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A lovely evening with crime writer Peter James

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Alice

Spent a lovely evening last night at the Emirates Literature Festival event with the very witty crime-writer Peter James.

Peter James - not a pic from Dubai unfortunately

The evening was held in the Lit Fest’s new ‘Literary Square’ in Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, and it’s lovely! It’s great to be able to sit outside in the balmy evening warmth now the heat of the summer has gone.

Literary Square, Bastakiya

James had the audience rolling with laughter at points, especially after he put on numerous silly voices to explain his point – he’s definitely a man that likes to get into character.

In the same week that Jeffery Deaver released Carte Blanche, James’ release outsold the fellow crime-writer – something the two had fun with when they met. Deaver pretend strangled James over his success and James went as far to have some t-shirts printed. Deaver with ‘002’ on the back of the shirt and James himself with ‘001’!

Here are some quips from the evening:

Going back to Roy Grace character is like going back to family

The day any book is easy to write, you should tear it up

What fascinates me as a crime novelist is how many crimes are committed by seemingly nice people

Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock is the first book I read where the villains were central characters

I would rather Roy Grace series never made, than made wrong

Romance is very important for the Roy Grace character

The writer then signed books for the

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Peter James book signing

Turns out he went to school in the same town as me in Surrey, South England – “If we hadn’t been different generations, we might have been at the school dance together” he joked as he signed my copy of Dead Man’s Grip.

Out to hunt me?

At first I thought it read ‘out to hunt you’. Then I realised it was ‘Great to meet you!’. Woops!

Can’t wait for the next event.

 

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