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Summary

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Peter Lovesey, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master and titan of the British detective novel, returns to the subject of his very first mystery: running.

Through a particularly tragic series of events, couch potato Maeve Kelly has been forced to sign up for the Other Half, Bath's springtime half-marathon. What Maeve doesn't know is just how brutal some of the other runners are.

As race day draws closer, an Albanian refugee named Spiro makes a run for freedom on the other side of town, escaping the chain gang that has held him hostage and its murderous foreman, who is known to his charges as 'The Finisher'. 'The Finisher' has killed for disobedience before, and Spiro knows there's a target on his back as he tries to lose himself in the genteel medieval city of Bath.

Meanwhile Detective Peter Diamond is tasked with crowd control on the raucous day of the race - and catches sight of a violent criminal he put away a decade ago and who very much seems to be up to his old tricks now that he is paroled. Diamond's hackles are already up when he learns that one of the runners never crossed the finish line and has disappeared without a trace. Was Diamond a spectator to the prelude to a murder?

©2020 Peter Lovesey (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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I enjoyed listening to this story particularly as it was set in Bath where I once lived and worked. Knowing several of the locations mentioned made it all the more interesting.

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Have struggled a bit with the last couple of books. This one I just couldn’t come to terms with. Normally I love Peter Lovesey’s books, but sadly not this one. I intend to return and in only halfway through - couldn’t even be bothered to listen to the end and perhaps fight back to it. So I’ll return this, but do I try the next one when it comes out?

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