Bestseller “Dead Man’s Grip” Thriller by Author Peter James Wins U.S. Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of 2011

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Mystery writer Peter James honored with Barry Award for "Dead Man's Grip"

Dead Man's Grip, the seventh novel featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace by author Peter James has received The Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of 2011. The award was presented at the opening night event on Thursday, October 3, 2012 for the Bouchercon Mystery Convention in Cleveland, Ohio at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before an audience of some 400 people. Presented by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, the category recognizes the best British crime novel published in 2011. Other British authors nominated in this category included John Connolly, Elly Griffiths and R J Ellory.

"To receive any award is a wonderful feeling, but there is something very special about winning in the US, which is such an important country for authors. I arrived with my Happy Loser Smile tucked away in my pocket, never thinking I would win against such other fine writers. I am beyond thrilled!" comments James, whose popular Roy Grace novels have sold over thirteen million copies worldwide and have been translated into thirty-five languages.

The highly anticipated paperback of Dead Man’s Grip was released September 18 in the United States from Minotaur Books, which had previously released the hardcover in November 2011. Notably, Dead Man’s Grip is the fifth consecutive novel in the series to achieve the #1 UK Sunday Times bestselling slot. For additional information, please visit

One of the most chilling Roy Grace thrillers yet, Dead Man’s Grip tells the story of a fateful accident that kills a teenage student from a family with connections to organized crime. Ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident, one of the drivers involved in the accident, Carly Chase, receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered, and she could be next.

Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times said of it: “The methodical investigation is always authentically detailed…James’ inspired villains are worthy of leading roles in mad-dog-killer thrillers.”

The author's eighth Roy Grace novel, Not Dead Yet, will be available in hardcover from Minotaur Books November 27 of this year.

Peter James is one of the world's best selling crime and thriller novelists. 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.
Peter, an established film producer and scriptwriter, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years working as a screenwriter and film producer before returning to England. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting.

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