Peter James has walked away from an 85mph car crash in which he suffered cracked ribs and a bruised spleen. He had been racing at Brands Hatch, where he'd been leading prior to the incident.
His 1965 vintage BMW was clipped from behind by a Lotus Cortina as he took a fast downhill bend at 85mph. He said: 'If you were a baddie and you wanted to spin a car round, you'd hit the back section just there by the rear wheel. I always wondered what it would feel like. I saw grass, gravel, tarmac… Apparently I rolled four times.'
He insists that he is recovering well, and is determined not to allow his injuries upset his publicity commitments for the new novel. His frenetic schedule takes in his hometown of Brighton, swiftly succeeded by a US trip and a tour of Britain and Ireland. 'As soon as the car came to a halt I thought, "I've got my book launch next week, is my right arm OK to sign copies?"… We've got Dan Brown to try and beat.'
DEAD MAN'S TIME, Peter's 9th in the bestselling Roy Grace series is released on 6 June and is published in the UK by Macmillan.
For more information see this article in the Independent.
Praise for the Roy Grace series:
'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' -- Karin Slaughter
'British author James dreams up a horrific intersection of extreme perversion and Internet technology in his frighteningly, expertly constructed second Det. Supt. Roy Grace novel... The rapid-fire suspense builds to a terrifying, graphic conclusion that leaves tantalizing room for future instalments in the series.' -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
'Roy Grace is the very best of the British detectives - there's a whole bunch, there's just tons, but he is the best. What makes his books better than other people's books I think is that the ordinary people in these books react in the way they would react. They have absolute emotional credibility.' -- Jeff Park, 'Front Row' BBC Radio
'James has created a flawed and compelling character in his Detective
James Superintendent Roy Grace series, and the tense suspense in DEAD
MAN'S GRIP will keep readers turning the pages…Fans will love this
latest Roy Grace thriller, and newcomers will find 'Dead Man's Grip' the
perfect place to start.' -- Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' -- Washington Post