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The Drowning Man (Joseph O'Loughlin #2)

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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,281 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 Pages: 416 in Publisher: Little own A lost child A shattered past A life going under ... Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg and another through the hand. he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames. losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma. and when he does. his nightmar ...more
Paperback, 401 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Sphere (first published 2005)
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Leah
Painful memories...

Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz awakes in hospital to discover that he has lost all memory of the events that have put him there. He has been shot through the leg and was dragged half-dead from the Thames, the boat he was on drifting empty but with the blood of more than one person on the deck. His furious boss accuses him of having been involved in a rogue operation to pay ransom for the return of a missing child - young Mickey Carlyle, who went missing three years earlier a
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Karen Brooks
Lost is the second book in the Joe O’Loughlin series. Written from the first person perspective of Vincent Ruiz, the Detective Inspector determined to find Joe guilty in Suspect, it commences with Ruiz clinging to a yellow buoy in the middle of the Thames, dazed, confused and shot.
Admitted to hospital and placed in a coma, when Ruiz awakes, he has no memory of the events leading up to his immersion in the river or his wounds, only that it’s somehow connected to a previous case of an abducted gi
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Richard Thompson
Vince Ruiz is pulled out the Thames, nearly drowned, suffering from gunshot wounds and with no memory whatsoever of how he got there. He has a dream that tells him that that whatever happened on the river is tied into a three year old kidnapping case where a little girl disappears unaccountably from the apartment block where she lives with her mother. I down graded this book to three stars only because it was so complex and featured such a huge cast of characters that I found myself unable to ke ...more
Patrick Gibson
This is a dark disturbing violent book with intense character development and a few surprising plot twists. Amnesia is a common device but used here becomes a portal to hell. Continuing with characters established in his first book ‘Suspect’ the author now focuses on the detective from that novel who wakes up in a river having had an assassins bullet pass through his leg. His amnesia prevents him from telling how and why he got there. There is an empty boat doused in human blood. As his memory r ...more
Dino
I read this book because i like " Say You're Sorry", and yes i was sorry because even though the first couple of chapters sound good ( a police officer is in the hospital after being shot and washed up from the Thames River, he remembers nothing, total amnesia). The remainder of the book
is basically a crime investigation that is kind of boring.
Gaye
I first read Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham, and I thought it was great! Next, I read Suspect, which was how it all started, and I thought, "yeah, i'm gonna have to read all of MR's books." Now, after reading Lost, I am so amazed by this author, I cannot and will not stop until I've read all his books!

Lost is fast-paced, intriguing, sad, funny, scary, and heart-warming. I really liked the friendship that DI Vincent Ruiz and Joe O'Loughlin has formed after being enemies in the first book.

I
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Ash
I wouldn't normally have read another Robotham book so soon after my last one (Watching You, review here), but this was just a quick reread before I lend this to someone. To be able to better discuss it with them, of course.

This is an excellent book, as tightly plotted as any of them, with twists and turns that don't stop coming. Fortunately, enough time had passed since my last read that these twists appeared almost just as surprising as ever. But Robotham crafts more than that; it is the chara
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Margaret
A race-to-the-end follow up suspenseful mystery to Robotham's "Suspect," this time from the first person perspective of the relentless (and not particularly nice) detective inspector who pursues the first person narrator in that book. D.I. Victor Ruiz wakes up in hospital with a serious gun shot wound, a missing finger, and no memory of what happened, and it's all thrills from there. As with "Suspect," "Lost" speedily moves the narrative along, while once again tapping into the theme of the misu ...more
Dhe
mi è capitato di leggere qualche nota su un libro di questo autore e mi ero segnata il titolo per poterlo prendere in biblioteca. quando però l'ho cercato era già in prestito ma ho deciso ugualmente di prendere un libro di questo autore, ovviamente un altro titolo. e così la scelta è caduta del tutto casualmente su questo libro. l'ho messo in valigia e l'ho divorato durante il mio viaggio in turchia. scelta non poteva essere più azzeccata.

essendo un giallo non è assolutamente mia intenzione rovi
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Thrilled by Books
My first Michael Robotham novel and I was immediately loving this book as soon as I started reading it. It opened up with D.I.Vincent Ruiz clinging to a large yellow buoy, that he referred to as "Marilyn Monroe", in the middle of the Thames River with a gun shot wound in his leg and no recollection as to how he got there. While in the hospital he figures out, with the help of psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, that whatever he was doing had to do with a girl that disappeared from her home she shared w ...more
LJ
LOST (aka The Drowning Man) (Pol. Proc-Vincent Ruiz-England-Cont) – VG+
Robotham, Michael – 2nd book
Doubleday, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0385508662

First Sentence: I remember someone once telling me that you know it’s cold when you see a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets.

