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Peter Lovesey
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June 1 2004
John Mountjoy has escaped from prison and taken a hostage, and the only person he’ll talk to is Detective Peter Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier for the murder of a young journalist. Diamond must follow a cold trail to find another killer and clear Mountjoy’s name before another life is lost.

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Peter Diamond is unemployed and down-and-out, but his old CID department comes knocking when they need him. John Mountjoy, a murderer, has broken out of prison and taken a hostage -- and the only person he'll talk to is Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier. Unless Diamond can follow a very cold murder trail to find another killer and clear Mountjoy's name, another woman will die. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A resourceful convict's escape from a prison dubbed "the British Alcatraz" launches Peter Diamond's third case (after Diamond Solitaire). Once out of Albany Prison, John Mountjoy kidnaps the Assistant Chief Constable's daughter in order to force the Bath police to reopen his case. His demand: that the detective who put him away for murder now find the real killer. What he doesn't know is that Diamond?fat, bald and brilliant?has resigned from the force in a huff and lives in London, where his odd jobs include "collecting supermarket trolleys from a car park." But his old bosses need him desperately and, to his own astonishment, he begins to be pursuaded that he had indeed goofed the first time. But a race is on between Diamond (with one helper, Detective Inspector Julie Hargreaves) and a team of trigger-happy cops who are itching to run Mountjoy down. The chase leads to a "crusty" (hippy) encampment, a horse funeral, a battered husband, "buskers" (street entertainers) and a siege of a huge old empty luxury hotel. Except for one irritating device used to delay the denouement, the action proceeds logically, with solid plot construction, savvy dialogue and great good humor.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Diamond is Back. Nov. 28 2003
Format:Hardcover
I can't believe that I'm the first person to review this book. For those readers who love British procedurals, I can't believe that you haven't discovered Peter Diamond! Lovesey's character is the most emgaging you will find in a month of Sundays. In this third book in the series, Peter Diamond is summoned back to Bath CID to help capture a killer that he had had put away 4 years ago. Apparently, this killer had pulled off an escape from prison, and kidnapped the daughter of a policeman high up in the CID in order to get Diamond to prove his innocence of the crime that he had put him away for. Diamond teams up with Julie Hargreaves and they manage to outwit all the CID and the Bath police force and determine that this ex-convict was indeed innocent. Then they have the job of proving who actually did the crime, and let me tell you, it was a real surprise to me. Diamond is a gem, and I love this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Diamond is Back. Nov. 28 2003
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I can't believe that I'm the first person to review this book. For those readers who love British procedurals, I can't believe that you haven't discovered Peter Diamond! Lovesey's character is the most emgaging you will find in a month of Sundays. In this third book in the series, Peter Diamond is summoned back to Bath CID to help capture a killer that he had had put away 4 years ago. Apparently, this killer had pulled off an escape from prison, and kidnapped the daughter of a policeman high up in the CID in order to get Diamond to prove his innocence of the crime that he had put him away for. Diamond teams up with Julie Hargreaves and they manage to outwit all the CID and the Bath police force and determine that this ex-convict was indeed innocent. Then they have the job of proving who actually did the crime, and let me tell you, it was a real surprise to me. Diamond is a gem, and I love this series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Mystery Without any Red Herrings May 6 2012
By Grey Wolffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When Peter Diamond is awoken by two detectives from his old patch and told he's needed in Bath, Diamond is a little skeptical. It's been two years since he walked out on his job as Superintendent of the CID, and during that time he hasn't found any work that is satisfying. It seems that a murderer he put in "England's Alcatraz" has escaped and kidnapped the daughter of one of his former bosses. He took the daughter of ACC Tott off the street in central Bath where she was 'busking' with her violin. She had left home after a family spat and the story had been in the papers.

The escaped murderer (Mountjoy) had read the article in the paper and used the kidnapping of Tott's daughter Samantha (Sam) as leverage to get Diamond put back on his case. He claims he was falsely convicted and wants Diamond to take another look at the case. At the time of his arrest, he was the prime suspect and everyone else, was 'supposedly' eliminated. But did Diamond do a 'thorough' job? With the help of one of his old team of detectives he goes through the case with a fine tooth comb looking for anything they may have missed the first time around.

Lovesey does a fabulous job of finding tiny discrepancies that were easily missed during the pressure of a murder investigation when the supposed' perpetrator is already in jail. What makes this believable is that Diamond and Inspector Julie Hargreaves run into dead ends and have fruitless searches during the investigation. It doesn't go smoothly nor should it. Though there are no red herrings in the story, there is some information that the reader is not privy to, that would have made it easier to come up with the 'motive' for the murder but not the murderer. All in all a good job with a teaser at the end as to how the series will progress.

Zeb Kantrowitz
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine early Diamond May 25 2009
By Laurie Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a Peter Diamond that somehow escaped me when I discovered and embraced this prickly, irascible detective. If you enjoy the Dalziel and Pascoe novels of Reginald Hill, you'll probably like this series as well.

Diamond has resigned from his Bath CID in a huff and, as this book begins, he is repenting at leisure. That changes when he is hauled back to Bath to deal with John Mountjoy, a woman-abusing escaped prison inmate who has kidnapped a CID officer's daughter and is asking for Diamond. A note: the account of Mountjoy's escape from prison is just brilliant.

Mountjoy claims innocence, even though he was convicted of murder. He wants Diamond, the original arresting officer, to reinvestigate. While the CID plays along to try to keep the daughter alive, Diamond digs in and, with the assistance of the sensible and capable Julie Hargreaves, begins to look at the murder investigation again with what he hopes are fresh eyes. And there are things to see with those fresh eyes.

It is a fairly straightforward journey toward the culmination of this reinvestigation and enough fears about the survival of the kidnapped daughter to keep the tension flowing, but some annoying coincidences keep this from being a flawless Diamond. Even so, I feel this was a worthwhile read to be recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this right down to the last page May 23 2013
By Caroline Lim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Inspector Diamond resigned from the CID, and being somewhat miserable living in a basement apartment with his wife, is summoned back to the crime division by the Chief because a man he helped put away for murder has escaped, kidnapped the a young woman, and refuses to give himself up or release the woman until Diamond agrees to meet with him.

Diamond is now faced with a new challenge ... although no longer with the police force, he is being asked to locate the missing woman and help facilitate the recapture of the escaped prisoner. But things are not as simple as they appear. The escaped prisoner maintains his innocence and casts a sliver of doubt in Diamond's mind that perhaps he had the wrong man incarcerated.

Looking through the files from a case that took place more than 3 years ago is challenging enough, but having to consider other potential suspects and attempt to uncover additional evidence is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. And what is Diamond's end goal anyway?

Is the escaped prisoner telling the truth and will they find the answers and the true murderer or is he just leading them on a merry chase and will he kill his hostage at the end?

I found it very entertaining and I enjoyed the surprising twists that surfaced along the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy to read. April 2 2014
By ahawkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love the series. Love the characters. A joy to read, start to finish. Lovesey has once again told a masterful story.
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