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"Abby stepped in the lift and the doors closed with a sound like a shovel smoothing gravel. She breathed in the smell of someone else's perfum, and lemon-scented cleaning fluid. The lift jerked upwards a few inches. And now, too late to change her mind and get out, with the metal walls pressing in around her, they lunged sharply downwards. Abby was about to realize she had"Abby stepped in the lift and the doors closed with a sound like a shovel smoothing gravel. She breathed in the smell of someone else's perfum, and lemon-scented cleaning fluid. The lift jerked upwards a few inches. And now, too late to change her mind and get out, with the metal walls pressing in around her, they lunged sharply downwards. Abby was about to realize she had just made the worst mistake of her life . . . "Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifetime, to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later, the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton, leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton.'One of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters' " Daily Mail"...

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ISBN : 9780330446136
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Number of Pages : 581 Pages
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Dead Man's Footsteps Reviews

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-05-08 20:02

    I somehow got this book out of order in my series reading list. But no problem, I loved it anyway. In fact I think it is the best of the series so far. It is one of those books that I stayed up all night to read. Highly recommended.

  • Liz
    2019-05-07 17:25

    Gotta say, I’ve enjoyed this series up until now but I’m not so sure anymore. There are things going on with the writing in this book that I don’t think I can get past. Pros and Cons below. Pros1) Fairly solid in terms of mystery and the pacing, although slightly more predictable than previous books. 2) A very thoughtful and what I can only assume to be accurate (I was not in NYC that day) description of September 11th and the absolute horror and tragedy of the day. Respectful portrayal of victims, NYPD and FDNY.Cons(are you ready??)1) For the love of god Mr. James, stop using entire paragraphs to describe women's looks. When a woman is terrified because her sick mother has been kidnapped for ransom, I can assure you that WE DO NOT CARE that “despite her face being drained and all scrunched up in misery, she was an extremely good-looking young woman.”This, followed by four more sentences to describe those looks in detail, followed by another paragraph describing her clothing. And yes, her sick, elderly mother has just been taken by a crazy dude who is threatening to murder her. I can assure you, this is not the only example - nearly every female character is treated to this assessment. Oh, and the 80s called. They want the term “leggy” back. 2) Fuck sake, when a woman smiles at you it doesn’t mean she wants to have sex with you. Nor is she using her special female sexy power to try to manipulate you. Specific examples of this include but are not limited to:Detective Branson with a female witness: “And she had real come-to-bed eyes. Which he caught twice in fast succession and then did his best to ignore…” Oof. Tough sitch. Trying to ignore those come-to-bed eyes. I get it.Detective Pewe in his female boss’s office:“Then she looked at him and smiled. A long, almost come-on smile. Instantly, he melted.” Aw. Feels! Like I’m gonna throw up. Are you sensing a theme here? 'Kay, one more.3) General skeeviness. On two separate occasions, the same said female boss has male detectives (who are direct reports) in her office and they BOTH fantasize about getting it on with her. On the desk, in one case. Cue the bow-chicka-wakka-chicka music, it's that bad. Clearly she has used her come-on smile too effectively. Detective Pewe even had trouble taming his erection, poor guy! Although after this review it may seem like it, I’m not usually a stickler on this subject. In fact I’m pretty sure it was in the earlier books too, just to a lesser degree. But this one… it was so laden with out-dated, crudely sexist terminology that I don’t even know why I read to the end. Even the cliffhanger won't be enough to bring me back!

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-04 23:26

    Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace #4) 9780330545983 December gift from Carey - thanks, you wonderful woman, you.Dedication: To Dave GaylorSome of this story takes place on the dayssurrounding the terrible events of 9/11.With deepest respect to the victimsand all who lost loved ones.Opening: If Ronnie Wilson had known, as he woke up, that in just a couple of hours he would be dead, he would have planned his day somewhat differently.•What's with the name Cassian Pewe - strange choice, yet one feels the author is taking liberties with an actual person.•The Sandy storyline is dragging; taking more of a grip of Grace's thoughts and can only be justified if a closure is in the pipeline.4* Dead Simple (Roy Grace #1) 4* Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace #2) 4* Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace #3) 4* Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace #4) TR Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace #5)

  • Nerys Roberts
    2019-04-28 16:16

    A woman in hiding, a body in a storm drain, a man believed to have died in the 9/11 disaster and a body found in a submerged car in Australia. Peter James weaves all these stories together to create a fantastic read. The Roy Grace series just gets better and better, Looking forward to reading the next one.

