Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dead Tomorrow by Peter James .

In the acknowledgements for this book, Peter writes...

This book is a work of fiction, as are all my Roy Grace novels. But it is a sad truth that three people die every day in the UK because there are not sufficient organs for transplant available. It is also sad and true that there are over a thousand children living rough in Bucharest - some of them third-generation street kids - and over five thousand adults, a legacy of Ceausescu's monstrous regime. Some of these children do get trafficked for their organs.

...This is a long story that spans 658 pages and was written in 2009. Dead Tomorrow is a crime thriller involving Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who I met in Dead Man's Footsteps . Dead Tomorrow starts by quickly introducing a lot of different characters, the chapters are quite short yet in each chapter you start, introduces another new character. These characters are very different people, performing different roles in different locations. WOW! you think, why this large range of disconnected people? You feel a little lost as a reader but then the nagging starts. Peter James has a very clever writing style, he puts little bits in here and there, that nag at the reader. Nag, nag and then you start to think what will happen next? All the time, in the background, there is this nagging that haunts you through this book.

I really enjoyed reading Dead Tomorrow. Steadily the story grows and you start to know all the characters. The joy of this book is in the detail which Peter provides, it is this detail that gives this novel such colour. Rather than being a book that washes over the reader, Dead Tomorrow makes you think as you work out what is happening. Drip, drip, drip come the clues. This is a big, full story and I will give it 5 stars on Book Army because it is excellent. Peter James has the gift of story telling and this book has an excellent plot, it is very clever and is well thought out with a really good structure. There are some interesting red-herrings that add rather than detract from the story. The tone of the characters is true, the attitudes are spot-on and earthy. These are realistic characters who are not a fantasy or glamourous.

There is some mild humour in this book, like on page 190...

Glenn grinned and pushed back his coat sleeve, baring part of his wrist. 'See that, Arf, the colour, right? Black, yeah? My ancestors rowed the Atlantic in slave ships, yeah? I got the sea in my blood!'

...Peter writes with great emotion and he conveys the true sense of loss. Dead Tomorrow has a sad ending with just a glimmer of hope.
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