The Summons (Peter Diamond Series #3)

The Summons (Peter Diamond Series #3)

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by Peter Lovesey
     
 

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Convicted murderer John Mountjoy escape from prison, kidnaps a young girl, and demands to see the policeman who originally arrested him--now-retired Peter Diamond--to proclaim his innocence. Diamond agrees because he thinks Mountjoy really is innocent--and begins a race against time to solve a four-year-old mystery and set an innocent man free. HC: Mysterious Press.

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Convicted murderer John Mountjoy escape from prison, kidnaps a young girl, and demands to see the policeman who originally arrested him--now-retired Peter Diamond--to proclaim his innocence. Diamond agrees because he thinks Mountjoy really is innocent--and begins a race against time to solve a four-year-old mystery and set an innocent man free. HC: Mysterious Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Oct.)
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Praise for The Summons
 
“Good stuff . . . Breezy, British, and as comfy as a Cotswold cottage.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“The Summons is a classic.”
The Economist
 
“Written with energy and style, a masterly performance.”
Rocky Mountain News
 
“Lovesey provides a riveting and ingenious plot, clever characterizations, and splendid humor, plus—best of all—the unparalleled Peter Diamond. Rates a definite thumbs-up!”
Booklist
 
“A splendid idea worked out with surpassing ingenuity. Full marks to Diamond and his inventive creator.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786205608
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Peter Diamond Series, #3
Pages:
562
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.18(d)

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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The Summons (Peter Diamond Series #3) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
The Peter Diamond mystery series is a British classic. Diamond, former CID murder investigator, has had his knocks. He is still looking for work and is just considering working as an artists' model (!) when opportunity comes knocking. Diamond is proof positive that one can be very wrong about something important and still make a comeback, if we still needed to be reminded. Once again he has managed to claw his way back to the top of the heap, though one cannot help but wonder how long he'll last. He doesn't always make friends on the way up--in fact he manages to alienate just about everybody. I was just getting used to his switching jobs every couple of months, and here he is...but that would be telling. A busker is kidnapped by an escaped convict, and the kidnapper is willing to negotiate, but only with Diamond. Called back by his old bosses, he sets up an alternate office and investigates an old crime in order to defuse the new one. He manages, sliding into home just as the clock strikes. It is a wonderful finale...heart-poundingly, nail-bitingly close. I love seeing how writers manage to ratchet up the tension level. Maj Sjowall's Roseanna went from zero to sixty in a matter of sentences in the last few pages, making it the book to beat when seeking an example of "breathtaking."
ParkinSM More than 1 year ago
Well written, great characters, wonderful descriptions of Bath, humor and lots of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago