The Last Detective (Peter Diamond #1)
A naked woman is found dead. The first challenging is determining her cause of death; the second is finding out who she is. Eventually the identity is known and an obvious suspect presents itself. Or does it?
While the justice system is determined to convict their suspect, Diamond is so certain they are wrong, he makes an important personal decision that alters his life but not his det...more
I went on to re-read two others, one lively one about a crime-book-club, 'The Bloodh...more
[I read this for a mailing list discussion so comments may be out of context and will probably contain spoilers]
[on diamond, cliches]
I surprised myself by liking Diamond. At first I thought I wasn't going to hit it off with him and his anti-technology stance was going to bug the hell out of me. After a while though I felt that he wasn't totally against new ways of doing policework just sceptical of the way some of his co-workers thought of them as a *replacement* for old-fashioned policework ra...more
Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is a gumshoe detective who solves crimes wearing out the soles of his shoes. He’ll re-interview suspects, no matter the number of visits, until he is satisfied that he has gotten all he could from them. In the Last Detective, Diamond is searching for the murderer of a once famous so...more
Let's count the cliches, shall we?
Peter Diamond, the detective and main character
1. Is old*
2. Is grumpy--not in a cute curmudgeon sort of way but more in a punch-you-in-the-face sort of way
3. Doesn't like new-fangled technology like computers and microwave ovens (who didn't know how to work a microwave in 1991?)
4. Thinks his boss is an idiot
5. Thinks his co-workers are idiots
6. Has a past history of violence toward suspects and those he considers idiots
Really, the most memorable thing about this book was a jaw-dropping typo. There were some understandable minor ones, (though getting one of the main character's name wrong is bad), but th...more
The title loosel...more
This book is a twentieth anniversary edition of the first Peter Diamond novel by Peter Lovesey and is being released concurrently with “Stagestruck,” the lat...more
There is a lot to like about this book. For me, the litmus test for a good or excellent crime/mystery book consists of: does it have characters you are care about, a good sense of time and place, a story that is both interesting and creates a sense of tension or suspense and a plausible finish.
Now the requirement for a plausible ending can be stretched according to the genre or sub-genre, noir, hard boiled, police procedural, these I have to believe in; big puzzle, locked...more
Professor Greg Jackman's wife, Geraldine, is found dead in a lake. She is unidentified. Finally, after a couple of...more
I'd agree with...more
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