Lovesey's second novel starring Chichester CID inspector Henrietta "Hen" Mallin (after 2005's The Circle) provides further proof that the CWA Diamond Dagger winner has no peer in presenting a traditional mystery, with all the clues hiding in plain sight. When a half-naked female body washes up on a beach, Mallin and her team must identify the woman as well as determine whether she met her end through foul play. Before the corpse can be named, Jo Stevens, who found the body tangled in seaweed, comes across another one in remarkably similar circumstances. Fearing that she'll fall under Mallin's intense scrutiny, Stevens fails to report this second death. Between the alternating perspectives of Mallin and Stevens, the suspense builds, enhanced by credible characters and healthy doses of black humor. The police eventually connect the two cases and focus on Stevens's new beau, a laconic ex-con who had a past with both victims, but the solution is, of course, not so straightforward. Inspector Mallin deserves as long a fictional career as Lovesey's other current series sleuth, Peter Diamond. (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Headhunters (Inspector Mallin Series #2)by Peter Lovesey
"'I could cheerfully murder my boss,' Gemma remarks over coffee. She and her friend Jo joke about fantastic ways of committing the crime. The game is so amusing that on a double date with Jake and Rick they discuss forming a murder society and soon the quartet are calling themselves 'The Headhunters.' But some of Rick's suggestions sound uncomfortably serious." On the… See more details below
"'I could cheerfully murder my boss,' Gemma remarks over coffee. She and her friend Jo joke about fantastic ways of committing the crime. The game is so amusing that on a double date with Jake and Rick they discuss forming a murder society and soon the quartet are calling themselves 'The Headhunters.' But some of Rick's suggestions sound uncomfortably serious." On the following Sunday morning, Jo is horrified to find a dead body on the beach at Selsey. It takes the police some time to identify the victim and by then Gemma and Jo together have found another corpse. This time it's a colleague of Gemma's. Worse still, Gemma's boss is missing....
In this second novel (after The Circle) to feature Inspector Henrietta "Hen" Mallin, Hen suspects a woman might be more directly involved in the murder of her boss than she admits. Award winner Lovesey never fails to entertain: his books are as complicated and well written as those of Ian Rankin and John Harvey. Here, the suspense will keep readers turning pages long into the night. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ12/07.]
Jo Ann Vicarel
“The Headhunters offers proof once again that nobody can write the modern traditional detective novel as perfectly as Lovesey.”—The Denver Post
“Further proof that [Lovesey] has no peer in presenting a traditional mystery.... Mallin deserves as long a fictional career as Peter Diamond.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Virtually impossible to figure out whodunit.... Catnip for enthusiasts of the classic puzzler.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The suspense will keep readers turning pages long into the night.”—Library Journal
Meet the Author
Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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