The Last Detective (Peter Diamond #1)
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[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
I went on to re-read two others, one lively one about a crime-book-club, 'The Bloodh...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
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
Professor Greg Jackman's wife, Geraldine, is found dead in a lake. She is unidentified. Finally, after a couple of...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 b...more
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
I'd agree with...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
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
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
It is astonishing to know that we speak English from our mother land but just in 4 centuries we are really drifting apart in pronunciation of words. So, for those that tell you you are pronouncing a word incorrectly just say you are not
The mystery was good. Not a thriller but I was completely thrown on why till later in the book. I recommend. I surmised in one part of the book who it was but I can t tell you more.
This series is a rare treat for crime fiction fans!
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
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