Peter James was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screenwriter and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including the Sunday times Number One bestselling Roy Grace series have been translated into thirty-four languages, with world sales of 11 million copies, and three have been filmed. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has also produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex.
Two cases preoccupy Roy Grace in James's unnecessarily complicated eighth crime novel featuring the Brighton detective superintendent (after 2011's Dead Man's Grip). When a torso turns up in a vat of chicken excrement at a Sussex farm, Grace and his team know that the most important thing is to identify the victim, which proves difficult. Meanwhile, Grace eagerly awaits the birth of his first child (by his fiancee), though the memory of his first wife, who disappeared nearly a decade earlier, dampens his enthusiasm for fatherhood at times. Grace must also oversee the protection of pop superstar Gaia, who's in Brighton to film her first serious movie, the story of George IV's relationship with his secret mistress. That so many people wish the Lady GaGa-esque Gaia harm-including an obsessed Internet fan, whose love turns to rage when her idol ignores her-may strike some readers as implausible. Several side stories serve to confuse the main action. Agent: Carole Blake, Blake Friedmann Literary. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Hollywood comes to Brighton in James's eighth thriller with DS Roy Grace at the helm (after his Barry Award-winning Dead Man's Grip). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.] (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.