  • Toni Osborne
    2019-05-01 17:29

    Book 4, in the Roy Grace seriesIt has been a long time between books and I had forgotten how a master Mr. James is at juggling plot threads, this time he treats us with four different events.This blend of fiction and myth skilfully uses the chaos and tragedy of 9/11 is its early set up and recounts how Ronnie Wilson took the opportunity to fake his own death and leave all his trouble behind to rebuild a new life. On the other side of the pond, the body of a young woman is found in a storm drain in Brighton and Roy is called to investigate. The third tale is of Abby, a very careful young lady scared of making any sort of move…and last we cross to the other side of the world to Australia where a grim discovery if found in the boot of a car.These four events crisscross each other in alternate chapters while we have a protagonist dealing with the politic of his day to day life. These brilliantly complex plots tend to pussyfoot here and there but eventually everything meshes beautifully into a more tightly woven police procedural. Seasoned buffs can easily see how things develop but will be a treat for the novice. Keeping everything respectful while providing a realistic and exciting storyline is definitely not a problem with Mr. James, he does that in a skillful and expert manner. We have good dialogue, great characterization, climatic scenes and enough suspense to keep going and very well entertained.

  • Mark Harrison
    2019-05-12 00:02

    Such a good start to this book. Murders in Australia and Brighton, a man caught up in the Twin Towers and a girl relentlessly hunted by a psycho through the streets. Grace has his work cut out and has a rouge officer trying to bring him down. Rather falls away at the end by being predictable and a bit shallow. Could have been a five star but fizzled out. Shame.

  • comfort
    2019-04-26 21:29

    I just love this guy, and am a bit in love with Roy Grace as well.There is not too much about Roy and Cleo's affair in this book, though maybe the seeds of trouble ahead have been sown, which is a bit sad. Hope I am reading too much into a throw-away line.This is a long, multi-layered story starting with a scared girl caught in a lift, then jumping back to 9/11 and an Englishman caught in the very hub of the disaster. Jumping back to the present day when a skeleton is found in a tunnel- and the turmoil of Graces' thoughts that it might be his long-lost wife.The storyline does jump back and forth between the two time frames, but you don't get confused (as I have been in other books) as the chapter starts off with the era you are reading about.Into the mix we have a new DI (an evil bastard called Cassian Pugh)coming into "help" Grace with his cold case load- starting with a new investigation into the disappearance of Graces' wife Sandy- but with bad intentions towards Grace himself.Then we get another murder (in Australia) and some thieving of rare, expensive stamps.It is a bit too nicely tied up in the end, BUT with a huge surprise in the last line of the last page. HAVE to go onto the next book immediately!

  • Sandra
    2019-05-20 22:59

    I love this series! This novel is hard to describe in a few words, it's all complicated and messy in a good way. Ronnie disappears, later thought to have died in 9/11. Abby is stuck in an elevator for almost a whole day. A body is found in a drainage sewer. Another body is found in Austalia. What is the connection? This is what makes this story interesting, trying to figure out all of the possible ways that these people all connect. This story was as interesting and intriguing as the last three. I though that reading about police procedures would be kind of boring, but Peter James has the knack of making it interesting. This story also had an interesting plot that involved stamps. Who knew that they could be worth so much money! I like the fact that every character, even the good guys, are flawed. No one is perfect and no one pretends to be perfect. I look forward to reading more Roy Grace novels.

  • Tory Wagner
    2019-05-09 19:20

    Another great addition to the Roy Grace series. In this outing Roy is involved with a case that has it's antecedents in the 9/11 tragedy in NYC. There are poignant flashbacks to this event and Roy and his detectives must travel to Australia and New York City to track down the culprits of a series of thefts and murders. At the end of the story, there is a brief hint about Roy's missing wife, Sandy. Can't wait to read the next installment!

  • Carey Combe
    2019-04-25 21:06

    This series has never disappointed yet - and at least the blurb on the back didn't give the whole plot away. I am really enjoying the development of the characters, believable and it makes a nice change that the lead character has a 'normal' home life - albeit with an unexplained mystery in his past - that he isn't an alcoholic and enjoys a satisfying sex life; great story too!

  • Linda
    2019-04-24 00:19

    The next in the successful Roy Grace series, and this one returns to a similar plot style as Dead Simple.A man chooses September 11th to disappear and we follow two parallel stories from 2001 and 2007. With lots of connecting sub plots and characters and twists and turns as a good crime novel should have.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-23 18:07

    His books seem to get better and better. Loved the twist and turns in this book and the last chapter - wow !

