Another super solid read from Peter James. I read this straight after finishing Dead at First Sight and have to say I think it really enhanced the reading experience having a bit of a Roy Grace immersion!
This is a little different from the usual format in that the main plot line is separate from Grace and is so utterly and deeply compelling that I forgot I was reading a Roy Grace novel!
The story around Meg Magellan, who finds herself frantically watching and re-watching A Few Good Men as she needs to try and nobble a jury, is superb! I was captivated and couldn’t help but try to imagine what I would do in her shoes.
On the flip side, I don’t know what this says about me but I was rooting for her to succeed which means that I was rooting for a cold and calculating criminal mastermind to walk free…
I’m not sure where the whole ‘Bruno’ storyline is heading and half wonder if Peter James regrets ever brining him into the picture after we finally got rid of Sandy!
Great book – hard to put down owing in particular to the court scenes.
Blurb: Ending his secondment to London’s Met Police, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a county lines drugs mastermind operating out of Brighton. On his first day back in his old job in Sussex, he is called to a seemingly senseless murder.
Separately, Meg Magellan finally has her life back together, five years after the car crash that killed her husband and their son. Her daughter, Laura, now 18, is on her gap year travelling in South America with a friend, and Meg misses her badly. Laura is all she has in the world.
In between jobs, Meg receives a summons for jury service. She’s excited – it might be interesting and will help distract her from constantly worrying about Laura. But when she is selected for the trial of a major Brighton drugs overlord, everything changes.
Gradually, Grace’s investigation draws him increasingly into the sinister sphere of influence of the drug dealer on trial. A man utterly ruthless and evil, prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free.
Just a few days into jury service, Meg arrives home to find a photograph of Laura, in Ecuador, lying on her kitchen table. Then her phone rings.
A sinister, threatening stranger is on the line. He tells her that if she ever wants to see Laura alive again, it is very simple. At the end of the trial, all she has to do is make sure the jury says just two words . . . Not guilty.