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by Sphere, 5 July 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6465-5
6 April 2017. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6466-2 (PB)
Two, very tired uniformed PC’s, at the end of their
shift, take their last emergency call of the night. They are speeding along,
sirens howling, on their way to sort the incident, when the driver loses
control and the car veers off the road, leaving one of them dead and the other
in a life threatening condition.
DI Diamond is
called in to investigate the accident, and hopes to prove the PC’s were not in
way at fault. He arrives at the scene of the accident, where, much to his
horror, he discovers another man, unconscious but alive; this man had been
riding on a motorised tricycle, and obviously involved in the accident, but had
been overlooked when the emergency services had arrived to help the police. Diamond
immediately gives CPR, then the man is rushed to hospital where he is put on a
life support machine.
After the discovery
of an urn of ashes in the back of the tricycle belonging to this man, Diamond
starts his investigations into the unidentified civilian. He finds where he
lives and quickly discovers books in the house on -how to kill without being discovered. This civilian, who lies
fighting for his own life, Diamond is now realising is probably a wanted serial
Diamond is a down
to earth and likeable man, and like anyone else now struggles with his own
conscious. However, this is a Peter Lovesey story, the master of misleading
guiles. And, all is most definitely not what it seems. It will keep you guessing,
and it will surprise you too. It is pace driven, and stylishly written.
Lovesey’s dialogue is excellent, and the setting is the historical city of
Bath. And, if you are a train fan, that is yet another bonus.
In summing up, or
in the words of a Cartier Dagger judging panel….No one Does it Better. Lovesey
is just at the top of his game. This books comes- Highly Recommended.
Peter Loveseywas born in 1936, and attended Hampton
Grammar School before going to Reading University to study fine art. He soon
switched to English. National Service followed before Peter qualified as a
teacher. Having already published The Kings of Distance, named Sports
Book of the Year by World Sports, in 1969 he saw a competition offering
£1,000 for a first crime novel and decided to enter. Wobble to Death won
and in 1975 Peter became a full-time crime writer, winning awards including the
Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2000 in recognition of his career in crime writing.
Linda Reganis the author of six
police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters
degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column,
including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club
spot on BBC Radio Kent.
She is an avid reader, and welcomes the chance to read new writers.