description. I certainly will avoid reading any future descriptions put out by this publisher! Also, this series is very hard to find in the States, and while I would like to read the rest of the series, I fear it will be a slow process!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SDRTX on July 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Tom Bryce decided to do a good deed by trying to return a CD left by a passenger on the commuter train. The CD was unmarked so Tom decides to pop it into his computer to see if he can figure out to whom to return it. Big mistake. Now Tom and his family are in danger by a group of particularly nasty people.

This is a second novel in what seems to be a series. I didn't read the first and felt no need to. All the characters are adequately explained. The main character of Detective Superintendent is an especially intriguing and sympathetic man. Nine years earlier on his thirtieth birthday, his wife Sandy disappeared. He is just now beginning to date again. The object of his affection is the beautiful Cleo Morey who is the Chief Mortician. The scenes leading up to and including his dates with Cleo are some of my favorites in the story. I felt these were particularly strong. The plot was a rather cookie cutter with a bit more graphic violence than usual. I didn't find it particularly suspenseful or thrilling, but where the plot let me down, the characterizations more than made up for it.

3.5 Stars
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Peter James's "Looking Good Dead" is a grisly page-turner with some creative twists. Tom Bryce is a struggling British businessman who has a beautiful but troubled wife and two adorable kids. His life takes a horrendous turn when he looks at a CD that a fellow commuter accidentally leaves behind on a train. When Tom plays the disk in his computer, he is horrified to see a beautiful woman being slashed to death. This scene couldn't possibly be real, Tom hopes. Much to his dismay, he learns that not only has he witnessed a woman's murder, but that he has also inadvertently placed himself and his family in grave danger.

Thirty-eight year old Detective Superintendant Roy Grace, the Senior Investigating Officer for the Sussex CID, has a great deal on his plate. He has still not come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Sandy, who went missing nine years earlier. In addition, his job is on the line, since his superiors have not been satisfied with his performance of late. Another black mark on Grace's record is habit of visiting mediums in an effort to find out what happened to Sandy, and to give him tips that will help him solve difficult crimes. Now, he is in charge of investigating the homicide of a woman whose mutilated torso was found by a dog-walker. There are few promising leads, and as the days go by, Grace fears that the case will become impossible to break. The only bright spot in his life is his upcoming date with Cleo Morey, a Senior Pathology Technician who seems to reciprocate his interest. Grace has been intensely lonely for years, and he desperately wants a satisfying relationship with this desirable woman.

"Looking Good Dead" is an engrossing police procedural that explores a dark underworld populated by sadists and sociopaths.
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