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ONE SINGLE ACT OF KINDNESS BECOMES AN ENDLESS REIGN OF TERROR...Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. ButONE SINGLE ACT OF KINDNESS BECOMES AN ENDLESS REIGN OF TERROR...Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace; a man with demons of his own to contend with. And from that moment the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality and a grisly attraction. Notice of Kellie and Tom's deaths has already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead. 'Full of gripping twists and turns' Guardian 'Will have you glued to your deckchair' Observer...

Title : Looking Good Dead
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ISBN : 9780330545976
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Number of Pages : 519 Pages
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Looking Good Dead Reviews

  • Richard Kunzmann
    2019-03-24 17:58

    I don’t easily get creeped out by books these days. Not any more. Not since Stephen King’s It permanently damaged me as a child, when I was reading it under the bedcovers late at night, torch in one jittery hand, twice frightened that my mother would catch me in the forbidden act of reading “that author with evil in his head.”Did you know, momma, what was in mine?So it’s been a while that I got the willies from a book, which makes me very glad that I picked up a copy of Peter James’s Looking Good Dead. It’s a brilliant thriller. Here’s why.Tom Bryce, a regular Joe salesman, is sitting on the train from London to Brighton thinking about his wife and kids. And like anyone who’s ever had a standard class fair, he’s stranded next to a right prick yelling into his mobile phone. So when the guy gets off the train and leaves a CD behind, Tom’s not exactly in the mood to play Good Samaritan.This is where we all collectively yell, “Why oh why, Tom, did ya have to take the CD home?”That night our dear friend Tom watches a snuff movie. Then his computer is hacked and before long he’s running scared and fighting for the life of his wife and kids. Never mind his own.At the same time, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called out to a gruesome discovery in a field on the same day that he’s got a hot date lined up. But what he finds out there opens up old wounds; his own wife disappeared many years ago, and since then he’s forever been wondering what happened to her and blaming himself.This is a superb thriller in every sense of the word. Peter James drops us right into the households of every day people. He shows us that they also read the Gruffalo to their kids, watch the Simpsons, and then he tears them to shreds, and we’re left wondering exactly who this bastard is. James also has a great sense of place, constantly feeding us information about Brighton without overpowering us with needless description. In fact, everything about his writing is precise and to the point. He is as efficient a writer as he is a killer of characters, is Mr James.I wish I could stop with the laurels there, but his research and deep understanding of the Brighton Metropolitan Police shines through, especially in his treatment of cyber crime and modern technologies. Here’s another great detail: I love looking out for how authors tie their novels back to the titles. In Peter James’s case, when the words “Looking Good Dead” are spoken, you don’t know if you want to laugh or slam the book shut and run.A well-rounded novel this: great characters, great plotting, and a story that could become all too real. I’m going to commit sacrilege in the crime-reading world and say I enjoyed this book more than Michael Connelly’s The Poet,Just do me a favour: don’t read this under the bedcovers with a torch.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-08 14:47

    An excellent thriller! A follow-up to Dead Simple, it is that rarity a second book that is better than the first. Roy Grace is back and is up against a conspiracy and a high-tech computer crime is involved.As an avid BBC Radio 4 listener, I chuckled at the character of the Weatherman and his quoting of the Shipping Forecast. Though, I do wonder what non-Beeb listeners would make of that. This book has a great pace and characters that you can really get behind! Can't wait for book #3.

