DEAD IF YOU DON’T the fourteenth instalment in the best-selling Roy Grace detective series by Peter James has hit shelves across the Atlantic. Published in hardback in the US yesterday by Pan Macmillan, US readers can now follow Roy Grace as he faces a case that will push him to his limits. Praised as ‘a galloping riot of entertainment and action’ by Heat and ‘a realistic portrait of police work’ by Publisher’s Weekly, DEAD IF YOU DON’T earned Peter his thirteenth consecutive number one as it shot to the top of the charts in the UK in its first week of sales in May and it’s been holding strong in the lists since then.
Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins. Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.
Defying instructions not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .
Rights for DEAD IF YOU DON’T have been sold to Univers Poche in France, Minerva in Finland, Eksmo in Russia and Kor’im in Israel. Rights to Peter’s standalone thriller ABSOLUTE PROOF, in which a mysterious phone call pulls an investigative journalist into the search to find proof of God’s existence, have also been bought by international publishers. ABSOLUTE PROOF is set to be published by Macmillan in October, with a major campaign. Fans of Peter James can look forward to more gripping Roy Grace cases as Pan Macmillan have also acquired rights for three further titles.
Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. He has won numerous awards for his gripping crime novels, including the coveted 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and an Honorary Platinum Award at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book. He was publicly voted by WH Smith – Britain's biggest book selling chain – The Best Crime Author of All Time. The Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 19 million copies worldwide and are now published in 37 territories. His last Roy Grace NEED YOU DEAD went straight in at No. 1 in the paperback bestseller charts in October 2017 and stayed in the top 10 for nine weeks. Many of his books have also been adapted for the stage, with his standalone chiller THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL up next in 2019 – see more and book tickets here!
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Praise for DEAD IF YOU DON’T:
‘Chief superintendent Roy Grace is back – and we think this could be his most exciting storyline yet…a galloping riot of entertainment and action, with heaps of dark humour thrown in.’ — Isabelle Broom, Heat
‘A gripping read’ — My Weekly, Best New Thrillers
‘A realistic portrait of police work’ — Publishers Weekly
‘As ever, James may be dealing with familiar material, but always manages to render it afresh, his narrative (here involving the kidnapped son of a successful businessman) is made tauter by the adroit characterisation of the principal participants.’ — Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
‘Peter James’ tension-filled opening chapter will either have you running towards the roulette wheel or swearing off casinos forever…Tension-filled… James is a master writer… his fast-paced plot and clear, descriptive writing style reads like a movie. Once you read this book, you’ll be dying to get your hands on everything James has written.’ — The Real Book Spy
‘Peter James’s Roy Grace series is one of the few long-running sagas that I’m still deeply invested in…The books are deeply rooted in Brighton’s bohemian town and capture every inch of the seaside resort, the trendy shops and the distinctly seedy side of things. And James is a meticulous researcher, who clearly has impeccable contacts in the police. The knowledge he’s picked up comes across as absolutely authentic… In James’s reliable hands, Brighton rocks!’ — Crime Review
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