Dead Simple (Roy Grace)

By Peter James

It used to be intended to be a risk free stag-night prank. a number of hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and his associates are lifeless. With basically 3 days to the marriage, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace—a guy haunted by means of the shadow of his personal lacking wife—is contacted through Michael's attractive, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the single guy who should be aware of Michael Harrison's whereabouts is asserting not anything. yet then he has much more to realize than someone realizes, For one man's catastrophe is one other man's fortune.

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It had now not been a very good evening for him; regardless of donning his fortunate turquoise socks and his fortunate blue-striped blouse, he’d had unremittingly awful playing cards, made a few undesirable calls, and have been obvious on a pricey bluff. the full online game had long past an identical method as with regards to every thing else this week: south. 100 and fifty quid down to date, and the final around used to be frequently the main vicious. He glanced fleetingly at his playing cards, whereas focusing on the reactions of his 5 colleagues to their very own, and all at once perked up a bit. 3 tens. the 1st respectable hand he’d picked up in at the very least hours. yet a deadly hand too – more than enough that he’d be daft to not play it, however it used to be no slam-dunk. Bob Thornton used to be a difficult man to learn. In his mid-seventies, he was once a tremendous, vigorous guy who nonetheless performed typical squash, with a hawkish face and liver-spotted fingers that seemed nearly reptilian. He wore a eco-friendly cardigan over a tartan open-neck blouse, corduroy trousers and tennis plimsolls. via a large margin he was once the oldest of the demanding center of ten standard gamers, from whom sufficient to cobble jointly a video game became as much as play each Thursday, week in, week out, 12 months in, 12 months out, every one participant taking it in flip to host the night. the sport were happening lengthy ahead of Grace had joined the strength. Bob had informed them, greater than as soon as, that after he had joined the gang many years in the past he were the youngest participant. brooding about his looming thirty-ninth birthday, Grace puzzled if, like Bob, he might in the future turn out himself because the outdated fart of the gang. yet age basically introduced a few merits. Bob was once sharp as a tack, challenging to learn and a wily and extremely competitive participant. Grace couldn't keep in mind many events through the years whilst Bob had no longer long gone domestic with a revenue – and precise to shape there has been mountain of chips and profit entrance of the fellow without delay. Grace watched him slump his shoulders as he inspected and looked after his playing cards, maintaining them as regards to his chest, peering at them via his glasses with alert, grasping eyes. Then he opened and close his mouth, flicking his tongue alongside his lips in a serpent-like demeanour, and charm knew instantly he didn’t need to fear approximately Bob’s hand – except he bought fortunate within the pick-up. It was once Grace’s flip to open the having a bet. He eyed the remainder of his partners. Tom Allen, thirty-four years outdated, a detective in Brighton CID, with a significant, boyish face and a mop of curly hair. wearing a sweatshirt over a T-shirt, he peered at his playing cards impassively. Grace continuously stumbled on him not easy to learn. subsequent to Tom sat Chris Croke, a motorbike cop in site visitors – or highway Policing, because the division was once now known as. With lean and wiry attractiveness, brief blond hair, blue eyes and a quick-fire attraction, Croke was once a consummate girls’ guy, who looked as if it would dwell the life-style extra of a playboy than of a cop. He was once internet hosting tonight’s online game in his flash, fifth-floor house within the coolest residence block in Brighton, the Van Alen. usually a cop dwelling this sort of ritzy way of life could have aroused suspicions in Grace, however it used to be popular that Croke’s ex-missus used to be a socialite heiress to an enormous soccer swimming pools fortune.

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