One time police detective Peter Diamond loses his job as a security guard when he fails to spot a small Japanese child hiding in the furniture department of Harrods. Weeks later, she's still unclaimed; Diamond is unable to forget the frightened eyes of the silent little girl and takes on the challenge of uncovering her identity. Now Diamond is back in the sleuthing business, following a trail that leads from London to New York to Tokyo and to a shocking climax that may shatter his heart or cost him his life.
© Copyright © 2007 by Peter Lovesey. All rights reserved.; 2007 by Peter Lovesey. All rights reserved.
I am new to this series, but I liked this book. Peter Diamond was a police officer in the last book, but in the beginning of this one, he is working as a security guard. He found a mute little girl and becomes attached to her. He works tirelessly to find where she belongs. When she is abducted, he follows her trail through New York and Japan and he takes us with him and we are given a chance to figure out who the little girl is and why her family has apparently abandoned her -- and what that has to do with an international pharmaceutical company.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, but it could have ended much sooner. The plot Was somewhat inflated and I was ready to have it wrapped up about two-thirds of the way through. Also, Mr. Prebble does an excellent job with British voices, not so much with New Yorkers.
If you can get over the holes and incredulities, it's a good yarn. Prebble is priceless, as always. Love the way the lowly priest gets to introduce us to one of the more colorful plot events.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
So incredibly unrealistic and yet the author seems to think we'll take this ridiculous character seriously. It was all I could do to finish.
The story itself is somewhat credible, but the main character is not. He is supposed to be an experienced cop with a reputation for using logic; yet his behavior is never logical and he makes mistakes like a rookie might. Not worth a listen by any standard.
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