Book Recommendation: Dead if You Don't by Peter James

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Book Recommendation: Dead if You Don't by Peter James


Dead if You Don't (2018) is book number 14 in the series of crime thrillers featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace by by international best selling British author Peter James. I enjoyed this novel and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.


Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don’t.

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems.


Peter James (Author of Dead Simple)

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 13 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.



Books by Peter James



Publication Order of Roy Grace Books

Dead Simple       (2005)   

Looking Good Dead         (2006)   

Not Dead Enough             (2007)   

Dead Man's Footsteps    (2008)   

Dead Tomorrow               (2009)   

Dead Like You    (2010)   

Dead Man's Grip              (2011)   

Not Dead Yet     (2012)   

Dead Man's Time             (2013)   

Want You Dead (2014)   

You Are Dead     (2015)   

Love You Dead   (2016)   

Need You Dead  (2017)   

Dead If You Don't             (2018)   

Dead at First Sight           (2019)   

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dead Letter Drop             (1981)   

Atom Bomb Angel            (1982)   

Billionaire            (1983)   

Travelling Man   (1984)   

Biggles: The Untold Story             (1986)   

Possession          (1988)   

Dreamer              (1989)   

Sweet Heart       (1990)   

Twilight (1991)   

Prophecy             (1992)   

Host       (1993)   

Alchemist            (1996)   

Getting Wired    (1996)   

The Truth            (1997)   

Denial    (1998)   

Faith      (2000)   

The Perfect Murder         (2010)   

Perfect People   (2011)   

The House on Cold Hill   (2015)   

Absolute Proof  (2017)   

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Perfect Murder         (2010)   

Christmas is for the Kids (2011)   

In the Nick of Time          (2014)   

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Twist of the Knife         (2014)   

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Death Comes Knocking   (2016)


Goodreads Review of Dead if You Don't

Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the stadium for their team’s biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again. But as a massive, covert manhunt for the boy and his kidnappers begins, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace starts to realize that not all is what it seems.




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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning to all. I hope you are reading a good book.

May 18, 2020 03:23 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Just finished a non fiction book by Eric Larson called The Splendid and the Vile about the war years and Winston Churchill. Now back to fiction. Enjoy your day!

May 18, 2020 03:30 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy... sounds like a great read. And your tulips picture this morning is a great treat for the eyes!

May 18, 2020 05:19 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Dead if You Don't sounds like a great crime thriller read for the bookworms out there, Roy.

May 18, 2020 09:33 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That really sounds like an amazing crime thriller. And I love the tulips you shared with us.  A

May 18, 2020 12:01 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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May 19, 2020 04:39 AM #10
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

thanks for the recommendation - I am listening to Me by Elton John right now but I need to find a book to read also. 

May 19, 2020 06:28 AM #11
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Roy,  Thanks for another book recommendation - I will add it to my ever growing list of good books I hope to read someday.

May 19, 2020 07:47 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks you very much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

May 20, 2020 10:50 AM #14
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