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Dead Simple

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Baker & Taylor
Detective Superintendent Grace investigates a missing persons case involving a lost groom, a man who as part of a bachelor party prank agreed to be buried alive in a coffin and whose buddies have been killed in a drunk driving accident, a case that is complicated by suspicions about the would-be bride's past.

Perseus Publishing
Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now, Ashley, his fiancée. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It's all in good fun — payback for the grief his mates suffered due to his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is until the four are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael completely alone and buried alive. Detective Superintendent Grace—himself dealing with the pain of losing his wife—is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael's only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate, and Ashley's faithfulness—not to mention her increasingly mysterious past—are suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man's disaster is another man's fortune.

Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now, Ashley, his fiancée. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It's all in good fun — payback for the grief his mates suffered due to his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is until the four are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael completely alone and buried alive.

Detective Superintendent Grace—himself dealing with the pain of losing his wife—is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael's only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate, and Ashley's faithfulness—not to mention her increasingly mysterious past—are suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man's disaster is another man's fortune.


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& Taylor

Detective Superintendent Grace investigates a missing persons case involving a lost groom, a man who as part of a bachelor party prank was buried alive in a coffin and whose buddies have been killed in a drunk driving accident.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2005
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition
ISBN: 9780786716418
078671641X
Branch Call Number: MYS James, P 100 2005
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 25 cm

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FVReader
Jun 19, 2017

Definitely a gruesome premise: buried alive, a man waits for his "friends" to come back and release him....but they are all killed in a car accident.....and no one comes back.
The chapters told from inside the coffin are claustrophobic and terrifying.
Lots of descriptions of the rooms, scenes, clothing, actions. At first, one pays attention....the scene could hold a clue. But, no, it's just description, so one starts to skim the descriptions.

I found the rest to be rather cheesy. The conversations, the situations, the chauvinism.....it was all old time and clichéd.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2016

The first book in the Roy Grace series. Looking Good Dead (2006)
(The second book in the Roy Grace series) HENN CTY DOES NOT HAVE THIS SECOND BOOK, BUT IT IS AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK

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Oicks
Jul 21, 2014

Amazing book! Has a ton of unpredictable twists that blew my mind.

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emerge
Sep 19, 2011

The problem with this book is you have to make it through the first 200 pages to get to the good stuff. It's very slow & detailed up til then, full of painstaking police procedurals & I kept putting it down. Then it gets interesting as the plot finally becomes surprising & convoluted enough to get your attention til the end. Too bad things didn't pick up earlier.

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h19835195
Aug 12, 2011

Fantastic. Everything you want from a really good thriller. Peter James is a superb author.

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rahmmie
Jul 21, 2011

Very good book, entertaining, fast-paced, well written

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