Dead Man's Time
Dead Man's Time
By Peter James
Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9781250030184, 416pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
In Dead Man's Time, the latest from international bestselling author Peter James, Roy Grace finds himself up against that most dangerous of all adversaries a man with fury in his heart who has nothing to lose.
New York, 1922. Five-year-old Gavin Daly and his seven-year-old sister, Aileen, are boarding the SS Mauretania to Dublin and safety. Their mother has been shot and their Irish mobster father abducted. Suddenly, a messenger hands Gavin a piece of paper on which are written four names and eleven numbers, a cryptic message that will haunt him all his life, and his father's pocket watch. As the ship sails, Gavin watches Manhattan fade into the dusk and makes a promise, that one day he will return and find his father.
Brighton, 2012. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates a savage burglary in Brighton, in which an old lady is murdered and 10m of antiques have been taken, including a rare vintage watch. To Grace's surprise, the antiques are unimportant to her family it is the watch they want back. As his investigation probes deeper, he realizes he has kicked over a hornets nest of new and ancient hatreds. At its heart is one man, Gavin Daly, the dead woman's ninety-five-year-old brother. He has a score to settle and a promise to keep both of which lead to a murderous trail linking the antiques world of Brighton, the crime fraternity of Spain's Marbella, and New York.
Roy Grace, in a race against the clock to stop another killing, has met his most dangerous adversary yet.
Praise for Dead Man's Time: "Few authors can dish out thrills and suspense as readily as James, and his ninth DS Roy Grace procedural is heady proof. Nonstop action . . . perfect for Gangs of New York fans." —Library Journal
"Increasingly deserves to be measured against the best in the genre." —Kirkus
"All wittily told." —RT Book Reviews 'Top Pick!' "Tightly-plotted and historically accurate, Dead Man's Time is a wild ride through past and present." —CurledUp.com Praise for Not Dead Yet: "James really knows how to plot a procedural thriller, and he enjoys a sly joke." —The New York Times Book Review
"James writes his books in crisp, short chapters that hop in and out of myriad characters' minds . . . Convuluted plots and wildly inventive homicidal setups in rich supply." —Houston Chronicle "James continues to impress with his great imagination, conjuring up grisly murders and improbable crime scenes." —RT Book Reviews "A finish you'll never see coming . . . Recommended." —Midwest Book Review