Peter Diamond, ex-CID and notoriously difficult to work with, is sacked from his latest job as a security guard in Harrods. Doggedly he turns his sleuthing skills to unravelling the mystery of a little Japanese girl abandoned in London. Naomi, as she is known, exhibits the classic symptoms of an autistic child.
Diamond regards her first as a challenge and soon as someone he cares passionately about and devotes himself to communicating with the child. He is close to a breakthrough when Naomi is abducted to New York.
By interpreting clues from drawings left by Naomi, Diamond goes in pursuit and is plunged into a maelstrom of murder and the mafia, suicide and drugs.
©1992 Peter Lovesey (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
"Excellent." (Birmingham Post)
"Here is a classic quest story intertwining kidnapping, murder, deception, fraud and farce with a Sumo wrestler in the unlikely role of fairy godmother. Lovesey sustains his reputation as a deft mystifier in one of the choicest crime-shelf entertainments of the year." (Guardian)
"Lovesey hatches the trickiest of plots, warmed with humour and characterisation to make them credible." (Literary Review)
"Superb, unashamedly traditional crime writing." (Publishers Weekly)
yes -only because most are better than this one
not write it -it was a follow up book and to be different had diamond leave police force and become private detective travelling uk and usa getting inside police offices - not credible
after this book back on straight and narrow police detective
I enjoy the series of Peter Lovesey's and bought the series in the wrong order. It doesn't detract from each of the single books but I have gone back and am working my way through them. Great, staple, English cop stories - usually without any American involvement. That's the way I like them and this one was set partly in America and Japan and it worked really well.
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