Not Dead Yet Shoots Straight to No.1 in the UK Hardback Chart




Published by Pan Macmillan on 7 June 2012 at £18.99

Not Dead Yet by Peter James has gone straight to straight to No. 1 in the hardback sales chart. It is the fifth consecutive No. 1 for the Roy Grace series, a hat trick for the hardback books, which is a great achievement.  The paperback of Peter’s standalone novel, Perfect People, was published on 7th June (same day as Not Dead Yet) has gone straight to No. 11, again, also only after three days sale. The series is published in 35 languages.

Consistently at the top of The Sunday Times Bestseller Charts, Peter’s last book in the Roy Grace series, Dead Man’s Grip, went straight to number 1 and stayed in the Top 10 for 6 weeks. The paperback of ‘Dead Man’s Grip’ also went straight in at no 1.

Praise for Peter’s previous books

“Peter James has established a series that is taking over from Ian Rankin in sales…” Mark Lawson on Front Row, Radio 4

“James balances his highly original central notion with his usual nimble storytelling’ The Independent

“Peter James is acknowledged as being one of the top thriller writers in the UK, and his series of crime novels featuring DI Roy Grace are the best of the current genre” Joan Collins for The Mail on Sunday

‘An excellent standalone thriller’ The Guardian on Perfect People

For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has eluded him for so long…..

For rock superstar, Gaia, who is desperate to be taken seriously as an actress, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination…… and for the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location about the city’s greatest love story, George IV and Maria Fitzherbert, would be a major boost. But for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, finally happy in his home life with Cleo soon to have their baby, it is a nightmare unfolding before his eyes. An obsessed stalker wants to see Gaia dead. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, the stalker is in Brighton waiting for their moment…..

Research for Not Dead Yet

Having lived near Brighton all his life, Peter was well placed to do the research for Not Dead Yet, his latest novel about a Hollywood movie being shot in Brighton on the scandalous love affair between George IV and Maria Fitzherbert. It was George IV’s royal patronage that turned Brighton into a glamorous seaside resort and ultimately the vibrant city that it is today and among George IV’s achievements was the magnificent Royal Pavilion.  It is here that a large part of Not Dead Yet is set and Peter did extensive research into its myriad of tunnels and network of passages hidden from view. Not Dead Yet also stars Gaia Lafayette, rock star turned actress, and focuses on the sinister theme of celebrity stalking.  During his research Peter met a Madonna fan by chance who was a true obsessive, and was amazed to find that she spent almost every penny she earned in pursuit of her icon’s appearances and memorabilia and that the top two rooms of her small house had been turned into a Madonna ‘shrine’. Having interviewed various psychiatrists for Not Dead Yet, Peter gives an insight into why people become obsessive and why, in extreme cases, they could turn to murder.  

Having spent the first part of his career in the film business, as a writer and producer, Peter worked with many stars including Sharon Stone, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Robert de Niro, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sellers and Mickey Rooney so he has first -hand experience of how stars could behave under pressure.

But central to all Peter’s Roy Grace novels is his work with the Sussex Police with whom he spends a day a week in order to understand the world of the police and its culture as well as to keep pace with its constant changes. He learns of the latest developments in forensics and in his research for Not Dead Yet he learnt about forensic podiatry and how to obtain sufficient data from a single footprint which enables an expert to identify someone walking along a street by their gait. As Peter has discovered, as villains become smarter and more switched on, so do the Police. 

Find out more about Peter James at and Peter’s website and follow him on Twitter @peterjamesuk

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