Dead Simple by Peter James

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Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now, Ashley, his fiancée. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It's all in good fun — payback for the grief his mates suffered due to his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is until the four are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael completely alone and buried alive.

Detective Superintendent Grace—himself dealing with the pain of losing his wife—is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael's only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate, and Ashley's faithfulness—not to mention her increasingly mysterious past—are suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man's disaster is another man's fortune.
 

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Peter James is a noted crime writer in the UK and an internationally known film producer. He was the executive producer of the recent film adaptation of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. This is his first novel in a series to feature Detective Superintendent Grace.
 
Published September 9, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History. Fiction

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Tony’s controlling mother Fernanda, whose jailed father is “the New York Godfather” and whose husband Lou is the Mob’s chief banker, flies in from Long Island to wail, gnash her teeth and offer a $100,000 reward for the identification (not, be it noted, the capture and conviction) of her son’s ki...

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In short order, Tom gets an email with a dire warning from Scarab Productions: If he tries to open the program or contact the producers or the police, he’ll be killed along with his wife and children.

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Grace is one of the more dryly straightforward, wrinkle-free detectives in British crime fiction, and James does little with the supporting cast to add color.

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The return of a Brighton girl who made it big spells nothing but trouble for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his colleagues in the Sussex Police (Dead Man’s Grip, 2011, etc.).

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But for every bona-fide clue as to the whereabouts of the successful developer, Grace has to wade through lots of revelations that give him a bad feeling—the Cayman Islands account Michael shared with his partner Mark Warren, the false notes Grace picks up at the aborted wedding—that don’t seem t...

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Peter James' style of writing is becoming a little tiresome in that here, as in former books, it skips around all over the place - rather like Jodi Picoult's work does.

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