Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Tom Bryce does what any decent person would do. He picks up a CD left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempts to return it to its owner. But he soon becomes the sole witness to a vicious murder. His young family is threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. Supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own—including his missing wife—to contend with. And from that moment, the ...

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Overview


Tom Bryce does what any decent person would do. He picks up a CD left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempts to return it to its owner. But he soon becomes the sole witness to a vicious murder. His young family is threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. Supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own—including his missing wife—to contend with. And from that moment, the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality—and a grisly attraction. Kellie and Tom's deaths have already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead.

Looking Good Dead is another chilling page-turner in Peter James' bestselling mystery series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

British author James dreams up a horrific intersection of extreme perversion and Internet technology in his frightening, expertly constructed second Det. Supt. Roy Grace novel (after 2006's Dead Simple). London marketing exec Tom Bryce makes the mistake of popping a CD he found on the train into his computer: it logs him onto a snuff film Web site, where he watches helplessly as a beautiful woman is butchered. Soon thereafter, Grace and his partner, Det. Sgt. Glenn Branson, find the mutilated body of the victim, Janie Stretton, a law student from Brighton, whose murder reminds him of the unsolved disappearance of his wife, Sandy, nine years earlier. While the lawmen pursue elusive leads, Bryce draws the ire of the twisted criminals behind the Web site and sees his family's comfortable suburban life unravel. The rapid-fire suspense builds to a terrifying, graphic conclusion that leaves tantalizing room for future installments in the series. (Mar.)

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Library Journal
In the follow-up to James's best-selling debut, Dead Simple, a businessman going home on the train finds a CD left on the seat and, after popping it into into his computer, witnesses the savage death of a young woman. Despite warnings not to got to the police, the man reports the crime to Brighton Detective Chief Superintendent Roy Grace, with fatal consequences. At the same time Grace's major crimes team must identify the mutilated remains of a woman, whose head is missing. James's complex tale of violence, danger, and nerve-racking suspense is not for the timid. Fans of Quentin Jardine's Bob Skinner police procedurals will appreciate. James lives in London and Sussex.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Det. Supt. Roy Grace's sophomore case is just as suspenseful as his first (Dead Simple, 2006), and just as wildly improbable. Leaving the commuter train at Brighton, struggling entrepreneur Tom Bryce finds an unlabeled CD where a particularly obnoxious fellow-traveler had been sitting. He takes it home, idly boots it up and discovers in the few moments before it stops playing and begins to erase his hard drive that it's a record of the brutal murder of Janie Stretton, the law student whose mangled body has launched the Sussex CID on a frenzied investigation. In short order, Tom gets an email with a dire warning from Scarab Productions: If he tries to open the program or contact the producers or the police, he'll be killed along with his wife and children. While Tom is agonizing over what to do, Grace is having his own troubles. He's under intense pressure to solve a case with no clues; the gruesome crime details he's trying to keep secret in order to screen out crank callers are promptly splashed across the front page of the local tabloid; and his tentative advances to pathology technician Cleo Morey are thwarted by his grieving for his wife, Sandy, who disappeared without a trace nine years ago. Supported by the surprising compassion of his alcoholic, spendthrift wife, Kellie, Tom inevitably phones the authorities and then watches his life turn from a battle against recalcitrant clients and overdue bills to a battle of life and death. Because Scarab Productions makes special-interest films for a limited market, they approach the prospect of killing the Bryces as a business opportunity. Despite echoes of Thomas Harris, the closer analogue is to Jeffery Deaver's clock-racing thrillers. Andif you can't wait for Deaver's next, James delivers the goods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250016607
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Series: Roy Grace Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 79,023
  • File size: 572 KB

Meet the Author


PETER JAMES is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series with over 5 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you will feel like you are in England!

    Discovered this author recently when I heard him interviewed on NPR. I ordered books #1 and #2 of the Roy Grace series and loved both books. Well written and really like the detective and the great plots. Have ordered book #3 and hope that #4 and #5 will soon be available in Nook Books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Suspenseful and harrowing

    Believable protagonist is a self-made businessman caught in traps of his own making at home and at work when he makes a fateful mistake by picking up an unidentified CD left behind by a fellow train passenger. Suddenly the minefields of his marriage and his company are as nothing when he is caught in a ghastly and murderous spiderweb. As the plot unfolds the book gets harder to put down. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Might give the author another try, but this book was just okay

    Just an "ok" book. Definitely not as good as the first book in the series. Quite a slow start and finally picked up half way through. After that I was ready for it to be over.... It almost seems like the author, Peter James, is great or has great potential, and the story line of this book is what made it just ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Taro

    Wait. Ur not grost out by having se.x with a 14 year old

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Love this author

    If you love mysteries then start this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Looking Good Dead

    This book was suspenseful and well written. I enjoyed getting to know the characters who seemed very real.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Terrific!

    I had to get the rest of the series. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    They pull out notebooks and start making notes.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Good book

    I am enjoying this series; James is a good writer and knows how to draw out the suspense. Creepy plot and entertaining characters make for a good read. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series, and hopefully finding out what happened to Grace's wife nine years ago.
    i would also recommend: Ruth Rendell, Barabara Vine, Minette Walters, Lee Child and Sue Grafton.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    overblown young adult fiction

    Peter James writes like a man who never saw a detail he couldn't expound on. The book is padded out with dull, repititious and unintersting descriptions of every coat, hair style and neck scarve worn by any of the two dimensional characters who populate the book. All the bad guys wear metaphorical black hats, all the good guys are Dudley Doright characters and the victims are hapless and self-absorbed. Unless your 15 and desperate for a book to read do not waste your time or money on this writer.

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