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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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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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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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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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Sumo showdown!

Very loveable character, is Peter Diamond. I was gasping and laughing at the action sequence involving the Sumo wrestler.

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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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an interesting story

this story has some references to modern covid-19 times in the sense of how much money is made for drugs how much money is going to be made in the upcoming vaccine set in the late 80s and has an international flair including England New York and Japan. a good performance in a very interesting storyline about a person's commitment and how it relates to the Japanese sense of commitment as well.

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Holds up well over the years

The story has two main parts that enter twine at the end of the story. I wasn’t sure where we were going along the way but that was perfectly fine as the two stories were interesting and very good character development. As always the narrator was superb and catching the British accent and style. I enjoyed this novel more than a few of the other detective Peter diamond novels.