Winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger and shortlisted for the Edgar Award.
The summons comes at night. Two policemen collect Peter Diamond from his West London flat and drive him to Bath. Once head of the murder squad there, he is now out of touch in his retirement, unaware of an audacious escape from Albany Prison.
Four years previously, Diamond headed the investigation of the bizarre murder of a Swedish woman journalist, her mouth stuffed with red roses. Now the convicted murderer is at large and has already kidnapped the daughter of the Assistant Chief Constable. He is demanding that the case be reexamined, and he will deal only with Diamond.
©1995 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Hachette Audio UK
This is a series by Peter Lovesay and as always keeps you guessing to the end. Wonderful story teler
Obviously Peter Diamond
The final confrontations with the murderer
It holds one attention all the way. Some great funny moments and others that make you jump
Peter Lovesey is a great writer.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
Unemployed and living in West London with Steff when a late night visit from the Bath police takes him from bed to Bath, much against his will. The kidnapping of the daughter of his detested former chief forces Diamond to review an old murder case he was in charge of. With reluctance, and very little police support, he has to review his investigation while the escape prisoner with his hostage puts pressure on both Diamond and the Bath police.
A good story with a good narrator brings the characters and the town of Bath to life making this an enjoyable listen. Diamond's sly humour adds a lightness of touch to the otherwise grim work of rooting through the past of those involved.
We enjoy the local settings as we know them all. Diamond is an engaging curmudgeon!
Recommended to those who enjoy a well structured detective tale. Hero is a grumpy English West Country Colombo personality. The story is almost Agatha Christie-like in its structure. it is genuinely possible to deduce the murderer during the story but I didn't!
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