What makes a killer? NEED YOU DEAD, 13th in Roy Grace series, published today!

After a brilliant Brighton launch party, NEED YOU DEAD, the 13th book in Peter James’ no. 1 bestselling Roy Grace series, is published in hardback by Pan Macmillan in the UK and Canada today. It is also published in audio, and will be out in the US on 6 June and in Australia on 20 May.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open-and-shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

Last week the blog tour kicked off with a phenomenal start with Kim the Bookworm writing ‘Thoroughly entertaining and brilliantly written, I can definitely see why this series is so flipping successful.’ and Material Witness stating: ‘It’s classic Grace and classic Peter James, another lively chapter in a series that has maintained a high pace, high readability and high quality since the start.’

NEED YOU DEAD is already receiving stunning reviews, with Shotsmag saying ‘In Roy Grace, we have a character with enough clout to carry along almost any plot… Peter James parades an assortment of suspects in front of you, each with a compelling case as to why it could be them, making for a real page-turner.’

Further confirming Peter’s crime fiction credentials, Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD said: “In my thirty four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts ‘The Job’.”

It has been a brilliant year for Peter, with the 12th Roy Grace novel LOVE YOU DEAD spending 5 weeks at the top of the bestseller chart upon publication last October. He was also awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger award, one of the most prestigious awards in crime writing.

NEED YOU DEAD has sold in Germany, Russia and Finland and the Roy Grace series has been translated into 37 languages, with 18 million copies of Peter James’ books sold worldwide.

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Praise for Roy Grace:

‘James’s superior 13th novel … This skilful twister shows why James was awarded the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger.’ — Publishers Weekly Starred Review

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

‘Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business’ – Karin Slaughter

‘Probably the closest we’ll get to a British Stephen King’ – The Financial Times

‘Peter James is one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ – The Daily Mail