Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace Series #9) [NOOK Book]


In Dead Man's Time, the latest from international bestselling author Peter James, Roy Grace finds himself up against that most dangerous of all adversaries—a man with fury in his heart who has nothing to lose.

New York, 1922.  Five-year-old Gavin Daly and his seven-year-old sister, Aileen, are boarding the SS Mauretania to Dublin—and safety. Their mother has been shot and their Irish mobster father ...

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In Dead Man's Time, the latest from international bestselling author Peter James, Roy Grace finds himself up against that most dangerous of all adversaries—a man with fury in his heart who has nothing to lose.

New York, 1922.  Five-year-old Gavin Daly and his seven-year-old sister, Aileen, are boarding the SS Mauretania to Dublin—and safety. Their mother has been shot and their Irish mobster father abducted. Suddenly, a messenger hands Gavin a piece of paper on which are written four names and eleven numbers, a cryptic message that will haunt him all his life, and his father's pocket watch.  As the ship sails, Gavin watches Manhattan fade into the dusk and makes a promise, that one day he will return and find his father.

Brighton, 2012.  Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates a savage burglary in Brighton, in which an old lady is murdered and £10m of antiques have been taken, including a rare vintage watch.  To Grace’s surprise, the antiques are unimportant to her family—it is the watch they want back.  As his investigation probes deeper, he realizes he has kicked over a hornets nest of new and ancient hatreds.  At its heart is one man, Gavin Daly, the dead woman’s ninety-five-year-old brother.  He has a score to settle and a promise to keep—both of which lead to a murderous trail linking the antiques world of Brighton, the crime fraternity of Spain’s Marbella, and New York.

Roy Grace, in a race against the clock to stop another killing, has met his most dangerous adversary yet.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Brighton's DS Roy Grace's hackles go up immediately when an elderly woman, Aileen, is killed in her home. All signs point to a high-end antiques robbery. But the victim's brother, Gavin Daly, a robust nonagenarian himself, is furious about Aileen's death and starts pulling multiple strings (legal and otherwise) to track the killers. A rare and valuable watch once owned by their Irish mobster father is at the crux of the crime. Tragically, he was abducted from their New York City apartment back in 1922, and Gavin has devoted his long life to learning his father's fate. Toss in a global black-market antiques trade, long-simmering Irish mafia tensions, and a dash of Spanish crime bosses, and expect thriller salad. Meanwhile, should Roy get too complacent about his personal happiness, there are a couple of people eager to destroy him, too. VERDICT Few authors can dish out thrills and suspense as readily as James, and his ninth DS Roy Grace procedural (after Not Dead Yet) is heady proof. His characters may be one-dimensional, but nonstop action is the reader's reward in this fast-paced potboiler of a read that is perfect for Gangs of New York fans.
Publishers Weekly
In James’s absorbing ninth crime novel featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace (after 2012’s Not Dead Yet), Grace investigates the torture murder of 98-year-old Aileen McWhirter and the theft of £10 million in valuable antiques, including a rare 1910 Patek Philippe watch, from her Brighton home. Despite the watch’s high monetary value, it’s the sentimental value that makes 95-year-old Gavin Daly, Aileen’s brother, desperate to recover it, avenge his sister, and discover the fate of his father, who was kidnapped in New York City in 1922 and never seen again. While the police pursue various angles, Gavin’s reckless son, Lucas Daly, takes direct, violent action. In two meaty subplots, ex-con Amis Smallbone plots terrible vengeance on Grace via his lover, Cleo Morey, and their infant son, Noah; and Grace’s ex-wife, Sandy, plans surprises almost equally terrible. The crisp action, which shifts from Sussex to Spain’s Costa del Sol and New York, includes several well-concealed closing twists. Agent: Carole Blake, Blake Friedmann Literary. (Oct.)
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Praise for Dead Man's Time:


"Few authors can dish out thrills and suspense as readily as James, and his ninth DS Roy Grace procedural is heady proof. Nonstop action . . . perfect for Gangs of New York fans." —Library Journal

"Increasingly deserves to be measured against the best in the genre." —Kirkus

"All wittily told." —RT Book Reviews 'Top Pick!'


