Carroll & Graf, Hardcover, 9780786716418, 336pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2006
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 Gracehimself dealing with the pain of losing his wifeis 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 faithfulnessnot to mention her increasingly mysterious pastare suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man's disaster is another man's fortune.
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.