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The Summons by Peter Lovesey
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The Summons (1995)

by Peter Lovesey

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Series: Peter Diamond (3)

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A different kind of police procedure, since Peter Diamond isn't really an official detective, but is working for the police assisted by Inspector Julie Hargreaves, an up-and-coming detective who is one of the few who manages to tolerate the irascible old man without taking too much gaff from him. The plot is rather interesting, and there is an abundance of suspects. Like most procedurals, it is slow going at times. However, some of the situations seem too highly contrived, especially toward the end. It is as if the author sacrifices credibility in order to provide some final twists. I refer here to the appearance of the crusties in the tower. Another unbelievable event concerns his deal with the chief constable. Although Diamond has some leverage, I doubt the chief would agree to fire the current head of detectives and promise to hire Diamond into his old position.

The story is much enhanced by the superb narration by Simon Prebble, one of my favorite readers. ( )
  MidwestGeek | Dec 29, 2017 |
I have grown quite fond of the protagonist, Peter Diamond. Will definately continue with this series. ( )
  briellenadyne | Sep 6, 2016 |
Peter Diamond has struggled since he quit his job as head of the police murder squad in Bath, England. Then, he’s given an offer he can’t refuse – from the higher-ups who had made his life miserable. A convicted murderer, John Mountjoy, whom Diamond put behind bars has escaped. Then he kidnapped the daughter of one of the police higher-ups, not for ransom, but to force the police department to have Diamond meet him face-to-face and then re-investigate the murder – of which Mountjoy says he’s innocent. Obviously the escapee doesn’t know Diamond is no longer a cop.

Diamond is in a great negotiating position. When things don’t go his way, he can threaten to walk away. Plus, he’s thinking that maybe he can wangle his old job back on better terms. It’s worth a shot. Soon after starting his investigation, he comes to believe he DID get it wrong – that Mountjoy IS innocent. But nothing short of a confession by the real killer will get Mountjoy out of prison. So that’s what Diamond and his colleague, Inspector Julie Hargreaves, set out to do.

The Summons hands Diamond an intricate puzzle that forces him and Hargreaves to use their considerable detecting skills to find the real perpetrator in time to save the life of the young woman he’s holding hostage. That whole relationship is reminiscent of O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief.” ( )
  NewsieQ | Feb 12, 2016 |
another enjoyable outing with Diamond. Really a very adorable detective despite all his paunchy curmudgeonliness. Liked the pair up with Inspector Hargreaves who gives as good as she gets from Diamond.

checked out from library ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
another enjoyable outing with Diamond. Really a very adorable detective despite all his paunchy curmudgeonliness. Liked the pair up with Inspector Hargreaves who gives as good as she gets from Diamond.

checked out from library ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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Peter Diamond is unemployed and down-and-out, but his old CID department comes knocking when they need him. John Mountjoy, a murderer, has broken out of prison and taken a hostage -- and the only person he'll talk to is Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier. Unless Diamond can follow a very cold murder trail to find another killer and clear Mountjoy's name, another woman will die.

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In Bath, England, an escaped murderer kidnaps a police chief's daughter and the chief appeals for help to Peter Diamond, the ex-constable who put the murderer away. A moment of sweet satisfaction for Diamond, now pushing supermarket carts, having been fired from the force for being cheeky to the chief. By the author of Diamond Solitaire.… (more)

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