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Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1)

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by Peter James
     
 

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If there is one place Michael Harrison never expected to die, it's in his own grave.

When Michael Harrison's four best friends leave him buried alive on the night of his bachelor party, it seems like the perfect payback for his own bachelor party pranks. But moments later the four are killed in a car crash, and suddenly their harmless joke is no laughing matter.

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If there is one place Michael Harrison never expected to die, it's in his own grave.

When Michael Harrison's four best friends leave him buried alive on the night of his bachelor party, it seems like the perfect payback for his own bachelor party pranks. But moments later the four are killed in a car crash, and suddenly their harmless joke is no laughing matter. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author James's far-fetched but terrifying thriller is the first of a new series featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace. Michael Harrison, a successful real estate developer with a penchant for practical jokes, gets a horrible taste of his own medicine. As a prank, four of his friends bury Michael alive in a coffin equipped with a breathing tube and a bottle of whiskey and leave him, ostensibly for a couple of hours. But when their van crashes head-on into a truck and three of them are killed (the fourth dies later "in hospital"), Michael is trapped. His cell phone doesn't work, but he does have a two-way radio whose companion is in the hands of Davey, a mentally challenged young man who finds the phone near the scene of the accident. Grace, a detective with a taste for the supernatural (he uses mediums to help him solve crimes), gets on the case and discovers just how devious Michael's friends have been. The "buried alive" trope is undeniably powerful, and Grace shows promise as a hero-but the crime and the plot surrounding Michael's plight are just too cumbersome and transparent to really engage the reader. Agent, Carol Blake at Blake Friedman. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Call it a bachelor party gone wrong. What was to have been a pub crawl through Sussex ends with the prospective bridegroom buried in a coffin, equipped only with a breathing tube, a flashlight, a bottle of Scotch, a porn magazine, and a walkie-talkie. When the four perpetrators of this unusual prank are killed in an auto accident, the groom's future looks bleak. Then the coffin is found-empty. Has the groom managed to pull a Houdini? Assigned to the case is Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who, still smarting from his wife's disappearance nine years earlier, is given to a belief in psychic phenomena when he isn't trolling the net for the new Ms. Right. Equal parts Stephen King, Ian Rankin, and Robert Harris, this first volume of a projected series of police procedurals by British crime writer James affords as smooth and efficient a ride as a Jaguar would along a twisty English lane. With a major media campaign planned, this should be a safe purchase for all public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A bachelor-party prank turns lethal in this gripping, overextended page-turner from veteran James (Ancient Mysteries, 1999, etc.). Michael Harrison has always come up with inventive, malicious tricks to play on old friends who are about to be married. So a few days before Michael's supposed to tie the knot himself with his stunning ex-secretary Ashley Harper, five old mates ply him with liquor, lock him in a borrowed coffin and bury him with only a breathing tube, a flashlight, a walkie-talkie, a bottle of Scotch and a skin magazine for company. Their plan to dig him up in two hours goes smash when a car accident sends one of them to the hospital in a coma and the other four to the morgue in body bags. What will become of Michael now? The good news is that the walkie-talkie his pals left near his gravesite is almost immediately discovered by a passerby; the bad news is that the finder is simple-minded Davey Wheeler, an encephalitis victim whose six-year-old mentality can't grasp what the voice he's hearing is begging him to do. Ashley's distraught calls to the Sussex Police Force eventually get Det. Supt. Roy Grace, who's evidently being groomed for a series, on the case. But for every bona-fide clue as to the whereabouts of the successful developer, Grace has to wade through lots of revelations that give him a bad feeling-the Cayman Islands account Michael shared with his partner Mark Warren, the false notes Grace picks up at the aborted wedding-that don't seem to get him any closer to the truth. Then James, perhaps impatient with cranking up the suspense a millimeter at a time, tosses in several shocks that send his far-fetched nail-biter spiraling into the realm of the incredible.Three-quarters of a great suspenser that doesn't know when to quit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250063854
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
Roy Grace Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
310,438
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

PETER JAMES is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series with over 15 million copies sold all over the world. His novels have been translated into thirty-three languages and three have been filmed. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes. He lives in England.

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Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
NancyT More than 1 year ago
I love to read mysteries and thrillers..and this was one thriller that stood out over the rest. Great characters, great story with plenty of twists and turns...and you won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a really great book. Once I started reading it I literally couldn't put it down. Excellent story with some surprising twists and turns. Great characters. Excellent dialogue. An absolute must. If your looking for a great thriller, look no further. Can't wait for another novel with Detective Superintendent Grace. Bloody well done Peter James. Keep up the good work.
carbs_reader More than 1 year ago
An interesting and intriquing book that will keep the reader interested in picking up the next in the series. Oops! there isn't one because it's not available through B&N. How could you give us books number 1 and number 5 in the series but forget 2-4. Come on B&N get with it. Get us interested in a great detective series and offer all the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book with an unusual twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. Enjoyable and interesting.
wildcatSP More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book!! I had to put the book down during the first couple of chapters because it made me nervous! I loved books that are unpredictable, and this one was. Recommend this one to my Nook friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are missing sements all through out the book. It will stop in the middle of a sentence at the bottom of one page, and start in the middle of another sentence at the top of the next page. No way of knowing how much you missed. The story was good enough that I just kept reading anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has a fairly unique plot twist in the first couple of chapters. Basically one last boys night out before the joker of the group walks down the marriage isle. Thos had all the makings of a great stag night. Best friends (unless you feel your best man is important) liquor, the must have beverage of the evening, and a well planned practical joke for the practical joke king. What could possibly go wrong? I found the storyline entertaining and enjoyed getting to look into the minds of the characters. The only thing I really disliked about the book was it was drawn out in places that didn't need more explanation. However I did find a twists here and there I didn't expect and I enjoyed a relaxing weekend reading the book. I will look for other titles by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention. Lots of twists and turns. First Peter James book. Will definately read another.
bambi748 More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book from 1st page. would of liked to of had more onto the ending
Kiki_Lourdes More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, no disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far one of the best reads in a long time. Kept me wondering through the night what was going to happen next and i definitely lost sleep wanting to keep reading. Real page turner and keeps you interested. I even gasped at some parts. I definitely recommend if you like murder mysteries and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, kept me reading. However many words mispelled all through the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly good mystery, liked the characters and would probably read another book in this series. Not a lite mystery, but a little more intense.
R_Jay More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and surprised myself by reading it all in only 3 days. The plot moved along nicely and there were only a few places where you knew what was going to happen next. The characters are developed enough to make them believable but not enough to bore you to tears. And there is a moral - don't be a prankster when your friends are drunks and hold a grudge :) Oh - and be sure to do a background check on your fiancee! I definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next one by Peter James.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and hated when it came to the end. There are a lot of plot twists and turns and the characters are very believable. Excellent mystery and very thought provoking. It's like 'Fatal Attraction' for the 21st century. Don't pass this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please give Peter James a try
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Although favorably reviewed, Dead Simple was just that, simple. The main character is interesting enough to carry a story or two, however here he didn't do much. There wasn't much mystery or intrigue and the plot twists were visible a mile away. Until the ending I thought I might try the next book but there just isn't enough to move forward with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. Great storyline, had lots of twists and turns. The only odd thing is that the author is from England so it is set there and some of the police acronyms I didn't really know - but it was still cool to read a book set in another country. The plot was great, and I have decided that I will read more of this series. It also has lots of chapters so it is fast reading and you don't feel bogged down with a long chapter. Highly recommend.