  • Simon Taylor
    2019-03-30 18:52

    After a disappointing first outing in 2011, Roy Grace was rested and given another go in this unimproved follow-up.Grace is in charge of a new investigation which has many of the hallmarks of Dead Simple: gratuitous violence, graphic sex and offensive dialogue. Three characters wet themselves and one defecates, and the murders are simply horrific.Where some superior writers find their plots meandering into the unpleasant, James appears to take delight from the opportunity to write about gore, smut and paedophilia and shoe horns it in, however unnecessary. Given there is no child abuse in the case at any point, the sheer number of references suggests James has a bee in his bonnet about the issue, or a dark pleasure in alluding to it. The question begged of almost all of the unsavoury content: does this add anything? The answer: usually not.Supporting characters are given too much page time. A whole chapter is dedicated to the woman who finds the body. A whole chapter about her new part in a musical and all sorts of useless trivia, only for her to never be mentioned again. This isn’t characterisation; it’s pointless. When he’s finished that, we learn everything but the OS coordinates of the exact spot in Brighton where the action is set at that moment, a social profiling going back 20 years and a run down of where’s good for a kebab nearby. I’m all for immersive settings, but Rankin’s Edinburgh or McBride’s Aberdeen this is not.Elsewhere, when layers of pointless detail isn’t being laboured on every extra and setting, James has somehow put together a cast transcending class that nevertheless are united in their anti-Labour, anti-Blair, anti-Iraq views. There are too many references to the then-Blair government to be editorially justified. I want a story, Mr. James, not an agenda.The exception to the universal thought process is the new character – an un-PC old timer who comes in with no reason other than to give James an opportunity to pour out racist, homophobic bile and then have Grace tell him off. It seems like another excuse to commit the horrible words to page.The much maligned mediums are back, but don’t wreck the book the way they did with Dead Simple. Having said that, the climax comes out of nowhere and is not at all satisfying. The various loose ends aren’t tied up so much as the author merely states they don’t matter any more.I did enjoy the last line though. It raised a small smile.A poor excuse for a “snuff book”, fittingly full of dung beetles, and a very definite end to Grace’s career on my bookshelf.

  • GS Nathan
    2019-03-31 17:53

    Quite a good book and I enjoyed reading it. I came across an interview with Peter James in The Hindu and that was what led me to this series. I was expecting though, that the Inspector Grace books would become a must read for me, like Colin Dexter's books starring Inspector Morse. Perhaps an unfair expectation....The story revolves around a couple who get caught up in an unsavoury snuff video operation run by a group of killers. A bit unreal at times, it felt to me, but who am I to say that? Also the eventual unraveling depended a bit too much on luck and not on solid detection -in that sense, somehow I think the book failed. It is after all the alternate explanation that gets to you. James also seems a bit amateurish in explaining how Grace senses where people are lying and where they are telling the truth; a matter of looking at where the eyes go to. Are these that simple?Anyway, while I am sure I will pick up more Inspector Grace books to read in the future, I will probably not anticipate them the way perhaps I wanted to.

  • Joe Stamber
    2019-04-17 11:51

    After reading the first in this series Dead Simple I commented that Roy Grace is almost impossible to dislike and he endeared himself more to me in Looking Good Dead. Sure, he's a bit of a stereotype as far as middle-aged(ish) cops go, but he's just likeable. Grace is aided and abetted by a group of characters who are diverse, well thought out and generally do a good job.However, as with the previous novel, James also displays his ability to create annoying characters, namely the whole of Tom Bryce's family. Yes, I know they are having a tough time and that two of them are small children! James and the audio narrator really pull out all the stops in making them so irritating that the reader is rooting for their enemies.Looking Good Dead has a lot of similarities to its predecessor. It's a very entertaining story, with the investigating team chasing wild geese and generally blundering through the case while waiting for a break to help them out. Grace works his socks off but his lack of progress keeps his boss on his back and the papers at his throat.There are occasional pauses in the excitement so that James can meander off for a while with some random information, background stuff I suppose, but it never detracts from the story. Roy even has time for a little romance, which was a nice reward for his endeavours. With a few coincidences, a slice of luck and the obligatory hint from the medium, the tale draws to a conclusion, leaving the reader and perhaps one or two of the characters feeling pretty satisfied.

