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Dead Simple par [James, Peter]
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British author James's far-fetched but terrifying thriller is the first of a new series featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace. Michael Harrison, a successful real estate developer with a penchant for practical jokes, gets a horrible taste of his own medicine. As a prank, four of his friends bury Michael alive in a coffin equipped with a breathing tube and a bottle of whiskey and leave him, ostensibly for a couple of hours. But when their van crashes head-on into a truck and three of them are killed (the fourth dies later "in hospital"), Michael is trapped. His cell phone doesn't work, but he does have a two-way radio whose companion is in the hands of Davey, a mentally challenged young man who finds the phone near the scene of the accident. Grace, a detective with a taste for the supernatural (he uses mediums to help him solve crimes), gets on the case and discovers just how devious Michael's friends have been. The "buried alive" trope is undeniably powerful, and Grace shows promise as a hero—but the crime and the plot surrounding Michael's plight are just too cumbersome and transparent to really engage the reader.
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James, the executive producer of the recent film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, brings his filmic talent to a suspense tale that is almost excruciatingly easy to visualize. His opening premise is startlingly simple, that of the trickster tricked. Four friends celebrate one of their members' impending marriage by embarking on a pub crawl through several Sussex villages. What the groom-to-be doesn't realize is that his pals plan to play a payback prank on him by burying him alive (with a breathing tube and a walkie-talkie) for a couple hours. They leave the scene and are killed by an oncoming vehicle. Enter Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, assigned to investigate the missing-bridegroom case. Grace finds the case difficult, both because of the dearth of clues and because of his own wife's disappearance some years before. Achingly well plotted, with suspense that has no letup. Connie Fletcher
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1061 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 484 pages
  • Editeur : Pan; Édition : New edition (4 septembre 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0330434195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330434195
  • ASIN: B003GK21VW
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très bon thriller, scénario bien ficelé, bien écrit sans temps mort ni digressions inutiles. le "héro" est attachant et j'ai beaucoup aimé l'atmosphère très britannique actuelle.
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Again, I’ve run out of new science fiction so I decided to try one of my wife’s favourite detective thriller authors. This is the first book in the James’ Roy Grace series and it is brilliant! The plot twists & turns all over the place and it piles along at a breakneck pace before coming to a most satisfactory conclusion. It is evident that the author takes his craft very seriously; the characters are well drawn and plausible, the police procedural stuff seems very well observed and his knowledge of Brighton and its surroundings gives the novel atmosphere and a real sense of place. The only very slight criticism is the occasional American’ism (e.g. flashlight) grates a bit but this by no means detracts from the quality of the writing. Cracking stuff – I’ll definitely be reading another once I’ve gobbled up the next consignment of sci-fi.
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I really struggled to finish this ... I can't understand why it is so popular. Didn't catch on with characters at all.
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Another book i am satisfied with .I choose my books carefully and i seem to be rewarded with the service and quality of the books i receive.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kept me guessing from start to finish 20 décembre 2016
Par bookishmommy - Publié sur
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As a Peter James newbie, I have to say after reading Dead Simple, I'm now a huge fan of both Peter James and Roy Grace. From start to finish, this book kept me guessing and turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. The book begins with a group of friends celebrating Michael Harrisons stag night. What begins as a revenge prank turns into something much more sinister. With 4 dead, and another death looming, the questions build in this fast paced race to save a life. Roy Grace becomes the detective in charge of Harrisons disappearance and everything you thought was going to happen, doesn't. Grace is a veteran detective who occasionally uses some unconventional methods for solving his crimes. I also enjoyed James accurate descriptions of police protocol and procedures. Roy Grace is a character you come to love and the villains...well, Peter James does a great job making sure they're hateable. (Made that word up)
James does a great job keeping this thriller fresh and unpredictable. Dead Simple is the first book in the Roy Grace series and it definitely leaves you wanting more. I'm so happy there are many books in this series.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Roy Grace Gets My Vote 22 juillet 2016
Par D. R. Ransdell - Publié sur
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I heard Peter James talk at the Bristol Crimefest last May. (The Crimefest was lots of fun--good speakers, relatively small conference.) People love this guy! And as he spoke, I could understand why. He seemed really cool, nice, interested in readers. He told interesting stories about how he first made an acquaintance with a cop---his place was broken into! And he would up being friends with the detective. Anyway, the main point is that he has a huge, loyal following, esp. for the Roy Grace series. Fellow friends at the conference told me to start with the first book, Dead Simple.

