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Peter James

UK flag (1948 - )

Peter James is the author of several very successful thrillers, two of which have been made into successful TV films. More are in production now. He was born in 1948 and educated at Charterhouse. He lives in Sussex near Lewes.


Series contributed to
Non fiction
Death Comes Knocking (2016) (with Graham Bartlett)
Anthologies containing stories by Peter James
Short stories
Propellor (1992)
Virtually Alive (1995)
One Extra for Dinner (1997)

British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : Alchemist
BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Best Novel nominee (2007) : Looking Good Dead
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Book nominee (2010) : Dead Like You
Barry Awards Best British Crime Novel winner (2012) : Dead Man's Grip

Peter James recommends

Sheep (1994)
Simon Maginn
"The best debut novel I have read since [[The Wasp Factory]]."

A Terrible Beauty (2003)
(Katie Maguire, book 1)
Graham Masterton
"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time."

Burial (2009)
Neil Cross
"Stunning... it has been a long time since I've read a novel so compelling, chilling and satisfying."
A Deadly Trade
A Deadly Trade (2009)
(Detective Kubu, book 2)
Michael Stanley
"I was gripped from the first page."

Cut and Run (2010)
(Joe Hunter Thriller, book 4)
Matt Hilton
"A sparkling new talent."

The Gemini Factor (2010)
Paul Kane
"A new, scarily original fearmonger. Watch out for this guy - carefully!"

Where the Shadows Lie (2010)
(Fire and Ice, book 1)
Michael Ridpath
"Michael Ridpath is on the war path, trouncing the Scandinavians on their home turf. This is international thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location."

City of Dreadful Night (2010)
(Brighton, book 1)
Peter Guttridge
"A gripping yarn, brilliantly melding Brighton's murderous past with its murderous present. I loved it!"

Storm Warning (2010)
Vanessa Gebbie
"Vanessa Gebbie is a massively gifted writer. Her harrowing honesty pulls no punches."

Birthdays for the Dead (2012)
(Ash Henderson, book 1)
Stuart MacBride
"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him."

Redemption Song (2012)
Amanda Coetzee
"Tough, vivid, brutal and compelling. I was gripped and intrigued from the very first page. Amanda Coetzee writes with verve and energy in a very original voice."

Wicked Game (2012)
(Robert Finlay, book 1)
Matt Johnson
"Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers."

Settled Blood (2012)
(Kate Daniels , book 2)
Mari Hannah
"Brutal and engaging."

The Lost (2013)
(Paula Maguire, book 1)
Claire McGowan
"Claire McGowan will undoubtedly become a major name in crime fiction."

The Abrupt Physics of Dying (2014)
(Claymore Straker, book 1)
Paul E Hardisty
"A stormer of a thriller-vividly written, utterly topical, totally gripping."

The Last Lullaby (2014)
(Hammarby, book 3)
Carin Gerhardsen
"writing that grips your heart and soul."

Snowblind (2015)
(Dark Iceland, book 1)
Ragnar Jónasson
"Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty... a must-read."

The Ghosts of Altona (2015)
(Jan Fabel, book 7)
Craig Russell
"A great writer at the top of his game."

Black River (2015)
Tom Harper
"Harper is a master storyteller."

The Undesired (2015)
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
"Yras is one most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world."

Here Be Dragons (2016)
(Lacey Flint, book 4)
Sharon Bolton
"A gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters."

Hold Still (2016)
Tim Adler
"Hooked me from the very beginning."

Strangers (2016)
(Lucy Clayburn, book 1)
Paul Finch
"Wonderfully dark...Finch is a born story teller."

The Freedom Broker (2017)
(Thea Paris, book 1)
K J Howe

Say Nothing (2017)
Brad Parks
"Grips you in a vice from the very beginning, and shreds your emotions. Terrific, powerful storytelling at its very best. A tour de force. "

Here and Gone (2017)
Haylen Beck
"A brilliant, relentless rollercoaster of suspense that shreds your emotions."
Watching You (2017)
(Detective Sam Berger, book 1)
Arne Dahl
"Grips you like a vice and never lets go."
The Dead Road (2017)
(Reviver trilogy, book 3)
Seth Patrick
"A startling new talent."

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