Thursday, July 18, 2013
Review of Dead Man’s Time by Peter James (Macmillan, 2013)
It’s been quite a while since I read a Peter James novel, so I was quite happy to receive an ARC of Dead Man’s Time, the ninth in the Roy Grace series. On the plus side, it’s an enjoyable enough read, with a fairly complex plot that weaves an interesting tale. James clearly knows his police procedures and the cop side of the story has the feel of authenticity. The family and criminal sides of the story, however, felt uneven and overly contrived. The whole Amis Smallbone subplot, for example, was unconvincing. Whereas Grace, his partner and some of his colleagues were three-dimensional and engaging, many of the characters were flat and caricaturish. The tale is told through workmanlike prose, and despite each chapter only being a couple of pages long there were too many redundant passages and repetition. Overall, then, a reasonably entertaining tale, with a nice twist at the end, but somewhat uneven in its telling.