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Publisher's Summary

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.

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You have to like Peter Diamond

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.

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A real treat

Enjoyed the story from start to finish! A real treat! And I thoroughly enjoy the narrator!

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Excellent - in every way

This is a "who dun it" that excels. Characters are well developed, even the minor ones. Peter Diamond is an appealing character: retired police detective down on his luck, strong thinker but with a soft heart for a child, The plot seems at first to be two stories, but about 2//3 through they converge, and a very intriguing story it is! And the narrator, Simon Prebble, voices each character like the true actor he is. I strongly recommend this Peter Diamond mystery.

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Stretches Credibility

I found it hard to buy that he would go to such lengths to find the little girl, the basic premise of the book. Not the best in the series.

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Good but somewhat drawn out

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.

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Good, but not too in the series

The storyline of the book was pretty good but not my favorite in the Peter Diamond series so far. I did enjoy the focus on the girl as a nice way of making this story apart from some of the others.

The narrator is very talented. In this performance my only gripe is that the American characters sounded British as well. And many of the things they said were British sounding words or phrases. However that is how it’s written so I can blame him for the terminology. I am still enjoying the series.

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JUST FANTASTIC!!!!

I have to admit that I nearly turned it off in the first five minutes because of the “massage” scene and admittedly there were two or three “F” words which, had they continued, would have DEFINITELY nixed it for me, but fortunately they and the “massage” scene ended quickly!! Some strong arm tactics and violence but handled without gruesome details. The Last Detective is a great story, but Diamond Solitaire is simply a FANTASTIC one!!!! The pieces of the puzzle are incredibly linked, and the story is totally (almost!) believable!!! And as more than one reviewer has said, you just have to like Peter Diamond!! And having listened to many of Simon Prebble’s narrations, this is, to me, one of his all time best!!! Moving on to the next in the series!!!!!

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Wow! Exciting story!

Superintendent Diamond is really growing on me. He can be a bit curmudgeonly but he is tenacious about getting to the truth. There is quite a bit of action in this one and also some humorous moments. I really enjoyed this story and also learned a few things about autism and Sumo wrestling! If that doesn’t pique your interest nothing will! :) The narrator did a fabulous job between the British, Japanese, Italian, and New York accents. I look forward to the next one!

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Full of Whoppers!

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.

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Riveting plot, but moments of incredulity Mar sati

l liked this book, and especially the reader, who really brings the characters to life. the book seemed so well researched, that I was shocked at the incident of someone so easily removing a child from a home. Even in the 80's there would have been reams of paperwork before such a thing would have been allowed. But other than a few other moments where things happened that were so unlikely that they broke the suspension of disbelief, I really enjoyed this second Inspector Diamond mystery (better than the first one) and will try a third!