James is a bestselling author in Europe; the Roy Grace series is going to be made into an ITV television show. The story is told from multiple viewpoints and several possible killers are developed. This is a long book but the short chapters, as well as all the characters, make it move very quickly. There are difficult scenes from the viewpoint of the victims and the subject of rape is not sensationalized but presented in all its sad horror. An excellent police procedural with a heart-pounding ending.

When Brighton detective Roy Grace is assigned to two savage rapes in which both victims have their shoes stolen, it calls to mind an unsolved series of rapes from 1997. Five women had been victims then, and one was murdered. Is this the return of the so-called Shoe Man or is it a copycat crime? Nine years ago, Grace’s wife Sandy disappeared. Despite years of looking, he has not been able to find her or what might have happened to her. Now he is preparing to marry his pregnant girlfriend, but with the current crimes, he is drawn back to the time when he at least thought he had a happy marriage. (MINOTAUR, Dec., 560 pp., $25.99)
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Page Traynor