Perfect People

Peter James

2012 Nominee

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize

2012 Nominee

National Book Awards Crime Book of the Year

26 May 2022
592 pages


Perfect People is a compelling and thought-provoking thriller from bestselling author Peter James.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare . . .

John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are very high.

Then they hear about geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease – even if his methods cost more than they can afford. But surely a healthy child is worth all the money in the world?

His clinic is where their nightmare begins.

They should have realized that something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Is this what they really wanted? Now it’s too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant, and already she knows something is very wrong. . .

Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business
Another stonking story from the master of the craft
The king of crime is now a miracle worker