The Last Detective (Peter Diamond #1)
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I really enjoyed this first in a mystery series featuring Peter Diamond. I was introduced to it when I asked my friend Kathleen about her favorite books of 2015 and this was on the list. Diamond appears on the surface as a strong-arm, arrogant detective, but is shown to be more than what's on the surface in the course of this story. A woman is found naked in a lake at the beginning of the book and it appears that there are no clues to go on. Diamond to the rescue! He is old school, do ...more
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 had so much fun recognizing the places in the story, but you don't have to be familiar with the delights of Bath to enjoy the book. I also appreciated how the author threw in references to Jane Austen, who lived in Bath for several years and made it the setting of two novels.
At first I wasn't sure I cared for the protagonist, Detective ...more
I actually liked Peter Diamond, although not so much his name, I admit. We share an apprehension of technology and a deep-rooted need to prove ourselves.
decent mystery and pacing, good characters, fast read
Soho Crime, celebrating 25 years of publishing international crime fiction, has thrown down the gauntlet with a reading challenge, and I’ve accepted – beginning with the first of 16 books in the Peter Diamond series. I have two months to read my way through Peter Lovesey. I didn’t need two days to read The Last Detective.
The book won the 1992 Anthony Boucher Award for Best Mystery, and I’ve no quarrel with that decision. I was captivated from the introduction o ...more
A fiendishly clever murder mystery
The Last Detective begins like a traditional murder mystery but quickly veers off course into a series of puzzling discoveries. The plot is full of suspense. It’s no wonder Loves ...more
Peter Diamond is called the last detective because although he grudgingly uses the new technology that the world has to offer, he doesn't rely on it blindly, and it's a good thing he doesn't. Things aren't always what they seem.
Diamond is an abrasive character, yet still compassionate, and charming in his own weird way, and I found myself rooting for him. The other main characters (well, the suspects, at least) were ...more
This investigation of a nude dead wo ...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
7. Has ...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 r...more
This is great writing and great detective fiction. Written in 1991, it will sound a little dated in its r ...more
I will admit to not liking Peter Diamond much in the beginning of the book. He was kind of a jerk. But, I start ...more