Dead Man’s Footsteps (Roy Grace #4) by Peter James

“Abby stepped in the lift and the doors closed with a sound like a shovel smoothing gravel. She breathed in the smell of someone else’s perfume, and lemon-scented cleaning fluid. The lift jerked upwards a few inches. And now, too late to change her mind and get out, with the metal walls pressing in around her, they lunged sharply downwards. Abby was about to realize she had just made the worst mistake of her life . . . “

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 lifetime, 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.

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There was so much happening during this book it was hard to keep track of all of the story lines at the beginning.

  1. In present day, Roy Grace is investigating a body found in a storm drain. The body resembles Roy’s wife that disappeared years ago.
  2. Also in present day, Abby is trapped in an elevator. Abby is not who she seems to be and looks to be hiding something.
  3. A couple in Australia stumble upon a car at the bottom of a lake.
  4. On September 11, 2001, Ronnie Wilson is getting ready for a business meeting in one of the twin towers.

For the majority of the novel, I had no idea how these storylines were going to come together. I loved in the end how they were woven together and the connection between the characters.

I really like the main character in the series, Roy Grace, but I’m a bit tired of the disappearance of his wife, Sandy. With every book, there is a big debate if she is dead or alive that never seems to go anywhere.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I enjoyed this 4th novel of the series, much more than the 2nd and 3rd novels. I can’t wait to read more!

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22 thoughts on “Dead Man’s Footsteps (Roy Grace #4) by Peter James

  1. Great review, this book looks and sounds absolutely amazing and very intriguing. I’m glad you are enjoying the series so far, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book series on my radar.

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  2. I liked the sound of this book so much and your review because surely I hadn’t overlooked this author. I had, he is a new author to me, thank you for putting him on my radar!

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      1. I’ve just realised I somehow deleted a few words from my comment and it makes zero sense. I meant to say, I checked my Goodreads to see if I had read any of his work. 🙂


  3. I like your picture. Do you read while commuting? Sometimes I think books with lots of plot threads are a good exercise for my brain.

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