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Not Dead Enough Paperback – November 22, 2007

4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
Book 3 of 11 in the Roy Grace Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330446126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330446129
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A "time billionaire" leads Chief Inspector Roy Grace on a new chase around Brighton, the coastal city south of London that is rapidly replacing Oxford as the ideal crime scene. Grace is between wives; that is to say, he is almost over the disappearance nine years earlier of his wife Sandy and is not quite engaged to sexy Cleo, the doctor he met over a corpse in her morgue. His bachelor pad has been invaded by his more fashionable sidekick, Glenn Branson ("six foot two inches tall, black, and bald as a meteorite"), whose wife has booted him out. Katie Bishop, a society wife, is found murdered and her husband Brian naturally becomes the primary suspect. When Brian's girlfriend also is found strangled -- wearing the same weird accessory -- the detectives try to pin down his movements the nights of the crimes. It is not as easy as it looks, however, and the anxiety to solve the crimes mounts when a third female body turns out to be someone who was on the force. In the middle of all this, Roy hears from friends that they think they have spotted Sandy in Germany. Then Cleo becomes a target and he has to examine his priorities.

This series is extremely engaging; Roy Grace is an evolving hero with much on his mind. I read this novel out of order, so was more aware of its stand-alone qualities. Here it is critical that the point of view switches very often, including three unsavory characters who haunt the streets, each one having the hallmarks of a villain. It is an especially nail-biting read, but has some literary moments, such as one where windshield wipers "clopped the dew from the screen" and another when Brian, feeling beleagured, sees outside his house a "mediagenic newscaster with perfect hair and great teeth.
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Like many readers, I first knew Peter James from his horror novels. I have been reading these Roy Grace detective novels with some interest, although I have to say that I still find myself missing something in his work.

Not Dead Enough spins a tale about a man who is a seemingly obvious murder suspect, if it only were not for the fact that it required him to to be in two places at the same time. The themes of the day are obsession and revenge. It kept me reading, I will give it that much. I do have to say that had I not been on an airplane, the overly complicated plot would most likely have struck me as rather tiresome.

The quality of the writing is good, and I like Roy Grace as a character. I plan to give James the benefit of the doubt and see if I can find something in the series than I like better than Not Dead Enough.

Not bad though, as airplane reading.
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A first for me...as I knew who the killer was with just over 200 pages still left to read!! - there are 610 pages altogether but I have to admit a sunny weekend in the garden and I raced through it.

Having read the others in the Roy Grace series I felt safe in the knowledge that I'd get an interesting thriller with good characterisation and this didn't disappoint. Although there are quite a few characters and several storyline threads, they just add to the realism of the story.

My only negative comment would be that I wish Grace's missing wife would turn up dead so he (and we!) can have some closure and he can move on relationship wise. That said I do think his feelings have been well written and have helped me as the reader, form a rounded picture of his character in my mind.

Looking forward to the next.
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Peter James' hero, Roy Grace, acts as like a football coach dispatching his assisting police officers to undertake the various investigative, technological and scientific tasks to solve the brutal slaying of a wealthy woman in Brighton. The cops meet each evening to review the day's work ratcheting up the revelations like a wrench turning and turning as the intensity of the storyline moves closer to the end. Grace puts on his helmet at the end to finish off the solution in a most energized way. To humanize Grace, the author burdens him with the anguishing search for his wife (gone missing for nine years), his new love who is threatened by the crazed murderer at the end and the recurring marriage problems of his best friend and fellow cop. James excels in descriptions of action scenes and dialogue and bringing this thriller to a satisfying ending.
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I have just discovered Peter James after reading Not Dead Yet (#8) and am now working my way through all of them in order. This one is a real page turner and a thoroughly good read. I know Brighton quite well so it adds to the mental picture of the story. The running theme of Grace's missing wife has been slightly ruined as the answer appears in Not Dead Yet, however it is a great device to have as a trail through each of the books. I am reading these so quickly I am dreading getting to (#7) and there being no more - yet.

Peter James is up there with Reginald Hill and better than Peter Robinson, whose books I also like, but his book pricing is now putting me off buying any more of his.

It would be so helpful if an author's books could be listed in Amazon in the order that they were written, not jut the Kindle publishing date. It certainly helps if there is a series. I am actually thinking of buying the remainder ofPeter Jame's books in paper back so that I can share them with friends who are also avid British crime story readers. Unfortunately Kindle does not allow you to share them, so it is back to paper back from the book shops so that I can keep the series and share them around.
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