DEAD MAN’S FOOTSTEPS (Roy Grace #4) by Peter James
5th December 2008, Pan Macmillan
“Abby stepped in the lift and the doors closed with a sound like a shovel smoothing gravel. She breathed in the smell of someone else’s perfum, and lemon-scented cleaning fluid. The lift jerked upwards a few inches. And now, too late to change her mind and get out, with the metal walls pressing in around her, they lunged sharply downwards. Abby was about to realize she had just made the worst mistake of her life . . . ”
Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne’er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifetime, to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later, the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman’s body in a storm drain in Brighton, leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton.
From the 1st page of this book you are hooked. I loved the way it switched from 2001 to 2007. As a reader you know they will be linked but I was sat on the edge of my seat to see how all the roads came together.
Based in 3 countries, the U.K, New York and Australia this book is never boring. All I wanted to do was just keep reading, every chapter seemed to have another cliffhanger.
I also liked that this book was based around stamps. I know next to nothing about stamps and their value so it was great to read a little about it. I found it quite an interesting subject to write a crime novel around but it really helped to make it feel fresh and enjoyable.
Roy Grace is very likeable as a main character. He has flaws like any human but I feel that makes him seem more human and definitely easier to resonate with. His personal life seems to get put on the back burner in this instalment but it is mentioned and I feel may get more intriguing in the rest of the books.
Lots of our favourite side characters are back too. Glenn Branson seems to get more of a involvement in this book as we see him grow as a detective. We are also introduced to Cassian Pewe who I feel we will grow to dislike as the books progress.
Lastly we need to talk about that ending! I can imagine if you read this when it was first released you would have thrown this book at the wall, i nearly did and that was knowing I have book 5 ready and waiting
What a sentence to end with! I hope book 5 has some answers to follow that on.
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