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A Twist of the Knife

By Peter James

With each one twist of the knife, a chilling new trip starts, from a girl cause on strange revenge, to a cafe critic with a morbid worry of the quantity thirteen; and from a guy arranging a life-changing assignation, to a few heading for a disaster-filled holiday. In Peter James' selection of brief tales we first come to fulfill Brighton's best detective, Roy Grace, and skim the story that went directly to motivate James' highly winning novel, lifeless Simple. each one story includes a twist that might hang-out readers for days once they flip the ultimate web page. A Twist of the Knife shows Peter James because the undisputed grand grasp of storytellers with this occasionally humorous, usually haunting, yet consistently surprising collection.

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