  • Leftbanker
    2019-03-24 13:01

    Spoilers AheadHad this novel been less than 150 pages I could have given it three stars but at 336 pages it’s simply horrible. There is so little “story” to this story that it could have been squeezed into a short story or a novella at best. This is quite possibly the worst-paced “thriller” I’ve ever made it through. If you edited out all of the superfluous trivia you could have read the whole thing in 45 minutes.Here is the story. A regular Joe finds a DVD on commuter train that gives the user access to a snuff flick website. His computer is almost immediately hacked by the nefarious snuff flickers and they threaten his life if he goes to the police. This is about all that happens for over half of the book with the pages being filled with the mundane and highly tedious details of regular Joe’s family life and his horrible wife who is a compulsive eBay shopper. She seems like a complete moron although her husband remarks at one point that she has a lot of wisdom.The police inspector Roy Grace is an equally tedious individual. There is absolutely no indication that he is any good at his job and the rest of his colleagues seem just as dull. At one point regular Joe’s wife is abducted by the snuff flickers but instead of getting to the fucking point and telling us just what is happening to her we are taken on a rambling and completely idiotic stream-of-consciousness that tells us that Grace’s dad liked to build toy boats, that he has a Mars bar and coffee for breakfast, that Norman Potting is dressed well, and something about someone’s kid being taken to the zoo. Instead of copying and pasting some doggerel from the book I’ll just write a pastiche.The police arrive to ask a man about where the killers may be hiding. He asks them if they would like something to drink. He offers them tea but he also has coffee. Or perhaps they would prefer a soft drink? How about some biscuits? Would they care for biscuits? I wish that I had a nickel for every time I screamed out loud while reading some stupid bit of trivia, “Why the fuck do I care about this?” There is almost nothing to this book. It begins with a horrible snuff flick although there is no sex involved which seems highly unlikely. I seriously doubt that in this day and age of special effects that there is much call for actually killing someone in a movie meant for sick perverts. We learn almost nothing about this sinister world because so much of the book was dedicated to giving the most tedious details of the lives of regular Joe and family, Roy Grace, and a couple other members of the department.The whole plot device of the family being kidnapped is stupid and doesn't make a lick of sense. Why in the world would the snuff flickers go after regular Joe? After he had gone to the police they had nothing left to gain and everything to lose.And how many times did they mention regular Joe's wife and her vodka problem? she's in the hands of snuff flickers who are about to cut her up like a fresh fish and he's worried about her drinking? This was beyond stupid.

  • Michael
    2019-04-21 16:40

    This was a reread, finding that I had no unread books while I waited for the postman to deliver my last order, and it was a good reread. it had been too long since I had spent time with Roy Grace which tells me I need to check my Peter James bookmark to determine what the next couple of books are that I haven't read yet. I like how James shows us the workings of a major crime unit in Brighton and Hove; quite different in many ways from what we're shown for American units. I also like how he takes the time to introduce us to the Brighton and Hove of today and yesterday. If you haven't read any of James' 'Dead' novels and if you like a good police procedural then I urge you to do yourself a favor and meet Roy Grace

  • Amanda McGill
    2019-04-22 18:38

    A disappointing second novel in the Roy Grace series. Tom Bryce is your average Joe commuter. On one typical afternoon coming home from work, the person beside him leaves behind a CD. Unable to catch up with the owner, he takes it home and inserts the CD into his computer. Tom is shocked to see a murder taking place on his computer. Tom and his family are now being threatened by the murderers who made the CD. Can Roy Grace catch them before Tom and his family get killed?I loved the first book in the series Dead Simple, so this novel was a disappointment since it didn't have a lot of the elements from the first novel. I just felt that I was along for the ride, there was nothing that had me shocked or surprised. I will still read the remaining books in the series, but I will go into them with some hesitation.

  • Teresa Proença
    2019-04-05 13:38

    Um caso policial arrepiante, pela natureza dos crimes e de quem os comete;Um polícia carismático, pelas sua fragilidade e crenças;Uma escrita cativante, que nos prende e empolga.Gostei muito!

  • Elisabeth
    2019-03-27 15:47

    I didn't find James' second novel as good as the first novel. I'm very disappointed...

