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Looking Good Dead [Paperback]

Peter James
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Dec 1 2006

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 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 - including his missing wife - to contend with. And from that moment, the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality - and a grisly attraction. Kellie and Tom’s deaths have already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead.

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Starred Review. British author James dreams up a horrific intersection of extreme perversion and Internet technology in his frightening, expertly constructed second Det. Supt. Roy Grace novel (after 2006's Dead Simple). London marketing exec Tom Bryce makes the mistake of popping a CD he found on the train into his computer: it logs him onto a snuff film Web site, where he watches helplessly as a beautiful woman is butchered. Soon thereafter, Grace and his partner, Det. Sgt. Glenn Branson, find the mutilated body of the victim, Janie Stretton, a law student from Brighton, whose murder reminds him of the unsolved disappearance of his wife, Sandy, nine years earlier. While the lawmen pursue elusive leads, Bryce draws the ire of the twisted criminals behind the Web site and sees his family's comfortable suburban life unravel. The rapid-fire suspense builds to a terrifying, graphic conclusion that leaves tantalizing room for future installments in the series. (Mar.)
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"'Destined for the bestsellers' Independent on Sunday 'A terrific tale of greed, seduction and betrayal' Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Dec 2 2013
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Book 2, in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series

This second novel is a wonderful follow up to the debut novel “Dead Simple” and has plenty of threads to connect the dots if you haven’t read it. Roy’s second outing is just as good, if not better than his first. The plot and pacing are simply terrific. There are plenty of farfetched scenes although terribly predictable will not disappoint, take the book for what it is and you will find it a rattling good read.

One of the pleasures of this book is Roy: a true professional at the top of his game, an intuitive policeman tormented by his wife disappearance, a man with a penchant for consulting clairvoyants on murder cases and one interesting distraction : his emerging romance with the local pathologist. What else do we want in a terrific protagonist?

This sharp and punchy sequel brings our troubled Brighton cop into the snuff world. The author particularly excels describing the very creepy villains that play roles in some of the scenes…The first murder comes early on- the brutal murder of an attractive junior lawyer broadcast over the internet. After picking up a discarded CD on a commuter train, Tom Bryce inserted it in his computer only to be shocked with what he witnessed. His brain said he was watching a movie but when her name showed up in the news he contacted the police and here the investigation began as Roy came into the picture……and we are left with sustained suspense throughout the pages till we reach the terrifying conclusion….

Once I started this book I had a hard time putting it down it was such a page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Peter James May 17 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought his first book, loved it.
This is the second in the series and just as good as the first one.
I have ordered the next four books.
I like how all the characters get introduced and then we see how they are intertwined.
And always something unsuspected happens.
His books are easy to read, and would want to keep reading to see what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Feb. 12 2011
Format:Paperback
Roy Grace is one of the best cop hero's today. I love reading his stories, and what he will do next. Will he ever find his wife, now there's a question. But maybe he won't have to. Read him, Peter James really has a handle on the police world. Keep them coming Peter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second in the Detective Superintendent Grace Novels Aug. 16 2007
By J. Chippindale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Peter James is the author of several very successful thrillers, two of which have been made into successful TV films. More are in production now. He was born in 1948 and educated at Charterhouse. He lives in Sussex near Lewes.

I had forgotten how refreshing it was to read a crime thriller by a British author with British people and British places. I am a little tired of reading about New York `cops' or small American towns that have no meaning to the average British reader.

Tom Brice was doing what he assumed any other law abiding citizen would do, trying to return someone's lost property to them. The CD had been left on the train seat next to his own and in attempting to return it to its rightful owner he becomes the sole witness to a vicious murder. Worse it yet to come his young family are threatened with violence of the worst kind if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder inquiry team that is headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. The police make all the right noises, but could this be the worst mistake Tom has ever made . . .
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls a bit flat. March 23 2009
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think that this may be the last Peter James detective novel that I attempt to read. Although his work gets quite good reviews from fans, I don't find them to be my cup of tea. This is my second attempt at a Roy Grace book, and the second time that I've wound up disappointed.

It *was* reasonably entertaining. I often found the prose awkward, but that's not so unusual in detective novels. Unfortunately, I found the plot sadly predictable, and that's much more difficult for me to forgive. James is a reasonable hand at character, which is the only reason that I'm wavering on giving up on his books. Can anyone recommend a Roy Grace book by him that they really like?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Good Dead March 15 2007
By Chris Hilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you can suspend disbelief and enjoy an entertaining yarn there is nothing wrong with this at all. It's well written, informed and right up-to-date. A gripping tale of ordinary people caught up, by chance, in a technological nightmare. Be careful of the websites you visit! Only the over-the-top ending prevented it earning 5 stars. Good fun.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an exciting sequel! April 21 2010
By Yolanda S. Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Picking up immediately after the events of _Dead Simple_, this book was a lot more thrilling. Many of the details that bogged down the first book were absent in this installment, making it a much faster-paced read. My only real complaint has not to do with the book itself, but with the rather faulty description on the back of the book. The back of the book heavily implies some actions in the book that do not happen... So, I really do NOT recommend reading that description first. It caused me to disconnect from some characters because of this description. I certainly will avoid reading any future descriptions put out by this publisher! Also, this series is very hard to find in the States, and while I would like to read the rest of the series, I fear it will be a slow process!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!! Nov. 7 2008
By Helen Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great 'do-as-they-say-and-protect-my-family-OR-do-what-is-right-and-inform-the-police' storyline.

I wondered if it was going to be a bit 'waffly' with it being over 500 pages but it wasn't and I absolutely flew through it.

The murders were shocking enough to satisfy the gruesome but realistic enough to be scary and believable. How anonymous the Internet can be...and how your computer can both access information yet also have it's hard drive destroyed in seconds.

There is also a subplot where Detective Tom Bryce is contemplating a new relationship..ten years after his wife Sandy disappeared. This was nicely done and I'm looking forward to seeing how this develops in his next novel.
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