Dead Man’s Time by Peter James

Dead Man's Time It is said that revenge can be sweet … even if it takes 70 years to exact. In February of 1922, in the Brooklyn apartment of 5 year old Gavin Daly and his 8 year old sister, Aileen, the unthinkable is about to happen. They are awakened by a group of mobsters who kill their mother and take away their father. Soon after, the two children are shipped off with an aunt to Brighton, England. Before departing a kid comes up to Gavin at the dock and gives him a gun, a broken Patek Philippe watch and a paper with a series of numbers on it.

It is now June of 2012 and an elderly woman is brutally murdered and her home burglarized. The woman is Aileen Daly and her brother, Gavin is still alive. Detective Superintendent, Roy Grace does not know yet how he will be drawn into this 90 year old case, he is also not aware that a gangster, Amis Smallbone plans his own revenge on Grace. Smallbone has just been released from prison after serving 12 years and he can’t wait to get his own brand of revenge. Apparently the antique market is more than just buying or selling of ancient treasures. Mobsters have advance men case homes where valuables are allegedly kept. They use all kinds of phony schemes to finagle themselves into these homes and they do an excellent job of casing the residence, then the bully boys break in and steal everything of value, this is how Aileen Daly is murdered. Now Gavin must figure out how to get back his family treasures including his Dad’s watch…. the only thing he has left from the incident in Brooklyn some 90 years ago.

Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Grace does not know that Smallbone is planning his own revenge as he becomes more and more involved in the Daly murder and robbery. Peter James will keep you on the edge of your seat, because he has written another terrific mystery.

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