  • Paula Dembeck
    2019-05-12 00:06

    This fourth book is another strong entry in the Roy Grace series, an installment that focuses less on Grace and his personal life and allows James an opportunity to explore the secondary characters and the supporting cast in greater depth. It is also a thick book which includes over 400 pages, but the chapters are short and the novel’s pace ensures the pages fly by quickly. James creates a carefully constructed plot from four separate storylines. The narratives evolve from different time periods and different locations but James moves seamlessly back and forth between them, keeping the reader close to the story. Initially one wonders how such disparate story lines will ever merge, and it is fun trying to guess exactly how James will accomplish it. In the first narrative, skeletal remains are discovered in a stormwater drain by a construction crew working on a new development in Brighton. Initially it is not clear if this is a murder, a suicide or a natural death. As Grace and his team collect the clues that will identify the body, they determine the skeleton is female and once more Grace is thrown into distress when further details of the remains appear to bear similarities to his long lost wife Sandy. The possibility leaves him shaken. He has tried to move on with his life after his wife disappeared nine years ago, but every time he does, something happens that brings it all back. His current girlfriend Cleo seems to be losing patience with him. She has quietly endured his disturbing nightmares and still feels uncomfortable in Grace’s home where there are so many reminders of his wife. After a long string of missed weekend dates due to Grace’s erratic work schedule, Cleo has adopted a five month old rescue puppy named Humphrey and there are hints the puppy, rather than Grace, is now the center of her affections. The second story line begins on the morning of September 11th as Ronnie Wilson, a failed businessman and a perennial loser, sets off for an important meeting on the 87th floor of the South Tower at the World Trade Center in New York. He has an appointment to present his next big idea to a potential investor, a scheme he hopes will make millions. Although he tries to look confident, he is a desperate man who knows this is his last opportunity to save himself before an avalanche of debt descends and he loses his home, his car and his wife. Readers know what happened that dreadful morning in New York and there is a sense of impending doom as Ronnie Wilson heads to the Towers. In the third storyline, readers meet Abby Dawson, a young woman living in a Brighton flat, frightened to go out and leave the safety of her refuge. She has changed her appearance and fortified her flat like a fortress, with steel reinforced doors, triple locks and double safety chains. She has a baseball bat, pepper spray and a knife always at the ready, a fugitive in hiding who only leaves the safety of her den after dark. Readers wonder why she is so fearful. All we know is that she is running from someone who wants something she has and that he will stop at nothing to get it. But we have no idea what that is. On her way out on one of her few carefully planned excursions, she finds the stairs blocked with construction material and is forced to use the lift. During her descent, the cable snaps leaving her trapped in the small box that swings precipitously from the ceiling. It sways from one side of the shaft to the other, scraping the walls while the metal cable groans and threatens to hurl her to the floor below. Searching for a way out she discovers the alarm bell is broken, there is no service on the emergency help phone and her own cell phone is out of range for service. Each time Abby moves to to pry open the doors or escape through the ceiling, the lift rocks wildly, bouncing off the walls of the shaft and threatening to crash. In the midst of this terror a text appears on Abby’s phone with a simple but terrifying message: “I know where you are”. In this particular narrative, James has masterfully created some frightening scenes in the lift, scenes each of us have at one time imagined and feared ourselves. Since it is a reality readers relate to and understand, they easily feel the terror James has created. The final storyline comes from Melbourne Australia where a long drought has lowered the water levels in many of the rivers. A young couple enjoying a holiday discover a car submerged in the river by their camp site. When the car is pulled to the shore, the police find a decomposing body in the trunk. A numbered prosthetic device provides a valuable lead as they attempt to identify the body. The narrative moves between Brighton, New York and Melbourne as clues help build the connections that will piece together the crime. At the same time, Grace must deal with recent changes at the police station. Once again we meet Cassian Pewe, who Alison Vosper transferred in and appointed as Assistant Chief Constable to Brighton and Hove CID, an appointment that encroached on the work already assigned to Grace. Although Grace has been successful in his job, he may be on the way out because of his uneasy relationship with Vosper. Pewe, an ambitious and arrogant man, tries to undermine Grace whenever the opportunity presents itself and appears to be waiting in the wings to replace him. Will Pewe, now positioned as Grace’s rival, give Alison Vosper the excuse she needs to get rid of Grace? Readers wonder about the hold Pewe has over Vosper. No one likes Pewe, so why does Vosper? Are they having an affair?Grace continues to be a likeable guy and an effective leader who recognizes the strengths of the people who make up his team. Norman Potting is a man who lacks social skills but is a solid and dependable workhorse. As the veteran of three marriages, he has recently acquired a Thai bride and is eager to regal everyone with her prowess. Nick Nicholl is a young man who has just become a father and with a new baby in the house is only clocking a few hours of sleep, arriving at work perpetually exhausted before the day has even begun. And there is Roy’s good friend Glenn Branson, the smart dresser who continues to have problems with his wife Ari and whose marriage seems headed for divorce. Finally there is Bella Moy, a tiny thing who snacks constantly on Maltesers, a young woman who lives with aging parents and whose entire life seems centered on her work. Each member of the team plays a part in solving the crime so we get to know each of them better.One of the strengths of this book is the author’s description of the horror and confusion during and after the fall of the Twin Towers. James uses the chaos and tragedy of Ground Zero as a backdrop for Ronnie Wilson’s very clever plan to fake his own death and reinvent himself. For many readers those chapters take them back to a time when they were glued to television sets, shocked and horrified at what they were seeing. The novel provides an account from another point of view, a man immersed in the thick dust, confusion, flying masonry and glass. Wilson moves erratically, lost in the midst of people pummeling one another to get away from the collapsing buildings. He sees people in shirtsleeves hurling themselves through the sky to the ground, their bodies exploding on impact. He sees bloody body parts on the ground and people emerging from the rubble like snowmen covered in grey soot. He smells diesel fuel and burning rubber, unable to comprehend or process what he sees or what it all means. James must be commended for the amount of research he completed to provide such an accurate picture of the city before, during and after the Towers fell. His sensitive handling of this time in American history is well done, allowing readers to get a harrowing sense of the destruction, the horror and the confusion.With the disappearance of Grace’s wife Sandy continuing to play a part in the ongoing story one wonders if she will show up some time in future novels. Otherwise the ongoing story line will soon become a regrettable distraction. The absence of mediums and psychics in this outing was a welcome relief. Grace believes in them (as does the author Peter James) and has used them both in his investigative work and in his search for his long lost wife. I have little patience for them; they do not fit easily with the investigative work of police which is all about evidence and proof.Once the four storylines begin to unfold, readers gradually pick up the clues that tie them together and it becomes obvious how they all connect. But James always keeps the pace moving, making it an enjoyable ride and leaving a dangling hook to lead readers to the next installment in the series.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-04-29 23:01

