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Peter Diamond, ex-CID and notoriously difficult to work with, is sacked from his latest job as a security guard in Harrods. Doggedly he turns his sleuthing skills to unravelling the mystery of a little Japanese girl abandoned in London. Naomi, as she is known, exhibits the classic symptoms of an autistic child.

Diamond regards her first as a challenge and soon as someone he cares passionately about and devotes himself to communicating with the child. He is close to a breakthrough when Naomi is abducted to New York.

By interpreting clues from drawings left by Naomi, Diamond goes in pursuit and is plunged into a maelstrom of murder and the mafia, suicide and drugs.

©1992 Peter Lovesey (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Excellent." (Birmingham Post)
"Phone-off-the-hook-time." (Independent)
"Here is a classic quest story intertwining kidnapping, murder, deception, fraud and farce with a Sumo wrestler in the unlikely role of fairy godmother. Lovesey sustains his reputation as a deft mystifier in one of the choicest crime-shelf entertainments of the year." (Guardian)
"Lovesey hatches the trickiest of plots, warmed with humour and characterisation to make them credible." (Literary Review)
"Superb, unashamedly traditional crime writing." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jenny Hodgkins
  • 10-10-16

Excellent

Love this series, I didn't manage to work out who did it until the end!

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  • Jo. Thompson
  • 09-15-16

Buy these books in the right order!

I enjoy the series of Peter Lovesey's and bought the series in the wrong order. It doesn't detract from each of the single books but I have gone back and am working my way through them. Great, staple, English cop stories - usually without any American involvement. That's the way I like them and this one was set partly in America and Japan and it worked really well.

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  • susan harper
  • 01-09-18

Excellent

Throughly enjoyed this book... I nearly always give 5 stars, if I don’t enjoy a book I return it or don’t finish it. This book really kept my interest, unusual story, likeable main character, excellent narrator..no bad language, just a really good well written detective story. Have just downloaded the next in the series. Thank you Peter Lovesey:-) Also, thank you to Michael Tudor Barnes for great narration!

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  • 11-30-16

not credible or believable

Would you try another book written by Peter Lovesey or narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

yes -only because most are better than this one

What could Peter Lovesey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not write it -it was a follow up book and to be different had diamond leave police force and become private detective travelling uk and usa getting inside police offices - not credible

Which character – as performed by Michael Tudor Barnes – was your favourite?

none memorable

Do you think Diamond Solitaire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

after this book back on straight and narrow police detective

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