Peter James’ YOU ARE DEAD was awarded the Dr. Lector Award for Scariest Villain, the award for the writers who keep us awake at night, at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate on Friday 17 July. The winners were decided by public vote.

The other shortlisted candidates were Chris Carter for AN EVIL MIND, Stieg Larsson for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Elizabeth Heynes for INTO THE DARKEST CORNER, Lauren Beukes for THE SHINING GIRLS and Stephen King for THE STAND.

Peter James’ 11th Roy Grace novel, YOU ARE DEAD, was published on 21 May 2015, and went straight to number one in the hardback Bestseller chart. The Roy Grace novels are translated into more than three dozen languages. View more on Peter’s website.

His new standalone novel, THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL, will be published in November. Peter James is at his scariest best delivering a ghost story to chill your bones.

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Praise for YOU ARE DEAD

‘James writes meticulously researched police procedurals, so informed that you can smell the canteen coffee and the squeak of the linoleum in the Major Incident Room.’ – DailyMail

‘Another really solid read once again from the main man!’ – Best Crime Books

‘Assembled all the best of James’s attributes and emerged as his most frightening and gripping tale yet.’ – The Times