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)
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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