Dead like you. No not as a result of my fitness resolution.


My latest read was Dead Like You by Peter James. This is one of his Roy Grace Novels.

dead-like-you-500I first heard of Roy Grace on Books +  on the ABC radio national.  There was an interview with the author and I was enticed to read his first book – Dead Simple.  You can download the interview here.  I loved the book and have since been looking for others in the series, which all have “dead” in the title.

I have yet to find the numbers 2-5.  I have now started Not Dead Yet which is the eighth book.

Dead Like You is the sixth in the series.  When I started the book I thought I had already read it but on getting further into the book I realised that the book I had read was one called  Fetish by an Australian author, Tara Moss.  That book also dealt with a shoe fetish.

From the book jacket.

The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender …

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises 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 five women before murdering his sixth 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. And that by delving back into the past – a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still apparently happy together – he may 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 sixth victim …

I loved the way the book included Twitter and Facebook as relevant aspects of the plot and I liked the way he alternated  crimes of the past with this particular set of crimes NOW.  All crimes in some way linked to Roy Grace.

There is an excellent review of the book here.

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