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Publisher's Summary

From the ashes of mass destruction....

Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

Six years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton.

Dead Man's Footsteps is the fourth novel in the multi-million copy best-selling Roy Grace series, from number one author Peter James.

©2008 Really Scary Books / Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Lesley
  • 2009-04-15

Bewdy bottler bonza Ozzie accents - mate :)

Ronnie, an Underbelly spiv from the UK seaside town of Brighton is about to lose the lot. He himself, has disposed of some of his assetts and it seems that reposession agents are to take his car, his house and various other assets. His 'schemes' have let him down. He makes a last ditch attempt to pitch a new scheme to an American contact and maybe, just maybe save his little empire. The pitch is to be made at a meeting set in one of the twin towers New York on the fateful 9/11. The devastation of 9/11 ends Ronnies chances and he swings into a whole new escape plan... he will disappear... die in the disaster... and reappear somewhere else as a new man with just a few remaining assets (fabulous stamp collections) to set himself up as a new man.
The weaving and diving required to achieve this leads investigators from Brighton England to the US and to Australia. Urgency becomes the word as the plot twists and snakes towards its climax.
Believable plot. Characters fleshed out just enough for me to empathise with some and dislike others. Narration was great except the particular Australian accent the reader used hasn't been heard out here in Oz since the 1950s and some of the action took place at Geelong which we pronounce Gee (up neddy) long Geelong not ghee (indian oil) long Gheelong.... just a little giggle there. oh and while we're at it ... Melbourne is pronounced Melbun out here in Oz
Back to the book... a good romp along story . Most enjoyable.

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  • Dottie B.
  • 2011-03-07

Good book and great reader

I had read another of Peter James's book, Dead Like You, and I like this a good bit better. This one clipped along at a faster, more interesting pace. And the reader sounds like Neil Gaiman whom I adore!
As I said about Dead Like You, Mr. James is a bit fascinated with urine-soaked clothing, but less so in this book than Dead Like You.
I think it's worth reading. I plan to give one more of his books a try to see if I want to listen to all of them!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2012-12-03

Good story but.......

Where does Dead Man's Footsteps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first audiobook I have listened to so I will have to give it a high rating with nothing to compare it to.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat but I was certainly anxious to find out what was going to happen.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last sentence of the book grabbed me hard as I was not expecting it.

Any additional comments?

I love Peter James' books and am trying to go through them in order which is why I had to get this one on audiobook as well as the next one. Neither of those is availale on Kindle. Be that as it may, this book grabbed me as they all do, however, I thought it was too long. I could have done without the long elevator scene and all the happenings in NY on 911. I think some of that was absolutely necessary for the plot but after a while it began to drag. I was beginning to wish the elevator cable would just go on and snap. Still, it was a good book and I particularly enjoyed the reader. His different voices and accents helped bring the book alive.

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  • ReadersinVA
  • 2011-02-20

Good listen

A satisfying read - fast paced and with largely credible characters. It's a story with several narrative threads that the author takes time to weave together but works well.

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  • Regina
  • 2015-11-15

Dead hard to follow

I like Peter James' "Dead" series, but this one had problems. First, there were many different plots that eventually came together. Also, lots of skipping around from past to present. Making these difficulties more so is the odd sequencing of the recording. It tracks back not one chapter but 10 chapters. Yes, there's no way to go back and listen to what you missed without going way, way back. Very annoying. I almost returned this book but hung with it and ended up liking it, but this was a rough ride. Good narrator.

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  • Suzn F
  • 2011-08-21

a 3.5 if I could

This book maintains interest. The characters are interesting and the plot moves along at a decent pace. A few unbelievable turns but overall a very good read!

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  • angela yardy
  • 2020-03-24

Great book

Excellent complex story right to the end. Keeps you on edge to the very last word. A good example of the proverb “ Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”

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  • Kiri
  • 2020-01-09

Good story but performance is questionable

The narrator does British accents fine but his foreign accents are ear-bleedingly awful. Really distracting and painful to listen to.

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  • Josee
  • 2019-10-11

Good story with awful Aussie accent

Another good plot in the Roy Grace series but listening to the Australian parts was unbearable. Caricature accent a la Crocodile Dundee and it might have been a good idea to find out how Australians pronounce Melbourne and Geelong.

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  • Ms
  • 2018-11-21

Accents and place names

I get it that accents are hard - if you can’t do the accent, don’t. Just say “he said in his Australian accent” and then speak normally. The narrator’s Australian accent was so far off, it was really irritating (and actually sounded patronising, though I’m sure this was not the intent).
If the place names in the book are real, please pronounce them properly - it’s easy to look it up. Geelong, Barwon, Pentagon (the building in USA, not the shape) and Melbourne.
That said, the narration was mostly fine. The story was great.