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Paperback:Dead Letter Drop:2014 Dead Letter Drop
Author: James, Peter
Publication year: 2014
Language: English
Media Paperback
Classification: F/CRI
Publisher: Pan Books, 2014
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 144725595X 9781447255956
A new edition of James's very first novel, which was originally published in 1981. James is best known for his novels featuring Brighton detective Roy Grace. This is about an undercover spy who is told to investigate his fellow British agents. He doesn't want to do it, and someone else doesn't want him to do it either, and is willing to kill...
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A reviewer called Peter James’s first novel, "Dead Letter Drop" (1981), a silly book and it is. The style is over-clever and is an odd mix of Americanisms and British English, the latter aspect over-stuffed with metaphors. It is quite different from the controlled style which James subsequently worked out for his successful Roy Grace series. A contrast might be drawn between Ian Rankin”s spy novel, “Watchman”, published early in a career which came to be based on detective fiction. Rankin gets the 1980s context mostly right and doesn’t rely on flashy writing and absurd turns of plot. Peter James would have been better advised to have left this novel out of print.
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