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Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781447262480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 01/08/2014
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Crime & mystery
  • Imprint: Pan
  • Pages: 400
  • Price: $17.99

The first book in the multi-million-copy Roy Grace series by #1 bestselling writer Peter James, winner of the 2016 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger prize.

"Ingenious plotting, high suspense and tight writing" Daily Mail

It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain - more than anyone realizes. For one man's disaster is another man's fortune...

Dead simple...

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"A terrific tale of greed, seduction and betrayal" Daily Telegraph

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"A terrific tale of greed, seduction and betrayal" Daily Telegraph

"A page-turner of a book with some terrifying twists . . . a very satisfying read" George Baker, Inspector Wexford

"A brilliant idea, superbly crafted. A terrific page-turner" James Herbert

Author Information

Peter James is a multi-No. 1 bestselling author. His books have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide and been translated into 35 languages. 2014 marks 10 years of the famous Brighton detective, Roy Grace. Peter James studied at Charterhouse and then film school, and worked in North America as a film producer and scriptwriter. In 2014, Roy Grace will appear on stage for the first time, with a play of "The Perfect Murder" touring UK theatres. Former Chair of the Crime Writers Association, James has also collaborated with writer Ian Rankin on a short story "In the Nick of Time", which brings together Roy Grace and Ian Rankin's DI Rebus. Connect with Peter James through www.peterjames.com, on Twitter @peterjamesuk, or www.facebook.com/peterjames.roygrace

Peter James is one of the UK's most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over one and a half million in the UK alone and five million worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 33 languages. He has developed a close working relationship with the Sussex Police over many years, spending an average of one day a week with them and his writing reveals a unique insight into the reality of modern day police work. He has also carried out extensive research with police in Moscow, Munich, Paris, Melbourne, Sweden, New York and Romania, as well as attending international police conferences to ensure he is at the cutting edge of investigative police work. Peter, an established film producer and script writer, has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community.


Peter is now a member of the Sussex Police Rape Prevention Team and writing and producing a video for them for schools and YouTube that will warn teenage girls of the potential date rape situations they could find themselves in. He did a lot of research with Lifecentre - for further information on Lifecentre visit their website at www.lifecentre.uk.com


Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and on the South Downs near Lewes in Sussex.