The Summons

Peter Lovesey - The Summons


A Peter Diamond mystery

The Macallan CWA Silver Dagger Winner, 1995
MWA Edgars shortlist, 1995
Critics Choice Awards Selection, 1995

The summons comes at night. Two policemen collect Peter Diamond from his West London flat and drive him to Bath. Once he was head of the murder squad there. These days he is out of touch, unaware of an audacious escape from Albany Prison.

Four years previously, a Swedish woman journalist was murdered in Bath in bizarre circumstances, her mouth stuffed with red roses. The investigation had been headed by Diamond. Now the convicted murderer is at large. Worse, he has kidnapped the daughter of the Assistant Chief Constable. He is demanding that the case be re-examined and he will deal only with Diamond.

UK Publisher: Little, Brown, 1995 ISBN 0-316-91078-3
US Publisher: Mysterious Press, 1995 ISBN 0-89296-551-7
UK Paperback: Warner Books, 1996 ISBN 0-7515-1627-9
US Paperback: Mysterious Press, 1996 ISBN 0-446-40369-5
Latest US paperback: Soho Press, 2004 ISBN 1-56947-360-9
Latest UK paperback: Sphere, 2014 ISBN 978-0751553666

“Diamond is forever. The outcome is a masterly surprise. This is the best of Lovesey’s Diamond novels to date.”
John Coleman, The Sunday Times

The Summons is a classic.”
The Economist

“Diamond’s adventures get better and better – and this could be the jewel in Lovesey’s crown.”
Yorkshire Post