    British con man Ronnie Wilson is in New York for a critical meeting at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. As the towers collapse, his shock turns to fury. How could this be happening to him on the day his ship was finally going to come in? As he gets drunk and rages a moment of inspiration occurs to him. Moving forward to 2007 Abby Dawson is in the final stages of a plan that will set her up for the rest of her life when she gets stuck in her apartment elevator. The next few hours will turn into a nightmare for her. Across town Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called out to investigate the discovery of a woman's body stuck in a storm drain. As he begins the investigation of a two-year-old corpse, Grace has no idea he is embarking on a case that will span three continents. The story, set in 2007, flashes back regularly to 2001 and the 9/11 tragedy which is critical to the events happening in 2007. I really enjoy the DS Roy Grace series and the fascinating side characters he interacts with. He's a bit different than some of the other detectives in similar series. His wife, Sandy, disappeared without a trace nine years ago and, even though he's involved with the woman of his dreams he can't seem to let Sandy go. I know she's the 1Chook 1D to the series but I wish he would realize she's probably not worth his devotion. I've read the first four books in order and I think that's helpful for the furtherance of the missing wife plot as well as multi-character development. I'm on my way to find Book #5, Dead Tomorrow. That last two words in this book are somewhat of a cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what's next.

  • BookScout
    2019-05-04 18:15

    Never having read any of the Grace novels before I picked this up and began reading it even though it is the fourth of a series. I was seriously hooked from the beginning, and the narrative was pacey and thrilling enough to keep me hooked right to the final gobsmacking sentence.Even though we knew who was reponsible for the murders before the conclusion, the excitement of the chase and watching the plot unfold was where this book's entertainment lay. The device of using different temporal viewpoints is popular with crime writers and James has used it here with astonishing effect, drawing parallels between past and present events. The narrative whisks you along as the details of the plot, the past and the present are untangled like different coloured balls of wool, finally revealing the places where the snags are; where one lead meets another.The book's characters are sympathetically and colourfully drawn. I cared about one particular character so much I was routing for her all the way. Grace is incredibly likeable and you find yourself getting angry when he gets angry; feeling sorry for him when he's sad.Peter James has written one of the best police procedurals I've ever read, and has clearly done his research. If you enjoy the minutiae of detective work and want an edge of your seat thriller which is finely crafted then this book is for you.

