Murder Mystery Author and Best Seller Peter James to Appear at ThrillerFest VI, July 6-9 in New York City

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Dead Like You author Peter James to appear in New York City July 6th - 9th, 2011

Rare mystery author appearence at 2011 ThrillerFest

Peter James, author of the best selling series of crime novels featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, will make a rare American appearance at ThrillerFest VI, the major international conference for suspense and thriller writers and readers taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City July 6th - 9th, 2011.

Peter James ( is one of the world's best selling crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 6 million copies worldwide, and are now translated into 34 languages. The mystery writer has developed a close working relationship with the Sussex, UK police over many years, spending an average of one day a week with them. His writing reveals a unique insight into the reality of modern day police work and forensic science. He has also carried out extensive research with police in Moscow, Munich, Paris, Melbourne, Sweden, New York and Romania, and regularly attends international police conferences to ensure he is at the cutting edge of investigative police work.

The author's U.S. fans will be able to meet him at ThrillerFest VI, where he will be presenting several times. First, at CraftFest, the one day program on July 6th for emerging thriller writers looking to hone their skills, Peter James will be offering a workshop titled "Mystery Writing: Keeping the Reader, and the Writer, in Suspense". On Friday, July 8th, he will be a panelist for a discussion on "Do You Have Sympathy for the Devil?: Creating Empathetic Antagonists". Finally, on Saturday, July 9th, he will be the Panel Master for "How Do You Balance Real Life and Fiction? Carving Out Writing Time", an apt panel for this prolific author who has written almost 20 novels over the past two decades. For details on the conference, visit

As if Peter James' writing career Isn't enough to keep him busy, he has also been Executive Producer for numerous feature films including The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004) with Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel; The Merchant of Venice (2004) with Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons, and over 15 more. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Crime Writers Association and the Overseas Vice President of International Thriller Writers.

While he spent many years in North America as a television and film script writer, his crime novels are less well-known in the United States than they are throughout the rest of world. That has started to change with the hardcover release of his sixth novel in the Roy Grace series, Dead Like You, by Minotaur Books in November, 2010. This suspenseful, complex police procedural switches back and forth between past and present as police investigators hunt for a serial killer with a fetish for expensive women's high heels. Immediately hailed in coast-to-coast reviews, Dead Like You was singled out for "The Must List" by Entertainment Weekly, and received this superlative praise from Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post: "...a remarkably inventive story of sexual obsession, possibly the most engrossing thriller since Thomas Harris's ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’" The paperback edition of Dead Like You will be released by Minotaur Books in September, 2011.

The crime novelist's seventh book in the Roy Grace series, Dead Man's Grip, immediately rocketed to the #1 hardcover best seller in the UK when it was released on May 26th of this year, outpacing even the new James Bond novel which hit the stands the same day. To launch the book, which opens with a white van being hoisted out of Shoreham harbor by police, Peter James staged a death-defying stunt for close to 500 onlookers destined to become a hit on YouTube: Dead Man's Grip will be released in hardcover the United States in December, 2011 by Minotaur Books. Mystery fans seeking up-to-the-minute news about James' public appearances can find him on Facebook at

Editor’s Note: • Interviews with Peter James encouraged,
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