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The Last Detective

On sale

26th July 2012

Price: £9.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781405519892

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The very first Peter Diamond mystery, and Anthony Award winning novel, from the superb Peter Lovesey.

A woman’s naked body is found floating in the weeds of a lake near Bath, by an elderly woman walking her Siamese cats. No-one comes forward to identify her, and no murder weapon is found, but sleuthing is Superintendent Peter Diamond’s speciality. A genuine gumshoe, practising door-stopping and deduction: he is the last detective.

Struggling with office politics and a bizarre cast of suspects, Diamond strikes out on his own, even when Forensics think they have the culprit. Eventually, despite disastrous personal consequences, and amongst Bath’s rambling buildings and formidable history, the last detective exposes the uncomfortable truth . . .

Reviews

Colin Dexter
A consummate storyteller
New York Times Book Review
A bravura performance from a veteran showman: slyly paced, marbled with surprise and, in the end, strangely affecting
LITERARY REVIEW
Admirably unpredictable (Lovesey keeps you guessing until the very end) and entertaining all the way
YORKSHIRE POST
More twists and turns than the Snake Pass, a joy to the last page.
SCOTSMAN
Peter Diamond may be my favourite fictional police detective - perky, dogged and very clever
The Times
A terrific job
The Wall St Journal
Mr Lovesey maintains a wonderful tone throughout . . . A comedy of bad manners, full of oddball characters and wacky events develops into a perfectly realised murder mystery whose skilful misdirection never oversteps the bounds of fair play