DEATH COMES KNOCKING, a non-fiction book from ex-Brighton Police Commander Graham Bartlett and novelist Peter James, is published today by Macmillan.
Fans of Peter James and his bestselling Roy Grace series of crime novels know that his books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police and villains and are set in a world every bit as gritty as the real thing. His friend Graham Bartlett was a long-serving high-ranking detective in the city once described as Britain's 'crime capital'. Together, in DEATH COMES KNOCKING, they have written a gripping account of the city's most challenging cases, taking the reader from crime scenes and incident rooms to the morgue, and introducing some of the real-life detectives who inspired Peter James's characters.
Whether it's the murder of a dodgy nightclub owner and his family in Sussex's worst non-terrorist mass murder or the race to find the abductor of a young girl, tracking down the antique trade's most notorious 'knocker boys' or nailing an audacious ring of forgers, hunting for a cold-blooded killer who executed a surfer or catching a pair who kidnapped a businessman, leaving him severely beaten, to die on a hillside, the authors skilfully evoke the dangerous inside story of policing, the personal toll it takes and the dedication of those who risk their lives to keep the public safe. Graham’s memoir of a life spent in the police force touches on many of the cases that inspired the Roy Grace novels.
Peter James’ 12th Roy Grace novel LOVE YOU DEAD was published in May and has remained in the Top 10 Hardback bestseller list ever since, and his ghost story THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL was published in paperback last month and has so far spent 3 weeks in the Paperback Top 10.
Peter James has been twice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards: as popular internationally as in the UK, he is published in more than 3 dozen languages. Last year he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author Of All Time. He is currently writing three more Roy Grace novels and two standalones for Macmillan.
Praise for Peter James:
'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' – Karin Slaughter
'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' – Washington Post
‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child