Dead Man's Grip

Dead Man's Grip
Peter James
Reviewed by Jason Bull
Macmillan
Thu, 26/05/2011
9780230747258
£18.99

The ramifications of a fatal road traffic collision in Brighton upon the life of young professional Carly Chase provide the perhaps unpromising premise of Dead Man's Grip, the seventh DS Roy Grace novel by Peter James. The author exhibits an impressive knowledge of the peculiarities of contemporary British policing in a tautly-plotted tale concentrating on a realistically gritty and unglamorous Brighton, but also taking in rich New Yorkers with mafia connections and—the darkest character in the book—a man called Tooth.

James has travelled and researched widely and the chapters set in America convince as much as the ones set in Brighton—although the descriptions of a wet, dour Brighton are possessed of an utterly ineffable resonance.

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