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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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  • M.
  • Round Rock, TX, United States
  • 09-15-16

A real treat

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Suspension of Disbelief

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story really pushes on the ability to "suspend disbelief". And yet, I kept listening.The events seemed implausible: the abandonement of a Japanese autistic child in a major department store, a former chief inspector volunteering at a school for autistic children,a meeting with a sumo wrestler, flights to the United States and Japan.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Any changes to the story would upset the balance of the incredible and make it a totally unbelievable story.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Simon Prebble is one of the best narrators, but I find the older audios more difficult to understand.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It took more than one sitting to finish this audio book, but I stayed awake at night to follow it to some of its incredible junctures.

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bit weak

struggled to finish, a bit too long, i prefer the stories taking place in england.

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Why not a movie?

Wonderful story so well told that it's hard to put down. Simon Prebble does a terrific job as the story teller. It' surprising that Diamond Solitaire hasn't been made a movie. I realize the Sumo wrestler part would be a challenge, but oh how I would love to see it!

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awwww Diamond

I'm glad I started reading the Diamond Series I have enjoyed them immensely thanks

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First book was a passable read. This one is not.

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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful