A Peter Diamond mystery
Barry Award shortlist, 2002
When a woman is shot dead in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park, it is Diamond who goes to the scene and finds that the victim is Stephanie, his wife.
Traumatised, grief-stricken and angry for justice, Diamond is told that this is one case he won’t be allowed to work on. Not only that. As the victim’s spouse, he is an obvious suspect. While the police put their efforts into checking his alibi, Diamond starts his own unauthorised investigation. Soon he is sifting the dust of his entire career. This is Diamond’s most touching and demanding case.
UK Publisher: Little, Brown, 2002 ISBN 0-316-85985-0
US Publisher: Soho Press, 2002 ISBN 1-56947-291-2
UK Paperback: Time Warner, 2003 ISBN 0-7515-3249-5
Latest US Paperback: Soho Press, 2003 ISBN 1-56947-322-6
Latest UK Paperback: Sphere, 2014 ISBN 978-0751553628
“Lovesey’s writing is lucid and succinct, and he is a consummate story-teller. I am not myself at all perceptive in spotting the central deception of any whodunit. But this time I’d almost begun to work out the surprise denouement, since I guessed (rightly, I think) that Lovesey had given us slightly too big a clue at one point. Why ‘almost begun’? Because the author was still one jump ahead of the field with a sweetly satisfying second surprise, of which I had entertained not the faintest notion.”
Colin Dexter, The Oldie
“Lovesey takes his hero to emotional places he’s never been before while constructing a plot of infernal ingenuity.”
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Lovesey will be hard-pressed to surpass this current effort for its combination of the puzzle and the personal, but based on his current achievement, it would be no great surprise if he did.”
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)