Peter James

Agent:  Carole Blake

Biography: Internationally bestselling author of the Brighton-based Roy Grace crime series, published in 36 languages. All his novels reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He is now writing 5 new novels for Macmillan. 

In addition to his career as a novelist, he has produced several films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or, and he is currently adapting his crime novel, DEAD SIMPLE, for television.

Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and DEAD SIMPLE won the 2006 Prix Polar International and 2007 Le Prix Coeur Noir awards in France.

The play of his novella THE PERFECT MURDER opened early 2014, and the play of DEAD SIMPLE opened in 2015.

'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' -- Karin Slaughter

“Roy Grace is the very best of the middle aged male British detectives – there’s a whole bunch, but he is the best. What makes his books better than other people’s books 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

‘By the straightforward expedient of using carefully crafted, well honed narratives with a strong sense of place and a sure grasp of character, James has slowly but surely worked his way towards an almost unassailable position as one of Britain's best-loved crime writers.’ -- Barry Forshaw

'The rapid-fire suspense builds to a terrifying, graphic conclusion that leaves tantalizing room for future instalments in the series.' -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' -- Washington Post

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LOVE YOU DEAD Crime fiction, 400 pages Macmillan, May 2016 An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect... 

LOVE YOU DEAD

Crime fiction, 400 pages
Macmillan, May 2016


An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect... 

THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL Thriller, 310 Pages Macmillan, October 2015 A ghost story to chill your bones… Peter James at his scariest best.

THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Thriller, 310 Pages
Macmillan, October 2015

A ghost story to chill your bones… Peter James at his scariest best.

YOU ARE DEAD Crime fiction, 411 pages Macmillan, May 2015 The last words Nick hears from his fiancee Logan, are in a terrified mobile phone call from her.  She screams, the phone goes dead.  The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished. Surprising twists  and chilling discoveries deliver a breathtaking read.  

YOU ARE DEAD

Crime fiction, 411 pages
Macmillan, May 2015

The last words Nick hears from his fiancee Logan, are in a terrified mobile phone call from her.  She screams, the phone goes dead.  The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished.
Surprising twists  and chilling discoveries deliver a breathtaking read.  

DEATH COMES KNOCKING Narrative Non-fiction, 306 pages Macmillan, July 2016 Written with Graham Bartlett, ex-head of Brighton and Sussex police, this book explores the real facts behind the Roy Grace novels, and recounts many high profile crimes that Graham and his team worked on, some of which inspired Peter’s Roy Grace novels.

DEATH COMES KNOCKING

Narrative Non-fiction, 306 pages
Macmillan, July 2016

Written with Graham Bartlett, ex-head of Brighton and Sussex police, this book explores the real facts behind the Roy Grace novels, and recounts many high profile crimes that Graham and his team worked on, some of which inspired Peter’s Roy Grace novels.