Pan MacMillan, this edition published Jan 2006
Reviewed by Sunnie Gill
It’s Michael Harrison’s stag night party just a few days before his
wedding to Ashley. His mates decide this is the time to get their own back
for all Michael’s practical jokes at their stag nights, so they hatch a
particularly devilish prank.
However, things go horribly wrong when his four mates are killed in a car
smash, leaving the claustrophobic Michael trapped in a place with no way
of getting out. However, one person does know where Michael is, his
business partner and best friend, Mark. But no one knows that Mark knows
and he’s not telling.
It’s up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to find out what’s happened
to Michael, who has been listed as a missing person. The case is
particularly difficult for Supt. Grace because his wife mysteriously
disappeared eight years previously and was never found. He’s never quite
given up hope of her turning up safe and sound. Grace isn’t very popular
with the powers that be in the police force because he’s not averse to
using unconventional methods in his work. When a case stalls, Grace will
willingly consult psychics and mediums.
Beware of author Peter James. He’s tricksy! The first half of DEAD SIMPLE
seems to be a fairly predictable plot. Man in jeopardy locked up. He’ll
die if he’s not rescued. Enter the hero who manages to save the day in the
nick of time. You’ve seen it numerous times in movies and TV shows, right?
Wrong! James lulls the reader into thinking they know exactly what’s going
to happen and then, Wham! The reader is hit right between the eyes with
some very clever plot twists which turn the whole thing on its head.
DEAD SIMPLE is Peter James’ first Superintendent Grace Novel. He has also
written a number of thrillers with a supernatural theme. James works in
the movie industry. He has been the Executive Producer of a number of
movies including “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” starring Robert de Niro and
“The Statement” which starred Michael Caine.
A full list of Peter James’ books and movies can be found at his website
First Published Murder and Mayhem, May, 2006
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