Diamond Solitaire

Peter Lovesey - Diamond Solitaire


A Peter Diamond mystery

Peter Diamond, ex-CID and notoriously difficult to work with, is sacked from his latest job as a security guard in Harrods. Doggedly he turns his sleuthing skills to unravelling the mystery of a little Japanese girl abandoned in London. Naomi, as she is known, exhibits the classic symptoms of the autistic child. Diamond regards her first as a challenge and soon as someone he cares passionately about. Encouraged by a famous sumo wrestler, he devotes himself to achieving communication with the child and is close to a breakthrough when Naomi is abducted to New York.

By interpreting clues in the form of drawings made by Naomi, Diamond goes in pursuit and is plunged into a maelstrom of murder and the mafia, suicide and smart drugs.

UK Publisher: Little, Brown, 1992 ISBN 0-316-90325-6
US Publisher: Mysterious Press, 1993 ISBN 0-89296-535-5
UK Paperback: Warner Futura, 1993 ISBN 0-7515-0160-3
US Paperback: Mysterious Press, 1994 ISBN 0-446-40347-4
Latest US Paperback: Soho Press, 2002 ISBN 1-56947-292-0
Latest UK Paperback: Sphere, 2014 ISBN 978-0751553673

“Lovesey sustains his reputation as a deft mystifier in one of the choicest crime-shelf entertainments of the year.”
Matthew Coady, The Guardian

“Polish up the Gold Dagger; Lovesey’s angling for another.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“A book that without gimmickry or cross-genre splicing, delivers superb, unashamedly traditional crime writing. Lovesey’s mysteries have won awards in England and France; he has previously been nominated for an Edgar, as he could be again for this fine tale.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)