The Last Detective

The Last Detective

Large Print - 1992
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Burly and blunt Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must find the identity of a nude female body found floating in a lake and then--find the murderer.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1992
ISBN: 9781560542889
1560542888
Characteristics: 580 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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captbligh
Jun 03, 2017

I'll read the next one.

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zipread
Mar 23, 2017

It is truly amazing how certain authors and their characters can get to you. After only a couple of Lovesey's novels I was hooked. Especially his Peter Diamond novels. Cop Diamond isn't always the nicest of guys. Overbearing, browbeating, downright unsavory, he nonetheless "gets his man". My reservation, however, is that while he dangled every possible entity in the book in front of you as possible perpetrators of the crime, at the very conclusion, it ends up being a relatively minor protagonist --- kind of a "deus ex machina" --- perhaps a bit of a cheat.. In spite of that, The Last Detective was a pleasure to read, er, tear through.

Great read. Well developed characters and interesting tensions in the police department. I found the comments about the shortcomings of the English Public School system most interesting.

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storywizard
Mar 06, 2016

Very enjoyable read, the depth of the major characters development was really well laid out, loved the ending..Diamond is rough, grumpy and totally likable

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paulsarkisian
Sep 22, 2015

I really enjoyed The Last Detective. The plot twists were carefully woven, so the book held my interest and the progression of the case felt solid and believable. A good British police procedural. I liked Det. Peter Diamond - grumpy and troubled, but not warped. I found myself caring about the characters.

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sandraperkins
Nov 15, 2014

This book started slowly, but it had enough plot twists to keep my interest. The characters were not people I especially liked. I am not sure I liked it enough to read more in this series.

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melissajonas
Jun 22, 2014

This is well written. Like the other reviewer, I'd like to give it 3.5. I compare it to Helen Tursten's Irene Huss books--smart characters, good pace, not a lot of violence, solidly written. Points off for being dated, as the other reviewer mentioned. It's not timeless--however, it's not trying to be, so I shouldn't complain. I like the character Peter Diamond and I look forward to more time with him.

JCLHunterSt Jun 08, 2013

This is the first book in the Peter Diamond series by Lovesey. It was a good read, but not great. If I could, I would have given it a 3.5 rating, somewhere between above average but not quite very good. It is set in Bath, England in the early 1990’s and thus is a bit dated, as far as procedures, forensic evidence, etc are concerned. I had trouble liking the main character, Det. Peter Diamond, but I suspect as the series proceeds, he will become more likable. I’m willing to give it a try and have plans to read the second book in the series as soon as it becomes available to me.

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