Diamond Solitaire

Diamond Solitaire

The Second Peter Diamond Investigation

Book - 1992
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"The chase, which includes a friendly Sumo wrestler and adventures in Japan, is a pleasure to follow, and Lovesey makes the relationship between tough cop and troubled child wholly beguiling."-- Los Angeles Times

Fired from the police force for insubordination, Peter Diamond is reduced to working as a security guard at Harrod's. Turns out he can't even hold that job--he gets fired after finding an abandoned Japanese girl in the store after closing. "Naomi," as he calls her, exhibits strong signs of autism, and he devotes himself to communicating with her in order to glean her identity and return her to her rightful home. Weeks later, a Japanese woman appears out of the blue to claim the little girl, and it appears as though Diamond's job is done. If only that were true. Armed only with only Naomi's drawings as clues, Diamond races to track down her kidnappers and save her life.
Publisher: New York :, Soho Press,, ©1992.
ISBN: 9781569472927
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LOV
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 29, 2018

"Diamond Solitaire," first published in 1992, is the second novel in the Peter Diamond series. The plot starts very slowly with the kidnapping of an autistic Japanese girl in London. The author demonstrates his storytelling skills by having Peter Diamond grab a British Airways supersonic Concorde flight to New York City for 5,030. British pounds. With respect to aviation, it seems that the world has gone backwards. Today, you cannot fly at supersonic speed at any price. Later, Peter Diamond is beaten and dumped into the Hudson River. For fans of mysteries that are puzzles, I would rate "Diamond Solitaire" at 4.0 stars.

Jun 08, 2017

Better than the first! A small complaint: Diamond has an unreal way of convincing people to his way.

Nov 30, 2013

Great book. I had read some of Lovesey's books and enjoyed his writing. Thought I would go back to his early books. So glad I did. The writing superb, the interplay of characters was great. Very much enjoyed the Diamond character and now wish to pursue reading the other books in this series. Definitely a read.

Oct 30, 2013

I read about the Diamond series because a new one was recently published. I thought I'd go back to the beginning I didn't like the first one all that well--I found it slow. But perservering I read this, the second. And I really like it. The author has hit a stride. I feel like I'm just getting to know Diamond, but what I know I like. And I look forward to the next.

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