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The third detective story in the award-winning Peter Diamond series, from Peter Lovesey.

The summons comes at night. Two policemen collect Peter Diamond from his West London flat and drive him to Bath. Once head of the murder squad there, he is now out of touch in his retirement, unaware of an audacious escape from Albany Prison.

Four years previously, Diamond headed the investigation of the bizarre murder of a Swedish woman journalist, her mouth stuffed with red roses. Now the convicted murderer is at large and has already kidnapped the daughter of the Assistant Chief Constable. He is demanding that the case be re-examined and he will deal only with Diamond.

Winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger and shortlisted for the Edgar Award.

Reviews

No-one has done this kind of thing better since Dorothy L. Sayers . . . A must for crime buffs
Mail on Sunday
Lovesey has an extraordinary talent for picking up the conventions of the classic English detective novel and delivering them with an entirely contemporary twist
Val McDermid
Larky and light, but as always, with more gravitas than you'd suppose
Literary Review
A masterly surprise . . . the best of Lovesey's Diamond novels to date
Sunday Times
This could be the jewel in Lovesey's crown
Yorkshire Post