  • Abbie | ab_reads
    2019-04-01 13:52

    I read the second instalment of the Roy Grace series Looking Good Dead in two breathless sittings! I loved this one even more than Dead Simple, it's fast-paced crime thriller action at its best!.We're straight into a grisly new case with Grace and his team, and this one was seriously grim! Crime books often scare me more than horror novels because of the reality of it... the thought of what real people are capable of doing to each other chills me to the bone. Some scenes of this book seriously disturbed me!.I also applaud Peter James for tackling the problem of racism and homophobia in the workplace - but can we please have Roy punch Norman Potting in the next book?! What a DICK. I loved being back with all the old crew though, Cleo and Emma-Jane are my faves!.I love the style of the series, the tone is cheeky and the police procedures are as meticulously researched as ever! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series in time. .a 5 star crime read!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-30 18:54

    Eighth book of my holiday reads. This is the second book in the series and can easily be read as a stand alone. I loved the theme of the dark web in this book. A poor unsuspecting bloke picking up a CD of which I could never have imagined what he ends up watching. Down to not just handing it in like any good citizen would do, he puts himself and his family under threat. I love the bit of romance going on in Graces personal life as well as his working relationship with his colleagues that at times brought some much needed relief to this truly gripping read. Another great read and can't wait to read more in the series.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-17 17:53

    The front door of the once-proud terraced house opened, and a long-legged young woman, in a short silk dress that seemed to both cling and float at the same time, stepped out into the fine June sunshine on the last morning of her life.Not for the faint-hearted yet for all those yucky moments, an eye-scorching read with the lead characters coming along nicely.

  • Gary
    2019-04-12 11:44

    2nd book in the Roy Grace series by Peter James.I love the way Peter James writes, they are so easy to read and the characters are well crafted and the plots well planned. The novel is fast paced and instantly grips you leaving you wanting more. I liked it that much I started the next book in the series immediately.

  • Tory Wagner
    2019-04-23 17:39

    This is the second in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Grace and as it evolves, the characters are becoming more engaging and complex. Grace struggles with pleasing his boss and always seems under the gun to prove himself. He is a dedicated detective,but can be rather unconventional in his approach to the job, particularly with his interest in the occult. While this is a minor feature in the books, it does add to his appeal as man who looks outside traditional paths. The mystery surrounds the disappearance of women and subsequent online snuff movies. The action is swift and intense. I look forward to the next in this series.

  • Alan
    2019-04-04 19:47

    PJ writes very well, direct prose, and he imagines his characters very thoroughly. Chief Superintendant Grace with his disparu wife attempts to contact her through mediums; and PJ builds the host of victims. But that's just it. My standard for detective fiction is one or two murders. If you need more than that--and apparently PJ does--you're not writing at the top of the form.In the case of this specific novel, there's much that appears movie-like; probably the author is aiming toward film, and who can blame him. Write a book, and you need to write another; write a film, and with luck--retire. Turns out, PJ's training was in film, and he has already written several films for others; and he is an aficianado of fancy fast cars. He's even given a couple police cruisers to Brighton, one painted with the his latest novel cover for colors. But there are huge differences between prose and film: for example, the car chase. Nothing more boring on the page. Granted, PJ has an early police speeding scene that holds attention, but ....I cannot recall any of the classics--Sayers, Christie, Donna Leon--using lots of body parts, though film and TV almost requires such.

  • Carey Combe
    2019-04-11 11:37

    Heard him being interviewed on Front Row - came across really well so I went and bought his books and not disappointed - yet! I really enjoyed this book, great characterization (baddies ridiculous, but as we don't really get to know them, believable), great story but it was spoilt by the blurb on the back which told you something that happened about three-quarters of the way through the book, so a lot of the suspense about what the bloke would do - tell or not tell the police - was taken away, which was a shame. Definitely read the rest.

  • Karen
    2019-04-08 16:43

    This second in the Roy Grace series did not hook me as much as the first one did. I would have given it 3.5 stars if halves were allowed! However since I did like the first one enough to give it 5 stars, I have bumped it up to 4 stars. That having been said.....this book seemed to not move along as well as the first, and there was a lot of meandering into useless information. Child abuse makes me very uncomfortable, even in a fiction novel, which may have colored my feelings for this book. It will not keep me from continuing with book three before long, though!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 17:40

    Was it me or were a few paragraphs just simply lifted from his first book? The bits about Roy Grace's wife Sandy? It was almost word for word. Also some of the details were plain wrong (Coming from Brighton I know!) I find James formulaic, pedantic, and unbelieveable. I am reading his next one, just because I am from Brighton, and it is nice to read about your home city... but as for the writing, the characters and the plot... BOOOO.

