The Secret Hangman
A Peter Diamond Mystery
Peter Diamond, the Bath detective, is having woman trouble. His boss wants him to find a missing person, the daughter of one of her friends in the choir. He is not enthusiastic. Another woman, who calls herself his Secret Admirer, wants to set up a meeting in a local pub. He tries ignoring her. Then there is sexy Ingeborg Smith, the ex-journo detective constable, distracting the murder squad from their duties. No one ignores Ingeborg.
Murder becomes a possibility when a woman’s body is found hanging from a playground swing in Sydney Gardens. Soon Diamond is certain that a secret hangman is at work in the city. The hunt for the killer, through abandoned mine workings and the deserted city by night, galvanizes the entire squad and forces Diamond to face his own demons as well as the killer.
UK publisher: Sphere, 2007 ISBN 978-1-84744-009-9
US publisher: Soho Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1-56947-457-0
“When it comes to a classic British puzzle mystery – the kind where the lead detective leaves the forensic details to the clever young cops working the computers, then figures out the solution in his head – Peter Lovesey is your man. … Writing in a style that accepts no boundary between morbid and merry, Lovesey proves that the traditional puzzle mystery is always a bit of fun and games.”
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review