Peter James writes meticulously researched police procedurals and has penetrated the inner workings, thoughts and attitudes of real detectives to create a ‘Hero’ in Roy Grace who may not be the sprightliest detective but I found him to be a very believable character that kept me guessing right the way through and by the end of the book I was rooting for the police and really didn’t know if they would finally get their suspect bang to rights.
Lorna Belling, a homely hairdresser is desperate to escape the marriage from hell, she falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth, a man she only knows as Greg. But, as Lorna finds out, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a clients phone changes everything for her. When the body of woman is found in a bath in Brighton, D S Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks like a open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events and to his utter disbelief the case turns more sinister than he could ever have imagined.