  • Colin Mitchell
    2019-04-02 19:00

    An excellent read. Good length, fast pace and difficult to put down.

  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    2019-04-21 13:37

    The second novel to feature Roy Grace. I enjoy the setting of these books because I love Brighton. The story was a bit hard to handle in places though, rather gruesome because it handles snuff movies.What would you do if someone left a computer CD on a train? Would you hand it into lost & found at the station, or to the police? Would you try using the CD to see what's on it? What if that CD led you to a website where you saw someone murdered and the people running that service knew you'd seen it and could find you and your family?It was an interesting story and as previously stated - it was gruesome (acid features quite prominently which reminded me a bit of Pulp Fiction).The more I read though the more I like Roy and he has a lot to contend with in this book. Under pressure from his seniors, he's under threat of being moved up north and an ex-colleague possibly coming to take over his current investigation (his trip to a psychic in the previous book puts that case in jeopardy and some high speed chases and crashes have caused problems). His one high point is a burgeoning romance with Cleo who works in the mortuary - they make a good couple.

  • Sally Eastwood
    2019-04-12 17:35

    I am realky starting to like Roy Grace and this series of books. I love that it is set in and around Brighton as I live in West Sussex and am amused to read about places I recognise and know. I look forward to reading more in the series and getting to grips with the whole Superintendent Grace and his team.

  • Elke Vekeman
    2019-04-03 11:39

    Het heeft veel langer geduurd om dit boek uit te krijgen omdat 1) het een papieren boek was en 2) ik veel dagen had waar ik niet kon doorlezen. Deze Peter James heeft me weer eens niet teleurgesteld: goed opgebouwd, subtiele humor en heel veel spanning! Er mocht naast mij een bom ontploft zijn tijdens het lezen van de laatste dertig pagina's, ik zou niet van mijn stoel gekomen zijn.

  • Dane Cobain
    2019-04-08 18:41

    It’s Roy Grace time again, and there’s no need to point out that I’ve been reading these out of order because I’m already aware of that. Luckily, they still work as standalones, and so it depends what kind of reader you are. Some people will want to read this in order; others, like myself, will prefer to read it by picking up a book at a time whenever you happen to see them in a charity shop. But either way, you should read them.Peter James’ books intrigue me, and after reading just a couple of them, I realised I’d have to slowly work my way through his back catalogue. As an author myself, I think part of this is because he’s very good but he’s also relatable. Unlike George R. R. Martin, for example, I think I could write like Peter James, if I put in the time and effort. I mean, I’d rather develop my own style, but the fact that I can almost see his thought process actually helps me to enjoy the book more.In this story, we follow what happens after a guy picks up a CD that somebody left behind on a train. He puts the CD into his computer, watches the footage that the CD contains, and finds himself witnessing a murder. But the murderer knows that the footage is being watched by someone who doesn’t have authorisation, and so they threaten retribution if it’s reported to the police.Meanwhile, Roy Grace is investigating a mutilated corpse that was discovered without its head, while simultaneously building a team around himself and routinely ruining their social lives by calling them in the middle of the night with new ideas about the case. Of course, that’s got nothing on what happens to Tom Bryce, the struggling businessman who discovers the CD in the first place.It’s a quirky little story line, and while James’s depiction of technology gets better and more astute throughout the series, he still does a good enough job here to draw the reader in and to start asking questions. And you get to see the darker side of humanity, the side that visits questionable websites and commits crimes to stop themselves from being bored.Overall, then, it’s an interesting little read, and a pretty good book to start with if you’re new to James’ work. In part, that’s because it’s near to the start of the series, and so you’ll be coming in at the beginning and you’ll get to see Grace’s team evolve over time. In fact, despite the fact that each of James’ books can work as a standalone, some of the later ones do contain spoilers that could hamper your enjoyment if you read them out of order.This isn’t my favourite Roy Grace novel, but it’s definitely up there. Even though it’s a little old now, it doesn’t feel dated, and if anything you can sense the freshness with which Peter James went about creating his characters even in the early days. It’s loads of fun to read.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-24 19:57