It had good tension and followed several interesting characters. About halfway through I started skipping some of the description--I didn't need to know quite that many details, but I was interested enough to follow the storyline and stayed up late a couple of nights to get to a "good" stopping point.

Roy Grace himself is interesting, quirky, and reasonable--most of the time, which is what makes him interesting. I will definitely read the second book in the series. I'm not sure I have the stamina for all of them, but let's see!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense Thriller From Start To Finish 3 juillet 2015
Par JohnnyApril - Publié sur
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What starts out as a revenge prank suddenly turns into a thriller. That is the basis of Peter James’ first book in the series of Roy Grace, Dead Simple. The prank in this case is four friends of Michael Harrison locking him in a coffin during a drunken spree, which leads to the four friends being killed while Michael is in a coffin, days away from an uncertain death.
Roy Grace is the detective who has to find Michael but what he doesn’t know is that the prank has led to more questions from Michael’s friends, leaving the reader to wonder if any of Michael’s friends are trustworthy. All this seems to make it even harder for Grace to figure out what happened to Michael.
There are several things that make this book even more dynamic. Peter James writes from different points of view in the book, that being the criminals, the victim, and the police. By doing this, James fills the book with even more suspense since the characters drive the story, making me wonder what was going to happen next.
Another great point of creating multiple points of view made the characters even more memorable because the characters are more developed. People might argue that the point of view switches too much but in this book, it’s still easy to follow since Dead Simple is more of a thriller than along with being a mystery. I have read books in multiple viewpoints. Some were done well. Others weren’t. In Dead Simple, it was a great part of the story.
Some people on Kindle may feel differently about this, as well as Grace’s involvement with a Medium. That made the book better for me since I’m a big fan of the TV series, Medium, and other TV shows of that nature.
I have to say that this was one of the best books I have read this year based on the unique type of plot and the multiple viewpoints, which in this case gave the story a tremendous amount of suspense. I wish I can give this book more than five stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 First in the Series 17 janvier 2011
Par John R. Lindermuth - Publié sur
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A get-even prank on the stag night before his wedding has Michael Harrison, a wealthy property developer, buried alive in a coffin and fighting for his life as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace leads the search for the missing young man.

Despite the bride-to-be's displays of grief and concern, Grace has a gut feeling she isn't being entirely truthful with him.

James' interest in the paranormal is brought in early on and there's a car chase, if you like those things. Overall, it's an okay thriller. This was the first in the author's Roy Grace series and it's an excellent place to start if you haven't read any of the others. Just when you think you know where the story is going, James adds another twist that will have you scratching your head and turning pages to see what comes next.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 because of the terrible writing. I did think the story line was ... 21 mai 2015
Par CTS - Publié sur
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I have now read several of Peter James' Inspector Grace novels. I was almost completely put off by this, the first one, because of the terrible writing. I did think the story line was interesting - not necessarily the plot line - so I went on. It seems Mr. James has either learned the basics of English grammar or has found an editor. This is good. Nonetheless, the subsequent books are still deeply flawed.

1) Mr. James, editor or not, still constructs some of the worst sentences I have read outside undergraduate papers.
2) Each book is laden with pages of boilerplate from earlier books. I understand that a series author wants to inform newcomers - who are reading the books out of order - of certain basics, but I would hope a creative writer might change up some descriptive passages for readers of previous books. I regularly skip the descriptions of the crime center, Grace's colleagues, and the locale.
3) A good writer avoids repetition within a single volume. James does not do this. 'Seriously' seems to be his favorite adjective: seriously big breasts, seriously horny, seriously aroused, seriously whatever. Along the same lines, it seems that Brits think "Oh sit, s***, s***" whenever alarmed. About to be murdered? "Oh, s***, s***, s***." About to be found out as a criminal? "Oh s***, s***, s***." Realizing one might have mad a faux paux with a prospective love interest? "Oh s***, s***, s***." And so on.

Again, the story ideas are good. They need a better writer to make them work. There are so many good - really good- writers who author mysteries. This is not one of them.
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