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-05-04 19:29

    Chosen - Book 4 in a series.And the best yet. He has done it again, written a police procedural that make you want to race through.This time, there are at least four seperate stories that all converge into the same investigation.A woman that could be sandy is found in a storm drain.Anna is trapped in a lift, having run from someone and living in secret.A car is found in Australia with a dead woman in the boot.Ronnie is in America on Sept 11 2001, trying to do a deal to save his business and using the disaster to disappear and reinvent himself.This gives roy grace an international stage to play on.So - The woman in the drain is Ronnies first wife, not sandy. The woman terrorised is Ronnies new girlfriend and she has stolen stamps from one of Ronnies villian mates. The woman in the car is ronnies second wife.Ronnie has been murdering them for the insurance money. After all is settled, Anna does not join Ronnie in Thailand but goes onto Brazil - where rather sillily, she meets a woman called Sandy.Usual fayre - dead short chapters, good characterisation, excellent plotting and not as far fetched as the others. To top it all, the Sept 11 passages are very well written, evoking the chaos of that day.Definately the best at this game.

  • Steve Cann
    2019-04-24 19:15

    Dead Man's Footsteps is another solid entry in the excellent Roy Grace Detective series, & certainly lives up to the quality of its predecessors.It cleverly uses the horrifying events of 9/11 as a backdrop (introducing a character en route to a meeting at one of the doomed towers on that tragic morning), & then switches back & forth to seemingly-unrelated events back in Brighton - but set several years later.Unlike the books that precede it, this time we don't get to 'witness' an actual murder as such - but the reader is left to piece together the flashbacks & present-day scenes until the picture gradually becomes clearer, & we are set up for yet another edge-of-the-seat climax.Once again, there's Peter's excellent attention to detail of police procedures, which adds an unnerving & sobering sense of realism to the story, & is what I really love about these books. There's also the trademark humour & banter of Roy & his colleagues, a few personality clashes, & one or two surprises along the way (that I won't reveal here!).After an unusual start to the story, this turns out to be yet another highly entertaining & unpredictable page-turner, & a book that's very difficult to put down. Looking forward as always to the next one!

  • Betty
    2019-05-21 18:19

    A challenging book as it has about five different plots going on for 2/3rds of the book, so you keep flipping from one to the other. If you miss a day or two you really have to concentrate on where you are up to with the different characters and events. Other than that it was very interesting.

  • Karen
    2019-05-24 00:01

    Several story lines, all seemingly unrelated, come together at the end of the book. Kept me guessing at times, and came together very well. I am very much enjoying this series!

  • Svein F Hestvaag
    2019-05-21 17:07

    This series is only getting better. Four down, nine to go...

  • Paul Wardman
    2019-05-20 21:00

    More like 3.5 out of 5. Half stars on here would be helpful at times.There were plenty of good things that happened in this book, most the notably the detailed account of what it must have been like to be in New York on 9/11 was handled really well. If Peter James wasn't there then he either did his research or really is that good at painting a scene and making it feel real. The previous books in the series have felt (to me at least) to be very character driven and the crime was just going on as well. This offering is exactly the opposite. We've gotten to know the main characters and while they're still being developed and fleshed out further it's very much the plot that is driving the story forward. It's not the most straight forward plot either, not only does it just back and forth between different countries but it is also set in different years and follows a few different characters throughout. It took a good while to work out how they were all connected, which isn't a bad thing at all.The problem is that the crime itself didn't really wow me. Once it became apparent what had happened (before another plot twist turned one assumption on its head) it felt a little bit meh. I wasn't hating it but I wasn't entirely invested and couldn't see how this would further the series.AND THEN...... 1 sentence (the last sentence in the book)3 words.It left my jaw hanging. It had me rushing to Amazon and downloading book 5 as fast as I could.I had to see where things went from there. The jury is still out on whether this is a good thing or not but that's for the next review. That one sentence stopped me alternating between this and Stuart Mac bride's Logan Macrae series and carry on reading about Roy Grace. Immediately

  • Sandrine Carloni
    2019-05-07 19:11

    Si vous aimez les histoires complexes, ce Peter James va vous plaire. Cette "enquête" de Roy Grâce nous fait voyager de Brighton à New York en passant par Melbourne, Australie. Ce polar est déroutant, un vrai puzzle qui fait sens dans les 150 dernières pages. Le suspens met un peu de temps à s'installer mais une fois pris dans ces multiples aventures, vous ne pourrez plus poser le livre. Quant à la fin.... Quelle surprise !

