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Publisher's Summary

Renowned for being a master of suspense, Peter James delivers the third installment in his hugely successful Roy Grace series. Masterfully narrated by David Bauckman, Not Dead Enough is sure to leave your hackles raised.

Appearances can be deceptive; but the truth is a dangerous thing....

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that's the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful socialite, Katie Bishop.

Roy Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once. Has someone stolen his identity or is he simply a very clever liar?

As Roy Grace digs deeper behind the façade of the Bishops' outwardly respectable lives, it becomes clear that everything is not at all as it first seemed. Then he digs just a little too far, and suddenly the fragile stability of his own troubled world is facing destruction....

Not Dead Enough is the third best-selling title in the Roy Grace series from the number one best-selling author Peter James.

©2007 Really Scary Books/Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Lia
  • 2019-07-28

Too Silly Even For Fiction

I have read two of his previous books (Dead Simple and Dead Mans Footsteps) and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one, however, I thought was too long (about 100 pages) and too wordy. It wasn't hard to figure out who did it as you went along.

His Roy Grace books are long, detailed, slow, and, at least here, predictable. There are major clues in plain sight which this supposedly intelligent detective really ought not to miss, but does. Far too often I found myself shouting “get on with it” as James goes into excruciating detail on police or forensic procedure. How many times do we need to read the police caution? I see other reviewers have also found this book too long.

It becomes clear quite early on that the classic plot device of identical twins is being deployed, however, I suspect that using identical triplets is a new device and a step too far. While it become apparent around two-thirds of the way through that there are triplets, it takes Grace far to long to come around even to the idea of twins and the thought of triplets is beyond his imagination. It becomes too silly even for fiction.

David Bauckham was excellent with the delivery of the story

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  • l.u
  • 2013-02-27

seriously in need of a good editor

There is too much description of every kind.Chapter 91 and still on day 3 of murder enquiry, which is hardly touched on.

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  • Andrew
  • 2011-11-09

Great story and fantastic listen.

This was the first Peter James novel I had listened to. Before discussing the book, David Bauckham's voice characterisations are amazing. He gives it everything, going from plummy voiced financial advisor to delinquent drug dealer and his hilarious girlfriend with obvious relish. The book is brought alive by this. The story itself is thoroughly enjoyable, although it has weak sections, and the "twist" is painfully obvious. The characters are marvellous though, and most of the story is rivetting, well told, and there's enough action and suspense to keep it going. Not PJ's best, but a really, really good listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-03-01

okay

The story was okay, the vehicle a little dented and used , but well written and decent listen for the credit.

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  • Karen Simon Peterson
  • 2016-01-18

Not my favorite.....

Although I love the Roy Grace series and all of the recurring characters, this one just wasn't my favorite. I started reading the series in the middle, read to the last book at that time and now I've started filling in the ones I missed. This one was just too easy to figure out.

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  • Timothy
  • 2008-04-23

always a good listen

some predictable moments but overall a good listen and worth the time and credit

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  • Mariana
  • 2010-08-19

Unique

I enjoyed this book, never did I expected the end. Had to listen to it twice...

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  • Laura
  • 2008-09-08

Difficult

First, I feel obligated to say, I absolutely couldn't get through this entire audiobook. I tried more than once, because at first I just thought the accents were throwing me off. Then I realized, it's just boring. I found myself truly wanting something interesting to happen, and when it did, it didn't last long. I finally just couldn't waste anymore time. It was just to difficult.

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  • Rachel I. Bliss
  • 2017-07-02

Graphic

As a mystery lover I'm disappointed that this potentially great story line was so heavily polluted by graphic scenes - violence, sex, language and gore - that I just had to give up on it. Good stories aren't made better by gross or pornographic filth.

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  • Catricia
  • 2022-03-01

Good story but a bit obvious

I quite enjoyed this book but found the thread of misogyny constantly irritating. It feels very dated: women are seen mainly in terms of physical attributes. And the descriptions of dead(female) bodies are quite detailed and a bit grisly. I’m guessing the author is a chap of a ‘certain age’. The narrator did a good job apart from the occasional error.