Left You Dead
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the case of a missing woman in Brighton in Left You Dead, the seventeenth novel in Peter James’s bestselling series.
Is this Roy Grace’s most challenging case yet? A mystery that, for the first time in his career, is leaving him totally confounded.
Most Sundays, Niall and Eden Paternoster like to go for a drive and visit country houses. She likes to look at them, he likes to dream that one day . . .
However, most weeks they also end up bickering about something or other. This particular Sunday he wants to get back to catch the start of the French Grand Prix, while she insists they stop somewhere to buy cat litter. Reluctantly, he pulls into the car park of a large supermarket and waits while she dashes in.
He waits. And waits. But Eden doesn’t come back out – she’s gone. When he gets home she’s not there either, and none of their friends or family have heard from her.
A few days later, and vigorously protesting his innocence, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder. When Roy Grace is called in to investigate Eden’s disappearance, it soon transpires that nothing is originally as it seemed . . .
Peter James has penetrated the inner workings of police procedures, and the inner thoughts and attitudes of real detectives, as no English crime writer before him. His hero, Roy Grace, may not be the most lively cop, nor the most damaged by drink, weight or misery, but he’s one of the most believable
James just gets better and better and deserves the success he has achieved with this first-class series
Independent on Sunday
Meticulous research gives his prose great authenticity . . . James manages to add enough surprises and drama that by the end you’re rooting for the police and really don’t know if they will finally get their men