DI Victor Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, nearly dead, with a serious gunshot and transient global amnesia.

Three years previous, 7-year-old Mickey Carlyle disappeared from within her building. A neighbor was convicted and
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Judith Gaines
This was the first Michael Robotham novel I read and I believe it was meant to be the second in a series featuring the same cast of characters. It did sit on my shelf for nearly a year before I packed it in my suitcase for a trip to Portugal. I spent 2 days in London, reading at night and on then on the plane and found it very hard to put down. I loved walking on the streets and seeing the city through the characters eyes and it gave me a deeper appreciation for London, one of the few large citi ...more
Christina
So enjoyed this book, but struggled to stay connected at the end, which was my fault since I put it down and had to come back to it. Same main characters as in Robotham's first book Suspect, but told from a different perspective (detective not the clinical psychologist), which took a bit to get used to. Main plot is that Detective Ruis wakes up shot in the leg with a case of amnesia which prevents his from remembers days and weeks prior to the incident of his shooting. We follow him as he recove ...more
Vanessa
The reader see- saws constantly between Michaela being murdered or not. Within 30 pages form the end of the novel you realise that she has indeed been murdered only to have this realisation turned upside down in a new shift in the story line. Alexei the archetypical bad character is shot by his own brother who is rumored to have been killed by Alexei due to bad behaviour and shaming the family name. This made the story line blur into oblivion for me. The main character, a detective, is hooked on ...more
Julia Mukuddem
i was hovering between 3 stars and 4 stars, but i thought it would be unfair to my favourite crime author, tana french. i've given her books 4 stars.

crime fiction is not my genre at all, but i like trying one every now and again - for a change.

this was a good story and it was hard to put down towards the end. i love plots that aren't predictable and this one wasn't.

all in all a good story, but i won't necessarily read another one of his books. i suppose it's just a matter of taste, as i decid
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Jen

Lost takes place a few years after The Suspect and features D. I. Vincent Ruiz. Like The Suspect, Lost is written in first person. D.I. Ruiz is pulled from the Thames with a gunshot wound and no memory of what happened. Not everyone believes his amnesia to be genuine, and Ruiz turns to his friend Joe O'Loughlin to help him untangle what happened.

Ruiz knows that that somehow what happened to him is connected to the case of a missing child from three years earlier. A step at a time, he regains fr
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Jennifer
A crime fiction novel set in London. It begins with the main character Ruiz shot and holding onto a buoy in the Thames. He's lost his memory as to how he got to be in that state. The author really plays with the whole lost memory device, allowing him to regain his memories just in time, yet he remembers obscure details from the past whenever convenient. The novel revolves around the kidnapping of a 7 year old girl 3 years ago. The author plays with you, was she murdered or not, back and forth th ...more
Bev
You hear about books that "grow on you" the more you read. This was a book that shrunk on me the more I read. Robotham has great descriptions, but about midway through the book, I was tired of the endless descriptions, especially of grimy, disgusting locations. We get it! Still, it was the story that held my attention. Detective Inspector Victor Ruiz wakes up in the hospital after being dragged out of the Thames with a bullet in his leg and no memory of what happened. Through the assistance of h ...more
Rosee
In the second Joe O’Loughlin book, the action centers around D.I. Vincent Ruiz, who has no memory of how he ended up nearly dead in the Thames. He is covered in blood, some of which belongs to someone other than himself, and has the picture of a missing child in his pocket. The child’s killer is already in jail, Ruiz should know, he’s the one who put him there. When he is accused of faking his amnesia, Ruiz calls on Joe to help him sort out his missing past. Together they join forces against a s ...more
Melissa
I was disappointed and confused when I realized this book, #2 in the series, is narrated by Ruiz instead of Joe O'Loughlin, because I love Joe as an (unreliable) narrator so much. However, this glimpse into the inner workings of Ruiz' mind was fascinating. I found his origin story and the history of his family to be appalling, but it did help explain why Ruiz is the way he is. I also enjoyed watching the collaboration and friendship between Joe and Vincent evolve.

