Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace Series #8)

Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace Series #8)

by Peter James
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Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace Series #8) by Peter James

For L.A. producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city's greatest love story—between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert—is incalculable. For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447272625
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 10/09/2014
Series: Roy Grace Series , #8
Edition description: New
Pages: 442
Sales rank: 581,578
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Peter James is a New York Times-bestselling writer of crime fiction. His novels, which include the bestselling Roy Grace series, have been translated into 36 languages, with worldwide sales of 17 million copies. He is Overseas Vice-President of International Thriller Writers in the U.S., and served two terms as chairperson of the UK Crime Writers Association.

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Not Dead Yet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This is a tale of obsession, in all its infinite variety and manifestations, some more lethal than others but mostly just a matter of degree, with neither gender being excluded from its clutches. There are enough seriously disturbed characters here to populate several novels, in a few different story lines. The main plot deals with the discovery of an unidentifiable body whose headless, armless and legless torso is discovered on a chicken farm in East Sussex. As if that isn’t enough, the area is faced with an at once wonderful and problematic event: a major American superstar [think Lady Gaga, in fact the fictional counterpart is named Gaia] is about to arrive from Los Angeles, with her entourage and film crew, to Brighton, England, the city where she was born, to star in a film which will chronicle the love affair between King George the Fourth and his mistress Maria Fitzherbert. Needless to say, her hordes of obsessed fans converge on the city as well. A second story line revolves around another obsessive, the target of this one none other than DS Roy Grace, in charge of the Major Crime Branch of Sussex CID. But a resolution, if any, of that one awaits a successive novel, I suspect. The personal lives of Grace and of Glenn Branson, to whom Grace is a mentor, get a lot of the focus in this, the eighth series entry, as Grace’s fiancée, Cleo, is in her last month of pregnancy, and Branson, who has become a “long-stay lodger” in Grace’s house since the latter moved in with Cleo, is facing child custody problems in the aftermath of his now-dead “marriage-from-hell.” Cavil: It bothered me when, as happened frequently, the p.o.v. jumped around, sometimes without identifying the person from whose point of view the chapter was being told. I assume this was intentional, but it was somewhat disconcerting. As well, I felt that perhaps the first two-thirds of the book was somewhat bloated and repetitive, causing this reader’s attention to wander, a first for any of this author’s books. No wandering attention in the approximately last third of the book, I hasten to add, when the plot lines start to come together with more than one climactic scene, with a finish you’ll never see coming. All in all, it is recommended.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Right before megastar Gaia travels to England for a big movie role, her look-alike assistant is murdered outside Gaia's gate. Once she's in England the police are assigned to protect her, which should be normally a formality, but it seems that someone IS out to kill her. Detective Roy Grace heads up the team, and tries to keep Gaia safe while tracking down suspects—is it the guy who thinks his actress girlfriend should have gotten Gaia's role in the film? Or maybe it's the obsessed woman who collects Gaia memorabilia and calls herself Gaia's Number One Fan? What about the guy who believes that HE had the idea for the movie first and it has been stolen from him? And what about the reporter who seems to have a snitch in the department—he keeps publishing articles with information that the police want to keep close to the vest. The plot was clever, the characters were engaging, and the end was really exciting—I found myself reading faster and faster to find out what happened! Very pleased to find out that this is a series, and plan to read the rest as soon as possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New role play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many characters. Too much detail. Reads like a police manual and a tour guide to brighton england. Relationships that have nothing to do with the plot. The last 6 chapters were not relavent to the plot. This book could have been written in 300 pages.
dpaynemusiclady More than 1 year ago
These books in Peter James Roy Grace series just keep getting better and better. I am constantly surprised with added twists to the storyline that are an ongoing developing plot in all the books in the series.
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ZaBeth More than 1 year ago
This is my first Peter James novel. Usually I would feel lost if I started with the eighth book in a series, but James was able to get me up to speed on Roy Grace and his team of police men and women that I never felt like I walking into the middle of the story. James’ novel has so many interesting story lines that you start peeling them away one-by-one looking for the connection long before James is ready to give you answers. Clearly James knows how to work the tension machine and I found myself staying up late several nights because I just had to finish one more chapter – which would turn into another hundred pages. In Not Dead Yet, Grace has his hands full protecting a Lady Gaga-like rock star turned actress who is filming a movie at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton as well as investigating a murder of an Unknown Berwick male at a chicken farm. While Grace is trying to sell the house he lived in with his first wife who disappeared ten years ago and who Grace is working to have legally declared dead, he is also awaiting the birth of his child with his soon-to-be second wife Cleo. Grace is so happy with his home life except that someone is leaving them threatening messages. While the mystery story is captivating and the crime thrilling, Not Dead Yet is a UK police novel. I struggled not knowing the lingo for all the police divisions at first. However I was so very pleased when James responded almost immediately to a Twitter post and supplied me with a wonderful site that enabled me to look up all the police acronyms found in his book. James replied that he might have to put a glossary in his next book. I might also ask if he could put a police directory in his books as well. It became very clear to me from reading the acknowledgements that James has done his homework with police procedures. Operation Icon required about thirty plus police officers and consultants by my rough estimate. James did a good job to describe how a good number of these officers contribute to solving a murder case. But as a reader, I found it difficult to remember all the experts and officers who basically had a walk-on into a scene and might never be heard from again for fifty or a hundred pages. I thought to myself, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a city to find a murderer. I’m the type that likes to have the phone book handy to so I can look up what someone’s role is in an instant.  (Or maybe I’m just not that experienced with police dramas and I need to learn more about who does what.) What I do know is that I’m hooked on Roy Grace.  I might have started on the eighth book but I’ll be getting the first book and keeping up with this series.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
When it comes to crime novels, there’s not much I like more than a British police procedural and the Roy James series is among the more accessible, meaning easy to read and absorb. I’m glad to say that Not Dead Yet is a welcome successor to the previous books even though I found it just a little too long. Having to protect a visiting American celebrity, Gaia, is bad enough but Detective Superintendant Roy Grace soon finds that this is not just a babysitting job when it becomes obvious that a lot of people hate this woman, perhaps enough to do her real harm. While that’s going on, a torso found in East Sussex proves to be difficult to identify without any of the usual methods involving fingerprints, facial reconstruction and so forth and, when they finally do identify the victim, the possible connection to Gaia is alarming. Meanwhile, at home, Roy and his fiancee, Cleo, are expecting a baby at any moment and Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson has his own troubles with a problematic marriage but may finally have his shot at being lead inspector. The numerous story arcs and characters occasionally become a little overwhelming but Mr. James neatly entwines them to make a coherent and engaging tale full of distractions and puzzles; all the twists and turns kept me turning pages long into the night. By this point in the series, I’m emotionally invested in Roy and the people in his life—although I find Cleo a bit boring and I’m tired of ex-wife Sandy—and Not Dead Yet makes me even more eager to continue with the next book, Dead Man’s Time.
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