  • Dane Cobain
    2019-05-19 16:00

    At first, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to be able to get into this. After all, I’d just finished reading another lengthy crime novel, and while I am a pretty big fan of Peter James’ writing, I wasn’t as immediately sold on the concept here as I was with some of James’ other Roy Grace books.It turns out that I shouldn’t have worried. It’s true that the story line got a little confusing from time to time, especially because it jumped backwards and forwards in time and focused on a number of different characters who, to start with at least, didn’t seem to have anything to connect them. But as the book rolled along towards its conclusion, it all worked itself out with the sort of mind-blowing simplicity that can only come from careful planning.And speaking of planning, I was impressed, as always, with the level of research that James must have carried out before he started work on the book. If you’re ever in doubt, you can just read his acknowledgements, but suffice to say that a huge amount of time must have been spent just looking into the way that different police forces operate, including the processes for extradition and co-operation between Australia, the UK and the United States.A big part of this story is based around the terrorist attacks of September 11th, and while I think that’s been overdone in modern literature, I also thought that James handled it well. His depiction of that fateful day was evocative and brought the reader’s senses to life, and it enabled one of the major plot devices to happen in the first place. Not only that, but it all made sense, particularly when it came to how each of the characters responded to it.There was also a lot of in-depth knowledge about stamps, which were used in lieu of money by several of the characters to make it possible for them to either legitimise crooked money or to carry large sums of it around without authorities wondering why they were travelling with suitcases full of cash.As for the story line itself, it follows an investigation into a cold case in which the skeletal remains of a woman are discovered in a storm drain in Brighton. At first, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is worried that it could be the body of his estranged ex-wife, Sandy. She’s been missing for a long time, and a new colleague of his starts to actively investigate the possibility that Grace killed her and buried her in his front garden. But Grace has more pressing demands on his time.Grace himself is one of the more exciting protagonists to be created in recent years, and while I’ve been reading the books out of order – and so I haven’t been able to actively watch his character as it develops – it is interesting to see different sides of him. Here, he’s forced to play the hero, as he has done before – by the end of the book, he’s (reluctantly) written his car off and received hospital treatment. But he’s also solved the crime, although there’s a little bit of wiggle room and a big twist at the end.Overall, it’s hard to find fault with Dead Man’s Footsteps, and while it’s not quite perfect, there’s a lot to be said for it.

  • Dine Danne
    2019-05-13 15:59

    Zum Inhalt möchte ich nicht viel schreiben, aus Angst, ich könnte dadurch zu viel oder etwas wichtiges verraten.Soviel sei aber gesagt: Es tauchen zwei Leichen an verschiedenen Enden der Erde auf, die mit einem Opfer vom 11. September 2001 und einer Briefmarkensammlung zusammenhängen, die einige Millionen Pfund wert ist.Wie das alles miteinander verknüpft ist und was dabei herauskommt, sollte jeder für sich selbst herausfinden.Peter James lässt verschiedene Handlungsstränge parallel ablaufen, so dass es anfangs etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist. Aber genau diese Sprünge zwischen den verschiedenen Vorgängen machen die Spannung aus. Diese kann sich so langsam immer mehr entfalten.Der Autor schafft es mit wenigen Sätzen, einen in den Bann zu ziehen. Die verschiedenen Geschehnisse steigern das noch das noch dazu. Denn diese Abschnitte enden immer in Situationen, die teilweise sehr dramatisch sind! "So gut wie tot" ist nun schon der vierte Band mit dem Protagonisten Roy Grace.Roy versucht die Verknüpfung zwischen den beiden Todesfällen zu finden und die Deutungen zu verstehen. Da es sich hierbei um Frauen handelt, muss er auch immer an seine verschwundene Frau Sandy denken. Was sie betrifft, so hatte er in der Vergangenheit alles mögliche versucht, um zu erfahren, was mit ihr geschehen ist. Aber es war alles ohne Erfolg.Neben seinen Bemühungen in dem aktuellen Fall, ist einer von Roys Kollegen in einer anderen Mission unterwegs. Als Roy hinter die tatsächlichen Absichten seines Mitarbeiters kommt, wird es äußerst interessant.Und zum Schluss gibt es ein phantastisches Finale, das es in sich hat!Erst im Laufe der Geschichte werden dem Leser die Hintergründe und Verbindungen klar. Die Ermittlungen werden Schritt für Schritt beschrieben und so konnte ich mir das vorgehen der Polizei sehr gut vorstellen.Besonders aber die Kapitel, die von einer Figur handelte, die am 11. September 2001 in New York bei dem Attentat dabei ist und alles hautnah miterlebt, waren äußerst real geschildert und sind sehr bewegend.Diese Momente, vermischt mit einem anderen Handlungsstrang und einer weiteren weiblichen Figur, machten den Thriller auch sehr emotional. Der Schreibstil ist flüssig und konnte mich von Anfang an richtig in den Bann ziehen.Jeder Teil dieser Serie ist abgeschlossen, das wichtigste aus den Vorbänden wird in kurzen Zügen erklärt. Trotzdem rate ich, sie der Reihe nach zu lesen, da sie aufeinander aufbauen. Fazit:Ich kann diesen Thriller nur empfehlen. Er ist, wie seine Vorgänger, einfach topp!Von mir gibt es fünf von fünf Sterne.Reihenfolge der Serie:1. Stirb ewig2. Sirb schön3. Nicht tot genug4. So gut wie tot5. Und morgen bist du tot

