The Headhunters (Inspector Mallin Series #2)

The Headhunters (Inspector Mallin Series #2)

by Peter Lovesey

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ISBN-13: 9781569475805
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Inspector Mallin Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 283,755
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 Headhunters (Inspector Mallin Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Although the Hen Mallin series (of which there are only 2 titles so far - the other is THE CIRCLE - see the mini review below) is a police procedural, as an investigator Hen is very different to Peter Diamond. (see my recent review of COP TO CORPSE )Hen is very conscious of her male superiors just waiting for her to make a slip, constantly threatening that if a case is too much for her it could be handed on. Hen does act on impulse sometimes - in THE HEADHUNTERS she orders out the local divisional helicopter but luckily for her the move pays off.In THE HEADHUNTERS Lovesey plays with the unreliable narrator. We learn of events from several points of view but it is difficult to pick which one is not to be trusted. In fact there seem to be several candidates. There are also some really good red herrings.So another good story from Peter Lovesey.
RachelWeaver on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is the first of Lovesey's that I've read that wasn't in the Peter Diamond series. I enjoyed the characters and the audio reading was excellent, but I think I'm still more of a Peter Diamond fan.
Romonko on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I am a long-term fan of Lovesey, and I particularly like Hen Mallin, so I was really waiting for this book to come out. It did not disappoint me at all. I love the way Lovesey builds characters as he has done again in this book. His depiction of the four friends in the Headhunter group is gripping, and it makes the reader feel a part of it all. Lovesey always maintains a balance of humour with suspense, and he does that again here. He is truly one of Great Britain's best fiction writers. His books are written like a finely choreographed dance. Each character has a part to play, and we watch as the story unfolds. And he uncovers truly chilling villains in his books. This one is no exception to that either. Excellent!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Near Selsey, Jo Stevens saw what she thought was a beached dolphin amongst the trash that came ashore on the beach. However, she got closer and realized she found a half naked woman dead amidst the seaweed and garbage. Chichester CID Inspector Henrietta 'Hen' Mallin and her team lead the official inquiry starting with who she is and whether her death was an accident or a homicide.---------- However, before the cops can dig into the case, Jo finds a second corpse eerily similar to the first one she reported. This time she fears telling the cops because the coincidence is too weird and she would become the prime suspect of two murders. She fails to inform the police. When the body is reported, Hen and her subordinates focus on Stevens and even more on her boyfriend who knew both victims.------------- THE HEADHUNTERS is a unique English police procedural as the storyline rotates points of view between the inspector and the corpse finder especially fascinating is reading the logical rationalization of Jo when she fails to report the second dead body to the authorities. Fans will appreciate this diamond of a tale as Hen and her CID team works on solving the two homicides while also seeking her first investigation (see THE CIRCLE).---------------- Harriet Klausner