10-14-2013 10:26 PM
Peter James has another new release this week (see his previous thread here:
10-14-2013 10:29 PM
WHO IS PETER JAMES?
“ International best-selling crime thriller novelist published in 36 languages ”
- See more at: http://www.peterjames.com/about#sthash.R5FN2j7T.dp
Brighton, Sussex, England
Charterhouse, then Ravensbourne Film School.
My mother, Cornelia James (d.)1999 was Glovemaker to Her Majesty the Queen running the business with my late father who was a chartered accountant. The firm is today run by my sister, Genevieve and her husband, and still supplies the Royal Family, and there were plenty of our gloves on display during the recent Jubilee. All those wonderful waves by Her Majesty on the boat on the Thames, were in Cornelia James gloves! There is a tenuous but classy link between gloves and one particularly great writer (not that I would dare put myself in his league): Shakespeare's father was a glove maker!
Phoebe, a German Shepherd with a gorgeous temperament, unless you are unfortunate enough to have been born as a rabbit or a burglar… Oscar, a rescue Labrador/something cross who was found abandoned on the streets of Havant. He's so chilled out at times we think he secretly does drugs... And, Coco a Shih Tzu/Poodle cross – called a Shi-Pu! She is utterly adorable, and very feisty.
I lived for 10 years in a very haunted Georgian manor house, near Ditchling, Sussex. It was converted from a monastery built on the site of Roman ruins, and had the ghost of a Centurion, a monk, a baby and a nasty, man-hating grey lady! Then moved to a group of converted farm buildings on a historic site outside Lewes, which were occupied by a whole bunch of ghosts of victims of the Battle of Lewes, but they were politely evicted. My Sussex home is now a Victorian rectory and so far ghost free, as is my apartment in Notting Hill, London, on the site of a former cinema. No spectral screenings yet during the night, but always hoping...
Made publishing history:
In 1994, in addition to conventional print publishing, Penguin published my novel, Host, on two floppy discs, billing it as "the world's first electronic novel." It caused huge controversy, I was pilloried on the Radio 4 Today Programme for attempting to destroy the novel, and I was front page news on many papers around the globe, all equally furious! In the immediate following years I became a media spokesperson for the electronic publishing age, and in 1996 found myself as a keynote speaker at a conference at UCLA on the future of reading, alongside (gulp) Steve Jobs and the CEO of Time Warner!
I am joint patron of Neighbourhood Watch, nationwide, joint patron of Sussex Crimestoppers, patron of The Whitehawk Inn, joint patron of the Friends of Seaford Library, Vice President of The Old Police Cells Museum, Brighton, an Ambassador for Brighton University, and a Martlets Hospice Champion.
Other charities I actively support are The Sussex Community Foundation, The Backup Trust for Spinal Injuries, The Chichester Life Centre, the Book Trade Benevolent Society, Starehe Boys' Centre in Kenya and Action Medical Research (supported by my annual Peter James Golf Classic).
I also support and work with The Reading Agency, a charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. Because everything changes when we read.
After Dinner Speaking:
I do – and enjoy - regular after dinner speaking engagements. Recent engagements include the County Times Business Awards dinner, the Association of Legal Aid Solicitors dinner, the Association of Private Investigators annual dinner, the Sussex CID Ball, the Pan Macmillan Sales Conference dinner in Agra, India, the Martlets Hospice luncheon, the Lewes Rotary Club dinner, Brighton & Hove Rotary lunch, the Sussex Heritage Trust dinner, the Brighton and Hove Motor Club dinner dance. In addition I have given numerous speeches on cruise ships, and at literary festivals around the globe, including Dubai, Munich, Paris, Melbourne, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Toronto, Auckland, Milan, Barcelona, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. - See more at: http://www.peterjames.com/about#sthash.R5FN2j7T.dp
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10-14-2013 10:39 PM
10-14-2013 10:41 PM
In Dead Man's Time, the latest from international bestselling author Peter James, Roy Grace finds himself up against that most dangerous of all adversaries—a man with fury in his heart who has nothing to lose.
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.
Brighton, 2012. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates a savage burglary in Brighton, in which an old lady is murdered and £10m of antiques have been taken, including a rare vintage watch. To Grace’s surprise, the antiques are unimportant to her family—it is the watch they want back. As his investigation probes deeper, he realizes he has kicked over a hornets nest of new and ancient hatreds. At its heart is one man, Gavin Daly, the dead woman’s ninety-five-year-old brother. He has a score to settle and a promise to keep—both of which lead to a murderous trail linking the antiques world of Brighton, the crime fraternity of Spain’s Marbella, and New York.
Roy Grace, in a race against the clock to stop another killing, has met his most dangerous adversary yet.
10-14-2013 10:42 PM
In James’s absorbing ninth crime novel featuring Det. Supt. Roy Grace (after 2012’s Not Dead Yet), Grace investigates the torture murder of 98-year-old Aileen McWhirter and the theft of £10 million in valuable antiques, including a rare 1910 Patek Philippe watch, from her Brighton home. Despite the watch’s high monetary value, it’s the sentimental value that makes 95-year-old Gavin Daly, Aileen’s brother, desperate to recover it, avenge his sister, and discover the fate of his father, who was kidnapped in New York City in 1922 and never seen again. While the police pursue various angles, Gavin’s reckless son, Lucas Daly, takes direct, violent action. In two meaty subplots, ex-con Amis Smallbone plots terrible vengeance on Grace via his lover, Cleo Morey, and their infant son, Noah; and Grace’s ex-wife, Sandy, plans surprises almost equally terrible. The crisp action, which shifts from Sussex to Spain’s Costa del Sol and New York, includes several well-concealed closing twists.
10-15-2013 02:23 PM
Oops - forgot to post this excerpt, courtesy of the publisher:
Brooklyn, February 1922
The boy’s father kissed him goodnight for the last time – although
neither of them knew that.
The boy never went to sleep until he had had that kiss. Every
night, late, long after he had gone to bed, he would lie waiting
in the darkness, until he heard the door of his room open, and
saw the light ﬂood in from the landing. Then the shadowy ﬁgure
and the sound of his father’s heavy footsteps across the bare boards.
‘Hey, little guy, you still awake?’ he would say in his low, booming
‘Yep, big guy, I am! Can I see your watch?’
His father would take out the watch from his pocket, and hold
it up by the chain. It was shiny, with a big, round face, and there
was a winder on the top with a hoop the chain was attached to. In
the top half of the face was a section that showed the phases of the
moon. The sky behind the moon was dark blue and the stars were
gold. Sometimes the moon was barely visible, just peeping out.
Other times it was whole, an ochre disc.
Every night the boy would ask his father to tell him a story
about the Man in the Moon. His father always did. Then he would
tousle his hair, kiss him on the forehead and ask, ‘You said your
The boy would nod.
‘You go to sleep now.’
Then his father would clump back out of the room and close
That’s how it was the very last time.
10-15-2013 03:03 PM
I also like Peter's books. I'm going to buy this one too.
10-15-2013 06:09 PM