"Tightly-plotted and historically accurate, Dead Man's Time is a wild ride through past and present." —


Praise for Not Dead Yet:


"James really knows how to plot a procedural thriller, and he enjoys a sly joke." —The New York Times Book Review

"James writes his books in crisp, short chapters that hop in and out of myriad characters' minds . . . Convuluted plots and wildly inventive homicidal setups in rich supply." —Houston Chronicle


"James continues to impress with his great imagination, conjuring up grisly murders and improbable crime scenes." —RT Book Reviews


"A finish you'll never see coming . . . Recommended." —Midwest Book Review

Kirkus Reviews
A series of murders with century-old roots provides Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, of the Brighton and Hove Response Team, with another full plate. On a dark night in Brooklyn 90 years ago, four members of the White Hand Gang, armed with baseball bats, hustled stevedore Brendan Daly out of his house after killing his wife, Sheenagh. The men left Daly's son, Gavin, and his daughter, Aileen, alive, a Patek Philippe pocket watch their only legacy, wondering where their father disappeared to. Many years later, Aileen, now 98, is viciously attacked by home invaders who strip her Brighton home to the floorboards. Gavin, still formidable at 95, tells Grace that he doesn't care about the millions of pounds worth of antiques the thieves made off with; he only wants that watch back. What Gavin really wants, of course, is information about his father, but Grace can't help him there. In fact, all he can do, it seems, is watch while a series of fences and thugs are killed in the crossfire among Gavin; his estranged son, Lucas, with whom he's seriously at odds; Lucas' enormous Albanian henchman Augustine Krasniki, aka the Apologist; and yachtsman/gangster Eamonn Pollock. As the pot boils furiously, Grace's domestic life is equally fraught. While he's waiting for his wife, Sandy, who vanished 10 years ago, to be declared dead so that he can marry his live-in lover, Cleo Morey, and give her baby boy, Noah, a proper dad, Sandy is plotting her return from foreign parts. And Amis Smallbone, the longtime home invader who emerged from prison in Not Dead Yet (2012), is cackling to himself as he plots condign revenge against Grace. The surprises are few but genuine, the police procedure appropriately grueling, and the back story jumbled but heartfelt. Middling for this strong, starchy series, which increasingly deserves to be measured against the best in the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250030191
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Roy Grace Series , #9
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 58,745
  • File size: 556 KB

Meet the Author

PETER JAMES is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series with more than 13 million copies sold all over the world. His novels have been translated into thirty-five languages; three have been filmed and two are currently in development. All of his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research. He lives in England.
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  • Posted November 3, 2013

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    In the beginning we are introduced to Gavin Daly, a five-year-ol

    In the beginning we are introduced to Gavin Daly, a five-year-old boy sleeping in his parents’ Brooklyn apartment when some men enter, shoot and kill his mother, and abduct his father, after which Daly and his sister are taken to the British Isles by their aunt. The tale opens ninety years after these acts took place in this latest D.S. Roy Grace procedural in Brighton, England. Now violence again occurs when the 92-year-old sister’s home is invaded, she is killed, about 2 million pounds worth of antiques are stolen, and, more importantly, a valuable watch, practically the only remembrance of their father, is removed from a secret compartment in her safe.

    Daly tells Roy he cares less about the antiques, but he wants the watch back. Thus begins an extensive investigation by Roy and his team, paralleled by one conducted by Daly and his son, Lucas. It leads to some intriguing developments, as the perpetrators turn up either murdered or beaten. Two incidental themes intertwine the plot: Roy is now married to his present love, Cleo, after his ex-wife’s disappearance more than ten years earlier, and they have a new baby boy, but the fate of his ex remains a conundrum; and a particularly nasty man Roy had sent to a long term in prison is released, vowing to take revenge.

    Written in a lively manner in the author’s trademark short chapters, the story moves back and forth between and among the characters, which are thoroughly developed. The plot is clever, and once again, Brighton provides an appealing backdrop to the story, supplemented by the streets of New York City, which sets the stage for both the beginning and end of the book.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Love the story

    However abit disappointed with the backstory of Roy Grace . Thought there would be more development with his wife sandy . However the front story was excellent and breezed through with eager anticipation. Hopefully next book will be out soon as i am hooked on this series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    A great read

    The Roy Grace series is one of the best. The way the charactors and locations are intertwined make this series a realistic feel.

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    Posted October 30, 2013

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