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Dead Like You (Detective Superintendent Roy Grace)by Peter James
Synopses & Reviews
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is forever haunted by the unexplained disappearance of his wife, Sandy, nearly ten years ago. Ever since she went missing, he's been consumed with finding out what happened to her. Finally, he may be moving on. He has fallen in love and is going to marry his girlfriend, Cleo, who is pregnant with their child.
But his life is put on hold when, after a wild New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her hotel room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by their attacker. Grace soon realizes that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed "Shoe Man" and was believed to have raped four women before murdering his fifth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?
When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. By delving back into the past—a time when Sandy was still in his life—he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim, as he struggles with a chapter in his life he thought he had put behind him at last.
Dead Like You is Peter James at his best—"Possibly the most engrossing thriller since The Silence of the Lambs" (Washington Post Book World).
"Det. Supt. Roy Grace and his major crimes team discover disturbing similarities between two Brighton rapes in the thrilling sixth entry in James's popular U.K. crime series (Dead Simple, etc.). In particular, the rapist used the women's shoes to violate his victims. In 1997, a similar series of rapes occurred in Brighton, committed by someone known only as the 'Shoe Man.' The Shoe Man had five confirmed victims, but Grace always suspected that 22-year-old Rachael Ryan, who disappeared soon after the rapes ceased in 1997, was the Shoe Man's only murder victim. Grace's failure to find Rachael's body has haunted him since. James ably shifts between the present-day investigation, with its numerous suspects, who all appear guilty of something, and the earlier inquiry. The disappearance a decade earlier of Grace's wife, Sandy, is another ongoing mystery that will leave readers eager for the next installment. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a New Years Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims shoes are taken by the offender….Detective Superintendent Roy Grace realizes these cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes from 1997. Could this be a copycat, or has the perpetrator dubbed “Shoe Man” resurfaced?
Grace is forced to delve into his shattered past—a time before his beloved wife went missing and his world was destroyed—to find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new, fifth victim….
About the Author
PETER JAMES is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series with over 13 million copies sold all over the world. His novels have been translated into thirty-three languages and three have been filmed. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes. He lives in England.
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