    Tom Bryce, company owner, picks up a CD on a train that somebody has left behind. Tom fully intends to hand the CD back to its rightful owner but before he does, he looks at the disc to see what is on there, which proves to be a huge mistake. He witnesses a murder on the CD but he is unsure what to do especially after the perpetrators realise he has the disc and they trace Tom. Tom has the support of his wife and he goes to the police, which has massive consequences for both him and his family.Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team have to establish the identity of the victim, establish the identities of the perpetrators and establish their motives as well as ensure the safety of the Bryce family. The book follows the investigation of this disturbing crime.This is the second book in the hugely popular Roy Grace series and picks up a matter of months following the events of ‘Dead Simple’. ‘Looking Good Dead’ seamlessly picks up where ‘Dead Simple’ left off.I really enjoyed this book. The book itself is really well written and structured. The chapters are written in such a way that you just have to read on & on. Peter James is a brilliant author, in that he describes events in such a way that you feel part of the team and as if the events he describes are happening right in front of you.Again the characters are well written and believable. Roy Grace is a man battling his own demons as his wife is still missing and his life is seemingly on hold until he finds a resolution to the situation. Roy’s best friend & colleague, Glen Branson is dedicated to his work but he is also a married family man. Glen’s wife is getting very upset with how his work takes over his life. It seems as though he has to work on improving on his work-life balance. Peter James writes about strong characters, who also have an air of vulnerability. The villains are shown to be crafty, sinister and downright creepy. The story starts off at a gentle pace but the drama & level of tension build until a dramatic and terrifying conclusion.In short I really did enjoy reading this book and would definitely recommend it to others. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this fantastic series.

  • Stephen Clynes
    2019-04-03 19:34

    Tom Bryce finds a CD on a train and inserts it into his laptop. Then the trouble starts and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is on the trail to solve a murder and more. This novel is set around Brighton and has a good plot with a plausible background. This entertaining story gives a nice insight into the work of the Police High Tech Crime Unit and how criminals may use computers. Looking Good Dead is another crime thriller in the DS Roy Grace series. Although the main character in this series is DS Roy Grace, it is all about networking and working as a team. Lots of favours are asked between various people, who respond and together save the day. There is a nice dry gallows humour between the Police Officers...A good choice of location for a safe house, Grace thought, except for one minor detail that appeared to have been overlooked. Who in their right bloody mind would put a paedophile in a house a few hundred yards away from a school playing field? He shook his head. Didn't anybody ever think?'Is Mr D'Eath expecting us?' Nicholl asked.'With morning coffee and a box of Under Eights I expect.' Norman Potting said, following this with a throaty chuckle....This book is a brilliant illustration of the wonders of team work. Without the flagging and passing on of tiny bits of information between many Police Officers, these crimes would not have been solved. Peter James is very good on police procedures in this book of 519 pages which was published in 2006. Looking Good Dead is a good story and I vote it 4 stars. This is a stand-alone novel, although reading it straight after Dead Simple, it is a seamless follow-on. I am a little disappointed at how much appeared to be brought over from Dead Simple, which is quite lazy as this was not new content. There is another dramatic ending in the style of an action hero movie. Looking Good Dead shows how ordinary acting and looking people could be involved in the darker side of society, without anyone suspecting.

