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By Peter James

With every one twist of the knife, a chilling new trip starts, from a lady rationale on weird and wonderful revenge, to a restaurant 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' number of brief tales we first come to fulfill Brighton's most interesting detective, Roy Grace, and browse the story that went directly to motivate James' highly profitable novel, useless Simple. every one story incorporates a twist that might hang-out readers for days when 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 regularly stunning collection.

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