  • Arfi
    2019-05-23 20:06

    Another brilliant of Roy Grace novel.The novel is basically covering two time-frame, where the case was opened and continued being investigated, i.e. October 2007, and September 2001.Started with Abby Dawson (aka Katherine Jennings or Sarah Smith) who trapped in a broken lift, which I believe was damaged purposely by Richard Skegg (aka Ricky or Chad Skegg), the story goes back and forth from October 2007 to the current time frame. Then we are introduced to the stamps dealing business, which can rich someone by selling certain plates of them. Then there is Ronnie Wilson (aka David Nelson) who is a businessman and stamps dealer whom his wife, Lorraine Wilson (aka Margaret Nelson), thought he died on September 11 as he was supposedly agreed to meet his friend, Donald Hatcook on one of the Twin Tower's floors to deal with business. Lorraine thought she was going to be in poverty since Ronnie left a lot of mess in his business and loans, but then the 'dead' man popped up in her very eyes, offering one way to escape. They changed their name to David Nelson and Margaret Nelson, and moved to Australia. There, Lorraine or Margaret died in a car boot, found in a lake by a pair of lovers. Abby is the newest bird Ronnie has to deliver him money, but she is too smart for him. She could get away and got both Skegg and Wilson jailed, while she was free and traveling.In the office, Roy Grace was nagged by Cassian Pewe, who's dealing with cold case. He started to run investigations on the disappearance of Grace's wife, Sandy, that somehow pissed Grace off. Pewe interviewed Sandy's parents and ran search warrants for Grace's house when Grace was away in New York. Grace confronted Pewe and got Skerrit talking to Pewe about his disgraceful decision on him. Pewe was joining Grace in chasing Skegg who had Abby's mother as hostage. It was an action when Grace tried to stop Skegg from escape, and got nudged to the edge that sent him rolling out of the car but Pewe trapped inside, screaming for help as the car was in danger of crash into the water and rock down the cliff. Grace tried to help and called for back-up. Lines I love in this chapter: "You won't let me die, will you, Roy", Pewe pleaded."You know what, Cassian?" Grace shouted back. "I'm actually more concerned about my bloody car".Typical Grace.It was in the beautiful sun Abby Dawson enjoying her margarita, and to our all surprise: meet Sandy.This is just great. I will still be reading Roy Grace until the mystery of Sandy's disappearance cleared.

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-04-26 19:22

    OH MY GOD THAT ENDING!!!!!! Review later.Review:If I didn't have the next installment in the Roy Grace series checked out from the library and ready to read I would be seriously annoyed right now! That ending had my eyes popping out of my head! I cannot believe I left years between reading Roy Grace #2 and #3, I then went straight onto #4 and cannot wait to get started with #5.James is a fantastic writer, I loved the way this book kept alternating between various characters, leaving the reader wondering when they would (inevitably) all come together and the mystery would be solved. The book is set around 9/11, a time everybody can remember. I was in school at the time, and was 11 years of age. I can remember the day as if it was yesterday and the images are still vivid in my mind. Ronnie Wilson however was in New York on 9/11, minutes away from being in the South Tower. He then sees an opportunity to fake his death and the story carries on from there.Side stories this time involve Cassian Pewe (what is with that name?!) having some sort of vendetta against Grace, going as far as to insinuating to Sandy's family that Grace may have played a part in her disappearance. I think we all know this isn't the case! Pewe was a horrible character but good for the story I feel. Grace ends up going to New York and the fantastic Potting (so politically incorrect, reminds me of someone from the world of Logan McRae [Stuart MacBride]) and colleague travel to Australia. It was nice for the characters to get out of Brighton and I enjoyed the scene with Potting on the plane especially. It is even more funny because there probably is characters like him on the force. Some people might find the book a bit slow at first, but stick with it as near the end you will be unable to put it down. For Roy Grace fans this book is a treat, for crime fiction fans yet to be introduced to this fantastic character, you are also in for a treat. Cleo didn't feature much in this book, I'm still unsure how I feel about her so she wasn't missed either way by me. An absolutely fantastic read with one of the best and most frustrating cliffhangers I have ever read! I don't know how the people that read this book on release waited a year for the next one!