  • Richard Thompson
    2019-04-19 12:00

    For sum reason I can't find an edition with the proper cover... oh well...We were underwhelmed with the first Roy Grace novel mostly because we didn't find any of the characters in any way likeable; but the plotting was solid so we decided to give the series a second chance. Second chance, last chance...In the second book, the one character we had some home for — DS Glenn Branson — turns into to complaining, out-of control idiot. He has taken a police fancy driving course, and practices by driving around Brighton like a maniac, endangering the public and his passengers. And he neglects his family. Almost to man/woman every police officer we meet hates the job, is cynical, snide and unfriendly. No one, including the victims, engages our sympathies. The plot is shaky on several levels. The author indulges in cheap-shot red herrings to keep the pot boiling — that business of Cleo and her "finance" for instance.We have just started reading the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. Hole is another character we shouldn't like — alcoholic, smokes, relationship challenged, but for some reason we do care for him. Maybe it is because he seems to be a better cop than Roy Grace. We read all the Rebus novels. We ranted at him, mentally kicked his fictitious butt, thanked out luck stars that we didn't have to have him over for dinner and still enjoyed the books. Harry Bosch... again a not very likeable guy who worked as an odd kind of hero. But Roy Grace just doesn't work. Interesting...

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-04-08 18:46

    I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed this book.I have read a lot of crime thrillers but rarely have I been as engrossed as I have with this one - and yet when I read a slagging of it on amazon (alan partridge writes a pot boiler!) I had to agree. I suppose the ending is abysmally bad.The second in the roy grace series.... we have a lot happening here. A young lawyer's body is hacked up and found in a field and a young family man finds a cd on a train, which when he loads into onto his computer stumbles on a snuff movie and is then threatened by the owners of the CD.Grace's characterisation - missing wife sandy, new affairs etc. is well written.The family man side of things is very well done. He has a failing business and a wife who spends all day at home drinking vodka and buying things they dont need on ebay - sounds like the life - is especially good. They are not painted in a particlalry good light but we still care for them a lot as they try to do the right thing but get punished for it.The investigation ploughs along and some of the critisms are valid - they are stockpile characters - with nerdy computer geeks, fat americans, dodgy europeans and none of them care a jot about their snuff movie business which is most unlikely.However, the ending is teriffic - where did they get a helicopter from to try and make their escape! Hilariously bad.As entertainment though - first class!

  • Sharon
    2019-04-06 14:55

    Having discovered two copies of this book on my bookshelf I figured it may be a good idea to read one of them! I have come to the Roy Grace series by Peter James a book late apparently, this being the second in the series although Looking Good Dead seems a perfectly good stand alone read, as the references to DS Grace's marriage and disappeared wife are referred to enough times throughout to know his background. Even though I did kind of enjoy this book, a have a lot of gripes about it as well. The first being (view spoiler)[ is it just me or is it about time that writers come up with something else apart from the 'meaningful object/clue' being inserted into any one of a number of the bodies orifice's to be discovered during the autopsy of victim??? It seems that it has got to the stage that everyone is trying to outdo themselves with the goriest or nastiest descriptions possible and I think enough is enough, surely - there is no shock value with it as it has been done to death (pardon the pun)(hide spoiler)]. There also seemed to be a lot of stereotyped characters here, both goodies,baddies, black, white and Eastern European. Then the ending - hmmm, well very conveniently everything happens to fall into place just in time.....and there I guess DS Roy Grace makes his way over to Book 3 in the series.......

  • Steve Cann
    2019-04-07 12:34

    I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in the Roy Grace series - the follow-up of course to the cracking 'Dead Simple'.When Tom Bryce takes home an unmarked CD disc that was left on a train seat & puts it into his computer, little does he know that what he finds on it will turn he & his family's lives upside-down... propelling them into a very dangerous & terrifying chain of events that will ultimately threaten their very lives.Once again, Peter really ramps up the tension as the story builds - all the while being played out against the backdrop of Roy Grace's own personal trials & tribulations. It's a real page turner, & takes the reader into the very murky world of 'snuff' videos & the world of those who create such thoroughly vile things.There aren't as many ingenious twists perhaps as Dead Simple, but we do once again get some wonderfully creative & macabre murder scenes, some deft touches of humour, & of course the excellent & thorough attention to the minutiae of police work which successfully serves to add an uncomfortable air of realism.Peter set his bar very high with the first Roy Grace book - but this is certainly a very worthy follow-up, & has many of the ingredients that made the Dead Simple such a captivating read. I'm now itching to read the next book & see what devilish plot he will devise next for Brighton's number one 'tec!