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by Peter Lovesey

eBook The Summons ePub
Author: Peter Lovesey
Language: English
ISBN: 0751516279
ISBN13: 978-0751516272
Publisher: Time Warner Books Uk (April 30, 1996)
Pages: 356
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 177
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ePub file: 1783 kb
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First published in Great Britain in 1995. by Little, Brown and Company. Published in the United States in 2004 by. Soho Press, Inc.

First published in Great Britain in 1995. The summons, Peter Lovesey. p. cm. ISBN 13: 978-1-56947-360-3.

Chapter One. They say when one door shuts, another opens. Peter Diamond, never comfortable in cars, tried repeatedly to get a conversation going, but neither of his escorts would be charmed or bullied into disclosing any more about the major emergency being used to justify this extraordinary night exercise. By Junction Three Diamond had concluded that they were just dogsbodies who knew nothing.

Peter (Harmer) Lovesey (born 1936), also known by his pen name Peter Lear, is a British writer of historical and contemporary detective novels and short stories. His best-known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian-era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern-day police detective in Bath. Lovesey was born in Middlesex, England, and attended Hampton Grammar School

Page 40 of Peter Lovesey's novel, The Summons reads: "She was dangling a violin by her right leg and a boy by her left.

Page 40 of Peter Lovesey's novel, The Summons reads: "She was dangling a violin by her right leg and a boy by her left. Someone circled the word "boy," and wrote, in pencil in the margin of this library book "bow?"

Peter Lovesey his escorts would be charmed or bullied into disclosing any more about the major emergency being used to justify this extraordinary night exercise. By Junction Three Diamond had concluded that they were just dogsbodies who knew nothing

The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque . Thus begins The Summons, the third in Peter Lovesey’s widely read series featuring the corpulent and irascible detective, Peter Diamond.

The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque character of Diamond himself. Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. One of the unfortunate characteristics of so many traditional English mystery novels is an overabundance of suspects.

Author: Peter Lovesey.

The summons comes at night. Two policemen collect Peter Diamond from his West London flat and drive him to Bath

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.

Saintrius
A convicted murderer engineers a daring escape from prison in England. Instead of fleeing abroad or hiding out in an isolated location elsewhere in the country, he returns to Bath, the town in Southwest England where the murder was committed. There he kidnaps the nineteen-year-old daughter of the assistant police commissioner and demands to speak with the detective who put him away. Unfortunately, the detective, Peter Diamond, had resigned in fury from the police several years previously and was eking out a living in London. Only when he receives a desperate phone call from the new commissioner does Diamond agree to allow the two officers sent to retrieve him to hustle him back to Bath. Once back in the headquarters of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, he learns that the man he helped convict of murder insists that he is innocent and that Diamond prove it before he will release the young woman. Thus begins The Summons, the third in Peter Lovesey’s widely read series featuring the corpulent and irascible detective, Peter Diamond.

Too many suspects

One of the unfortunate characteristics of so many traditional English mystery novels is an overabundance of suspects. So it is with The Summons. The novel reads well, Diamond is a fascinating character, and the suspense builds satisfactorily for much of the story. But once one suspect, then another and another, emerge from the tangled details of the murder case, the plot becomes increasingly difficult to believe. I enjoyed the two previous novels in Lovesey’s series, so I’ll give the next one a try as well. But the jury’s out on this series. I strongly favor credibility over contrivance.

About the author

Peter Lovesey has written two lengthy series of detective novels. One, early in his career, was set in Victorian times. The other, now fifteen books strong, features Peter Diamond. Lovesey has also written thirteen other novels and six short story collections.
greed style
This is an early entry in the Peter Diamond series, with the beefy copper off the Bath police force and eking out living in London with wife Stephanie. A prison escape and kidnapping bring him back to Bath and into an agreement to help prove the escaped felon was innocent of the murder that sent him to prison.

Author Lovesey delivers the expected serpentine procedural, with its host of red herrings and false starts. The characters are highly original and interesting and the reader can see that the Bath setting is shaping up to be what will be the hallmark of the series as it progresses. Lovesey's fondness for historical inserts flashes briefly in "The Summons" as Jane Austen is trotted out in the storyline.

This one is quite entertaining and has probably kept more than a few readers up all night flipping pages to the end. Count me as one of those.
kolos
Poor Peter Diamond is still out of work and the job prospects are drying up fast. He is offered a job posing as a nude model for a drawing class, and while it seems funny to his life, he is getting desperate for work and money. Will he do it? Thank heavens he is contacted about a previous case and is given job of looking at an old case he worked on. Twist is he may have made a mistake?

Again, complicated plot lines and lots of detail. Here is a new one: If you are in prison, you can cleverly escape by dyeing and tailoring t-shirts to look like a policeman's jacket (stolen buttons and all) and even make a hat out of cardboard. A prison riot is this convicted killers chance to change clothes and walk out to prove his innocence.

Again we get glimpses of all the suspects: A mysterious "crustie", a street guy, with a luxious trailer, drug dealer, who may be involved in the murder of first woman, a young journalist. A nasty landlady with a cheating husband who fancies the pretty boarder. Enough to kill her?

Another great Peter Lovesey mystery. Amusing that the old grumpy bear, Peter Lovesey is still pinching pennies and looking for work until he gets
the middle of the night "Summons" that his services are wanted by the police.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot. As always it is modern technology versus detecting the old fashioned away.
Arashitilar
I have ready several of the Diamond books, and I obviously enjoy them. But I like a British mystery and, for light reading, I don't require a perfectly tight story. But this book had quite a tight plot . A man who Diamond put in prison has escaped and taken hostage the daughter of one of the higher-ups in the British CID. Mountjoy always maintained his innocence, but as Peter Diamond says, "Don't they all?" But this time may be different because Mountjoy will talk to no one but Peter. And when they finally persuade Diamond to speak to him (lots of bad blood since Diamond was fired a few years back), all Mountjoy wants is for Diamond to personally investigate his case and try to find the real culprit. Diamond thinks he has already convicted the real culprit, but with a girl's life in danger, he agrees to look at the evidence once again.

I would give most of the Peter Diamond books 4 stars, but this one gets 5.
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