The mystery at the center of thi
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
My View:
Brilliant! Compelling! Drop everything else and sit down and read!

I loved this book – the second in the Joseph O’Loughlin series. The plot is based on a scenario – that of a missing child, that will tug at all consciences’ and has a protagonist who doesn’t give up and investigates this crime with heart and little regard for his own safety – if ever needed this is the type of policeman I would like to think would be there for me…Vincent Ruiz has the exuberance of a terrier – he never give
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Tamara Martin
This book sat on my TBR pile for quite some time, I finally moved it to the top of the pile as I was attending a talk by the lovely Mr Robotham and OMG, cannot believe I let it sit there so long. He has now been elevated to the favourites list and am on the hunt for all back list titles and am very glad there's a brand spanking new book for me to get my hands on.

Not only was the suspense aspect of this book incredible, but his vivid descriptions were amazing and so well controlled. The pacing w
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Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars - "Everyone leaves a trail...It isn't just scraps of paper and photographs. It's the impression we make on other people and how we confront the world."

I love the way this author writes. His sentence construction, his descriptions that make me feel there in the moment, the way he builds suspense and moves along the narrative, and the interesting complicated plot of the story.

In this second of the Joseph O'Loughlin series, a new main character takes center stage. It's Joe's nem
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Kathy
I'm really enjoying this series and the characters. This novel focuses on a situation from Inspector Ruiz's character, who we met in the first novel. I think it is a really unique approach, but don't want to spoil it so will say nothing else. I enjoyed it and found it to be a page turner. A quick, engaging read.
Wanda Hartzenberg
The Drowningman by Michael Robotham!

This is the first book in this series that I have read that is not written from the point of view of professor O'Laughlin but from the pov of Ruiz. O'Laughlin does form a strong part of the narrative but it is totally Ruiz's show.

I adore this author. His plot lines are far more complicated than the usual psychological thriller. His characters are not developed they are your best friend, your neighbor. Your brother. No plot holes and never any confusion in the
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Lee Battersby
Strong, muscular crime story that begins with intertwined mysteries-- who shot the narrator and left him to die in the Thames, and what has happened to his memory?-- and weaves them throughout a narrative of a cop at the end of his time, slowly coming to terms with the knowledge that his methods and obsessions are being sent irrevocably into obsolescence.

Robotham's tight, controlled style never gives the reader time to draw back and see the greater narrative, and his masterful control of details
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Pam
I like this author! He definitely makes you want to keep reading to see what happens! I have enjoyed the other two books from this author better than this one, but I would still recommend this one. I loved the character of DI Ruiz and his sense of humor.
Kelley
I made it through 60% of this book, but I'm not liking it. I won't finish and will probably only read a couple of the other Joseph O'Loughlin books. The ones where I know Joe is the central character.
Debra
Jan 04, 2013 Debra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debra by: Gatorman
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I'm really loving this series. I like how the detective and psychologist team together this time, instead of being adversaries. Another great page-turner.
Sally
Published as "The Drowning Man" in Australia, Detective Ruiz #1 (Not a Joseph O'Loughlin book). Another brilliant book by a superb Australian writer. This is a unique and intriguing angle on a crime novel. Taking a background character out of his first book, Robotham has made DI Ruiz the main character in his second book, and has him investigating his own role in a crime. DI Ruiz has been seriously wounded while involved in something off the books, and he can't remember a thing about it. Chasing ...more
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Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

For the next fourteen years he worked for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK’s Mail on Sunday he was among the first p
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Other Books in the Series

Joseph O'Loughlin (8 books)
  • Suspect (Joseph O'Loughlin, #1)
  • Shatter (Joseph O'Loughlin #3)
  • Bleed for Me (Joseph O'Loughlin #4)
  • The Wreckage (Joseph O'Loughlin, #5)
  • Say You're Sorry (Joseph O'Loughlin #6)
  • Watching You (Joseph O'Loughlin, #7)
  • Close Your Eyes (Joseph O’Loughlin, #8)
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