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Dead Man's Time by Peter James
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Dead Man's Time (2013)

by Peter James

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The usual high standard of police procedural, which interestingly includes a historical link back to the gangs of New York in the 1920s. The only negative for me is the continuing saga of Roy Grace's long missing wife, who appears to have managed to obtain a false passport and build up considerable assets in Munich, which stetches credibility, given she supposedly disappeared without trace (and finances as I recall). ( )
  edwardsgt | Aug 13, 2018 |
This book starts with a short prologue set in 1920's New York City. A very young brother and sister are spared after their mother is shot and their father kidnapped. Their father was associated with an Irish gang and it's likely he's been killed. The children are taken to back to Ireland by their aunt, but before they board the ship, someone gives the young boy his father’s pocket watch and a series of numbers. He vows to return one day and find his father.

Fast forward about 85 years and DS Roy Grace is investigating the home invasion murder of an older woman. It's not hard to guess that she's the young girl from the prologue. Her brother, now in his 90s doesn't care about the millions of dollars of antiques that have been stolen. They've also stolen his father's watch, their priceless family heirloom, and the only thing they have to remind them of their former life. He's rich and powerful and plans to get it back even it means lying to Grace to keep him from finding the murderer first. In addition to investigating the murder, Roy is trying to cope with becoming a new father. He can't sleep and his relationship with his girlfriend, Cleo, has become more difficult. He's also unaware that a nasty criminal named Amis Smallbone is preparing to harm Cleo and the baby.

The plotting is tight and the tension is well done. There are several red herrings that makes it an interesting story for any crime fan. DS Roy Grace and his team are great characters and the story of what happened to the watch and what it means was quite intriguing. It's a real page turner and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. ( )
1 vote Olivermagnus | Jul 10, 2016 |
It was great to be back with this series and I galloped through this book. An interesting story which had much of its root cause in incidents that happened in Brooklyn ninety years before when a mother was murdered and a father was abducted. Towards the last 100 pages I could not put it down and despite having work the next morning had to read on past midnight to get to the resolution of the book. I do love this series, which is set in Brighton (on the south coast of England) and a good group of characters have been brought together, but the author has also refreshed it with a new member of the team. For those of you that have followed the series a shocking development happened in the life of one of the main characters (staying mum!). It was also interesting to see how having a young baby affected Roy Grace in his job! If you haven't read this series I do recommend it, especially if you enjoy feeling part of the investigation process. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
I love mysteries that dig into the past, and this one has a sad and compelling event - the murder of a young boy's parents in 1920's Brooklyn - at its center. The plot is complicated, in a good way - you do need to pay attention. The villains are really nasty, but the central characters are very likable and realistic. You also learn a bit about antiques and vintage watches. Peter James is well worth reading. ( )
  DowntownLibrarian | Apr 19, 2014 |
Book number 9 in the series swings between Brighton and New York, present day and 1922 and plays against an historicaly true back story. The main characters are now well defined and provide additionalinterest. The story itself is good, although not up there with the best un this series ( )
  PIER50 | Mar 10, 2014 |
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For Pat Lanigan. This book would never have happened without your generosity in sharing your family history with me.
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"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"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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