Paperback publication day for NEED YOU DEAD, the bestselling 13th Roy Grace mystery from Peter James

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NEED YOU DEAD, the 13th novel in Peter James’ Roy Grace series, is published in paperback today by Macmillan. In its first week of publication, NEED YOU DEAD shot straight to number two on the hardback bestselling list and became a number one eBook bestseller, knocking Paula Hawkins’ INTO THE WATER off the top spot.

You can watch a brilliant Meet The Author interview with Peter James on BBC iPlayer.

In NEED YOU DEAD, 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.

December will see the re-issue by Orion of THE TRUTH, one of Peter’s earlier novels, twenty years after its original publication, in ebook and audio, with the paperback to follow in February 2018, and more titles to follow. Collectors won’t want to miss the opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with Peter’s classic storytelling, with new introductions from the author in each edition.

Also in 2018, Macmillan will publish the 14th Roy Grace novel in May as well as the highly-anticipated standalone ABSOLUTE PROOF in October 2018, in the UK and US.

The Roy Grace series has been translated into 37 languages, with 19 million copies of Peter James’ books sold worldwide. Peter travels to Germany this week to accept the first Rheinbach Glass Dagger Award for his crime fiction.

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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

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

 ‘In my thirty-four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts “The Job”’ – Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD

Pan Macmillan acquires standalone Peter James thriller


Peter James' standalone thriller ABSOLUTE PROOF, only his second to be written since he began his bestselling Roy Grace series, has been acquired by Pan Macmillan. Publishing director Wayne Brookes bought UK and Commonwealth rights and said of James, 'Peter is a master of the plot twist and this will be a huge title for us in 2015.'

James was the first to knock E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES trilogy out of its number one position with his latest title NOT DEAD YET which became a Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller in the week it went on sale.  He had great success with his first standalone thriller PERFECT PEOPLE which was shortlisted for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Book Award in 2012. In that psychological thriller a heartbroken couple who have lost a child to a hereditary disease wish to make sure their next child will not suffer in the same way. They unwittingly enter the world of 'designer babies' and without realising it, find themselves being manipulated by an unscrupulous doctor.

Brookes said, 'PERFECT PEOPLE was a huge success in all formats for Pan Macmillan. Therefore, when Peter pitched the fabulous idea for ABSOLUTE PROOF we jumped at the chance to publish it.' 

Carole Blake said, 'Peter's first stand alone novel since starting the Roy Grace series, was a phenomenal success.  ABSOLUTE has an astounding plot, and will be a real treat for his huge fan base.

To read more about the deal, click here.

Praise for Peter James:

'He is best known for his No 1 bestselling Roy Grace crime novels, combining super-deft plotting, great characterisation and extraordinarily accurate procedure. But Peter James isn't just a superb popular writer, he's a great researcher...Now, his first stand alone novel since the extraordinary, though completely deserved, success of the Roy Grace series features all James' strengths, including his ability to capture a sense of real horror in a very real world.' -- Daily Mirror (Five star review)
'Peter James is one of the best in the world.' -- Lee Child


'Peter James is acknowledged as being one of the top thriller writers in the UK, and his series of crime novels featuring DI Roy Grace are the best of the current genre.  But in his new novel PERFECT PEOPLE he has proved he can depart from the formula and break the mould... From the moment they meet the sinister geneticist who offers to create a new child from their cells, the pages just keep on turning themselves.  The ending is so horrifyingly scary that I was unable to sleep properly for several nights.' -- Joan Collins, The Mail on Sunday
"Brilliantly done, the emotional credibility of the characters is as good as it gets.  There's a movie in this book." -- Jeff Park, 'Front Row', BBC radio