  • LJ
    2019-05-16 20:27

    DEAD MAN’S FOOTSTEPS (Police Proc-DS Roy Grace-England/NYC/Australia-Cont) - VGJames, Peter – 4th in seriesMacmillan, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9781405092043First Sentence: If Ronnie Wilson had known, as he woke up, that in just a couple of hours he would be dead,, he would have planned his day somewhat differently.Perpetually failed businessman Ronnie Wilson happens to be in New York City on September 11, 2001. Rather than seeing the tragedy around him, he sees it as a way to disappear from his past. In present day, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to a crime scene where the skeletal remains of a woman have been found. Grace first hopes/fears it could be the remains of his wife, Sandy, who disappeared nine years ago. Instead, the woman is identified as having been the wife of first wife of Ronnie Wilson. About the same time, the body of a woman is found in a submerged vehicle’s trunk in Australia. Turns out, she was Wilson’s second wife.Although this book has lost a few points with me for the continual series tease about Grace’s missing wife, this was a very twisty and exciting read. I like the character of Roy Grace. He’s a good cop with good relationships to both his superior and his team, or most of them. He also knows he does still have issues stemming from his wife’s disappearance. The story is very well plotted with very good dialogue, although one does have to pay attention to the timeframes. The relationship threads were suitably twisty and I didn’t always see the connections coming. The events of September 11th were well handled, conveying the horror of the event while looking at it from the avaricious side of Wilson. The climatic scene was exciting, suspenseful and had just a small element of humor giving Grace a bit of his own back against a cop out to make him look bad.This was a very good read and one I recommend.

  • Mark Farley
    2019-05-10 00:22

    The fourth in the Roy Grace series, this is a cracking little wedge of a book and a great page turner. I had been meaning to get around to starting this series, after I had the pleasure of getting to know Peter after doing a number of events at a central London bookshop I worked in and I really wish I started earlier. Police/crime etc is not really my sort of read but out of loyalty I gave it a go and surprised myself and everyone around me when I couldnt put it down. In this book, Peter looks again into the whole idea of identity and very cleverly uses the back story of the fall of the twin towers in the process. As this series increasingly gets better and better, the author uses the tragedy in a very pointed and sympathetic way as we live the environs of Sussex for the first time. The Roy Grace series is just brilliant. Heavily researched and intriguing in its attention to detail when it comes to day to day procedure, I was surprised at how fascinating and surprising I found it all. The author achieves this by utilizing hardbolied noir and bonkbuster techniques in his writing to keep you hooked. The characters he has created are well crafted and sympathetic, which makes you really want to get to know them. To the point where you just cant put the book down. The book's read like film scripts sometimes, something the author knows a lot about, which makes it such easy and entertaining reading, full of plot twists turns and cliff hangers. Try the series but start at the beginning, just because not only are they great stand alone stories, but the magic is in the back story, the adventure and the intrigue. Highly recommended.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-05-20 20:14

    Loved the story but it's full of Americanisms which I just don't understand when it's an English book. What's that all about ? The whole way through as well, annoyingly.I was really aggravated by this and docked a star for it. Words like fantasized,economize, womanizer, familiarize.....that they bastardised not bastardized !! With those and some words that lost spaces such as "Thisfirst sectionwas" or "holdinguphand-made" or "hepointed".Then there were rogue hyphens thrown in here and there-Spi-nella and Holling-bury and unclam-ped. I don't expect these sorts of errors in a bestseller and they're disappointing.The story was a really good one, though. A guy taking advantage of the horror of 9/11 for his own ends and meanwhile, back in Brighton Grace has to contend with his own issues. Having to deal with a new guy on the team brought down from the Met as well as an old skeleton found in a storm drain that might or might not be his Sandy.I wasn't sure what to make of Abby. Sometimes I liked her but I think most of the time I despised her and the way she behaved. A good character. though. I liked the author's tribute to those who died on 9/11 and what he tells us about the Feelgood dogs. They really were there: http://www.ronburns.com/fidel/The ending was possibly a real shocker and I know I'm lagging behind with this series but I look forward to the 5th story.

  • Annabel
    2019-05-02 20:18

    Peter James is one of the most talented crime writers there is. His 'Roy Grace' series are some of the best in the genre and so popular. The 'Dead'/ 'Roy Grace' books are all similar in their style and plots - short, punchy chapters, and fast-paced action. They all draw you in quickly and are very readable. The reliable and consistent references to local landmarks make imagery strong and readers all have the same images in their head - I think these traits mean the books could make great films.If anything, the books can be a bit too similar and lacking originality from novel to novel, but they do the job. There isn't masses of complexity, depth or originality within the plots and characters but there is enough.Each book can be read on their own, but the links between the books (such as references to his team and his former wife Sandy), make it enjoyable for loyal readers.