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Prisoner of Memory: A Novel (Eve Diamond Mystery #5)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  14 reviews
L.A.'s Russian community is about to pull "Los Angeles Times" reporter Eve Diamond, herself the daughter of Russian immigrants, into a stunning spiral of danger and intrigue. When Eve discovers the body of an emigre scientist's teenage son in Griffith Park, unraveling the execution-style shooting places her on the most personal -- and dangerous -- story of her career. Eve ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published 2006)
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Prisoner of the Obvious: Denise Hamilton's Prisoner of Memory

I've been so nearly beaten senseless with the most obvious, brutal, heavy-handed foreshadowing I think I have ever endured in a work of fiction.

Something kept me reading, though...what was it?...Oh, that's right: I didn't have anything else and the library was closed.

I see that the author of Prisoner of Memory, Denise Hamilton, has actually won awards. Must be who you know. Or maybe it was a lean year. I got this title off of a list of
Interesting story with lots of details about the USSR, but I felt it was too long. I got a little bored before the end.
Prisoner of Memory is a solid mystery novel that combines believable plot lines with relatable characters. The pacing and logical manner in which the story progresses makes for a very enjoyable read except for the black sheep that is Chapter 22. This chapter seems wholly out of place and ruins an otherwise enjoyable read with a trashy, romance novel-like sex scene that adds nothing of value to the plot or character development. Skip over that chapter and you won't be missing much for apart from ...more
As these are Los Angeles books I love them.
Denise Hamilton's Eve Diamond character is a reporter for the LA Times who always seems to find trouble that leads to a mystery and a story. In this installment, she has moved to the downtown office and while covering a story discovers a body in Griffith Park. This leads to a well-written story with plenty of twists and surprises. I found this to be my favorite Eve Diamond novel- more action, better character development and less romance.
As always, Denise Hamilton does a great job of describing the multi-ethnic mosaic that is modern LA. Strong sense of place, good mystery, and a sharp, very human heroine in LATimes reporter, Eve Diamond. This one was especially fun for me to read (a former student of Russian language and lit) as her ethnic group of focus this time is Russian-Americans.
The coincidences were a bit much for me-- this did not feel polished or believable. Pretty bad, actually, but I really like Denise Hamilton so I'm giving it 2 stars anyway.
One in a good series of mysteries with a likable lead character whose sleuthing leads to different areas and cultures in the spread-out city of LA.
Samantha Sifleet
Great Book! Really well written. Excellent character development and a great who done it. THis is an author i will continue reading.
Not the best one I have read since it was hard to keep the characters straight but I will definitely read more of her books.
Enjoyable read. It helped that I met the author. I have a signed hardback copy.
Eve Diamond mystery, set in Los Angeles
Obvious and crappy
It's a fun read.
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Denise Hamilton is a Los Angeles-based writer-journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wired, Cosmopolitan, Der Spiegel, and New Times. A reporter for the L.A. Times for ten years, she covered not only L.A. stories, but also the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and burgeoning youth movements in Japan. A Fulbright scholar, she taught in t ...more
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