Dead If You Don’t

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In his deadliest case yet, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace faces a complex kidnapping in Dead If You Don’t, by award winning crime writer Peter James.

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck and is beginning to lose big style. Taking his teenage son, Mungo, to a football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

Within minutes of arriving at the game the boy suddenly disappears and Kipp gets a terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

Roy Grace is brought in to investigate what seems to be a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .

Although the Roy Grace novels can be read in any order, Dead If You Don’t is the fourteenth title in the bestselling series. Discover more of the Brighton detective’s investigations with Dead at First Sight and Find Them Dead.

Now a major ITV series, Grace, starring John Simm.

Critics Review

  • Peter James has penetrated the inner workings of police procedures, and the inner thoughts and attitudes of real detectives, as no English crime writer before him. His hero, Roy Grace, may not be the most lively cop, nor the most damaged by drink, weight or misery, but he’s one of the most believable

    The Times
  • Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business

    Karin Slaughter
  • James just gets better and better and deserves the success he has achieved with this first-class series

    Independent on Sunday
  • Meticulous research gives his prose great authenticity . . . James manages to add enough surprises and drama that by the end you’re rooting for the police and really don’t know if they will finally get their men

    Sunday Express
  • No one can deny James’s success as a crime novelist . . . The Grace stories almost always go to the top of the bestseller lists, not least because they are supremely well-told. James writes meticulously researched police procedurals, so informed that you can smell the canteen coffee . . . enthralling

    Daily Mail
  • In my thirty four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts “The Job“

    Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD

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