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Peter James

UK flag (b.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.

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Series contributed to
Non fiction
   Death Comes Knocking (2016) (with Graham Bartlett)
   Babes in the Wood (2020) (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]]."
White Bones (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 (2009)
(Detective Kubu, book 2)
Michael Stanley
"I was gripped from the first page."
The Gemini Factor (2010)
Paul Kane
"A new, scarily original fearmonger. Watch out for this guy - carefully!"
Cut and Run (2010)
(Joe Hunter Thriller, book 4)
Matt Hilton
"A sparkling new talent."
Where the Shadows Lie (2010)
(Magnus Iceland Mystery, 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."
Storm Warning (2010)
Vanessa Gebbie
"Vanessa Gebbie is a massively gifted writer. Her harrowing honesty pulls no punches."
City of Dreadful Night (2010)
(Brighton Mystery, book 1)
Peter Guttridge
"A gripping yarn, brilliantly melding Brighton's murderous past with its murderous present. I loved it!"
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)
(Harry O'Connor, book 2)
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."
The Rock (2012)
(Sullivan & Broderick Murder Mystery, book 1)
Robert Daws
"Elegant storytelling and a fine sense of place. Robert Daws is an exciting addition to the canon of 21st Century crime writers."
Settled Blood (2012)
(DCI 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."
Reviver (2013)
(Reviver trilogy, book 1)
Seth Patrick
"A brilliant, original and very scary concept - which Seth Patrick carries off with chilling aplomb."
Night Heron (2014)
(Philip Mangan, book 1)
Adam Brookes
"A thriller packed with tension."
Zodiac Station (2014)
(Zodiac Station, book 1)
Tom Harper
"Harper is a master storyteller."
The Thief Taker (2014)
(Thief Taker, book 1)
C S Quinn
"This is really captivating, vivid writing. Descriptions that come straight off the pages and permeate deep into your senses, and a truly electrifying pace. Quinn is a brilliant new talent!"
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."
Pretty Girls (2015)
Karin Slaughter
"A great writer at the peak of her powers."
Solomon Creed (2015)
(Solomon Creed, book 1)
Simon Toyne
"Compelling, vivid and profound, I loved it. It stays with you long after you’ve finished the final page."
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."
Babylon Berlin (2016)
(Gereon Rath, book 1)
Volker Kutscher
"Set in atmospheric 1930s Berlin where a maverick detective is hunting a serial killer The Silent Death, like its predecessor, Babylon Berlin, owes much to its author's commitment to historical accuracy and the cynical feel of the times."
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."
The Stolen Child (2017)
Sanjida Kay
"Beautiful terse writing and the build to the shattering climax is palpable."
Child Taken (2017)
Darren Young
"A well told story from a very promising new writer."
Death Knocks Twice (2017)
(Death in Paradise, book 3)
Robert Thorogood
"I love Robert Thorogood's writing."
The One (2017)
John Marrs
"Really clever concept and some great characters and twists. It's a real joy to read something totally original, smart and thought provoking."
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."
Glass Houses (2017)
(Chief Inspector Gamache, book 13)
Louise Penny
" original voice."
The Innocent Wife (2017)
Amy Lloyd
"This is an original, assured and compelling tale of obsession. Amy Lloyd is a startling new talent, destined to become a big name."
Salt Lane (2018)
(DS Alexandra Cupidi, book 1)
William Shaw
"William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction. This is his best book to date, instantly engaging, beautifully written with really well observed and rounded characters."
Do No Harm (2018)
L V Hay
"As dark and twisty as the Brighton Lanes."
Button Man (2018)
Andrew Gross
"Gripping, chilling and charged with emotion."
The Stranger Diaries (2018)
(Harbinder Kaur, book 1)
Elly Griffiths
"Compelling, intelligent and increasingly mesmerising."
When Darkness Calls (2018)
(Holly Wakefield, book 1)
Mark Griffin
"Mark Griffin is a thrilling new talent, destined to become a big name in British crime writing."
Rogue Killer (2019)
(Geraldine Steel, book 12)
Leigh Russell
"Taut and compelling."
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (2019)
(Good Girl's Guide to Murder, book 1)
Holly Jackson
"There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization."
The Never Game (2019)
(Colter Shaw, book 1)
Jeffery Deaver
"Terrific writing, vivid and raw, Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up. He is, hands-down, one of the finest thriller writers of our time."
Found (2019)
Erin Kinsley
"Brilliant, utterly compelling, heart-wrenching...I was gripped and loved it."
Closer Than Blood (2019)
(PC Gareth Bell, book 2)
Paul Grzegorzek
"Writes with raw, engaging, authenticity."
Die Alone (2019)
(Bone Field, book 3)
Simon Kernick
"The master of the adrenaline-fulled ride."
Black 13 (2020)
(Scott Pearce, book 1)
Adam Hamdy
"Hamdy sets a new benchmark for the modern spy thriller. Relentless, intelligent, disturbing - and highly addictive. I loved it."
Dear Child (2020)
Romy Hausmann
"Dear Child is an accomplished thriller, beautifully written, intriguing and very compelling."
The War Widow (2020)
(Billie Walker Mystery, book 1)
Tara Moss
"Enough page-turning suspense to keep you up reading far later than you intended!"
The Curator (2020)
(Washington Poe, book 3)
M W Craven
"Dark, sharp and compelling."
Midwinter Murder (2020)
Agatha Christie
"All crime fiction writers around the globe owe Agatha Christie a massive debt."
Edge of the Grave (2021)
(Jimmy Dreghorn, book 1)
Robbie Morrison
"A mesmerizing debut – raw, brutally violent but immensely human. Early gangland Glasgow with the gloss razored off."
The Man on Hackpen Hill (2021)
J S Monroe
"Original and intriguring...kept me guessing to the very end."

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