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Title:
Want you dead
Author:
James, Peter, 1948- , author.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
405 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"Single girl, 33, redhead and smouldering, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and--who knows--more maybe? In Peter James' Want You Dead, thirty-year old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy, by fire, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved--and then her, too. It's up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it's too late"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250030207
Format :
Book

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Single girl, 29, redhead and smouldering, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and-who knows-more maybe?

In Peter James' Want You Dead, Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and with police support, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved-and then her, too. It's up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it's too late...


Author Notes

Peter James was born in Brighton, England on August 22, 1948. He graduated from Ravensbourne Film School and worked as screen writer and film producer for several years. He began his writing career in 1979 and has written over 25 books including Dead Letter Drop, Twilight, Host, Alchemist, The Perfect Murder, Perfect People, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series. He won the UK Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger award in 2016. The Diamond Dagger is awarded to writers whose careers are `marked by sustained excellence¿, and who have `made a significant contribution to crime writing published in the English language¿. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by CWA members.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this tenth entry in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, Grace is preparing for his wedding to Cleo. His long-missing wife, Sandy, has been declared dead, but is she? Meanwhile, Grace must deal with protecting Red Cameron, a young woman being stalked by her ex, Bryce Laurent, a brilliant psychopath. Red's mother hired a private detective and found out that Laurent had lied about pretty much everything in his past. Laurent has some serious skills, including pyrotechnics, bomb building, close-up magic, and high-tech expertise beyond that of the police. Red, a real-estate agent, knows she's being stalked but refuses to move, suggesting that she may be too stupid to live. Nevertheless, she gets through her days while Laurent plans her demise, frightening her on a regular basis and not caring how many die as he destroys everything and everyone she holds dear. Short chapters help make the pages fly, and the suspense builds strongly until the finale.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

British author James's 10th novel featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team (after 2013's Dead Man's Time ) is an adroit study of obsession and revenge. Bryce Laurent, a violent narcissist who can't bear to see ex-girlfriend Red Westwood dating someone else, rents an apartment nearby, and spies on her using the night-sights of his crossbow and several bugging devices. Shortly after Red's new boyfriend, Dr. Karl Murphy, fails to show up for a date, the police question her about his disappearance, while also enquiring after Laurent, against whom Red has a restraining order. When a group of golfers discover a badly burned corpse, Grace gets on the case. The author is unflinching in his descriptions of domestic abuse, and paints a vivid picture of Brighton with daily life punctuated by cigarettes, booze, and greasy food. A subplot involving Grace's vanished wife, Sandy, will please series regulars. Agent: Carole Blake, Blake Friedmann Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Red Cameron's most recent pick on the online dating circuit-handsome, rich, charming Bryce Laurent-is indeed too good to be true. In fact, as their relationship blossoms, the truth about Bryce's past begins to emerge and disturbing patterns of anger and obsession are revealed. With help from the police, Red evicts Bryce from her flat and begins life anew. But he will not go away. Refusing to accept her rejection, he begins to systematically destroy everything and everyone close to her. The police are thwarted at every turn, and Bryce is tantalized and excited by his deadly game. It's up to DS Roy Grace and his team to apprehend Bryce before Red becomes his ultimate victim. Verdict James's ninth Roy Grace outing (after Dead Man's Time) is thriller writing at its best! This true page-turner by a master of suspense will leave his loyal readers begging for more.-Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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