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Lost (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Michael Robotham

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Title:Lost
Authors:Michael Robotham
Info:Vintage (2007), Paperback, 368 pages
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Lost by Michael Robotham (2005)

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DI Vincent Ruiz awakens from an eight-day coma and can't remember what happened to him. He's been shot and nearly drowned. Apparently he was not on official police business, and a particularly distasteful member of the cops-who-monitor-cops squad is after him. His supervisor wants nothing more to do with him. Other than that, he's in pretty good shape.

It's an interesting twist on the standard mystery: instead of searching for clues to learn new things, Ruiz looks for familiar things to unlock his memories of what happened on the night he was shot. Robotham does a nice job of parceling out the memories in chunks, like having the detective find clues at a certain pace. I noticed several interesting techniques: the memory angle, the maintenance of tension via pressure from the hostile boss and the "IA" goon, the description of physical reactions that tell us about Ruiz's emotional reactions to events. Robotham also gives us a succession of resolutions, and he handles this technique nicely.

Ruiz's first-person narration strays from hard-boiled, no-nonsense types by giving us more feeling, particularly his sense of guilt, his mixed feelings about his family, and his frustration about the case. He and several others are well realized characters. Overall a well-written thriller. ( )
  Jim53 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Predictable story arc with everyone hating the main character in the middle. Career issues not resolved in this book. Not sure I care enough to read the next book to find out. Main Character did resolve to be more in touch with his family, which was nice. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
This mystery is told from the perspective of a police officer with amnesia. This title had me 'Lost' on the plot in many places. Strong mystery. ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
Very good.,great plot and characters.,
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  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Detective Inspector Ruiz got shot (twice), nearly drowned and has lost his memory of the days in which critical events took place in a case that has tormented him for three years. Obviously amnesia isn’t a new plot device but it’s used with great skill here. The way Ruiz re-creates the events conveys his frustration and fear beautifully.

The story cracks along at a rapid pace while at the same time including detail and back story where necessary so that the characters are wonderfully complex. Robotham is a dab hand at getting to the nub of writing people because even minor characters that only appear for a page or two are so perfectly depicted that you quickly develop a real sense of them.

For fans of Robotham’s earlier novel, The Suspect, this book provides an enjoyable opportunity to meet up with Joe O’Loughlin again, although this time he is more competent professional than the rattled major-crime suspect he was in the earlier outing. As someone who is growing tired of never-ending book series and their repetitive protagonists I thoroughly enjoyed this approach to incorporating known characters in a book.

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  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Wealth lost, something lost; Honor lost, much lost; Courage lost, all lost. German Proverb
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The Thames, London I remember someone once telling me that you know its cold when you see a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets.
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Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz can’t remember how he got to the hospital. He was found floating in the Thames with a gunshot wound in his leg and a picture of missing child Mickey Carlyle in his pocket. But Mickey’s killer is already in jail. Add to this the blood stained boat found near where Ruiz was pulled from the water, and the pieces just don’t add up.  Now, accused of faking amnesia and under investigation, Ruiz reaches out to psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin to help him unlock his memory, clear his name, and solve this ominous puzzle.   Michael Robotham is one of the finest new thriller writers working today.  Marked by vivid characters and full of unexpected turns, Lost is a hair-raising journey of vengeance, grief, and redemption through the dark London underworld.  

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Everyone knows that Mickey Cayle is dead and a man is in prison for her murder. Everyone, that is, except DI Vincent Ruiz, who cannot stop searching and hoping. He is discovered one night clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, with a bullet in his leg and a bigger hole in his memory. Under investigation by his colleagues and accused of faking amnesia, Ruiz's only hope of unravelling the puzzle is to retrace his steps and relive that night. But there are further dangers lying in wait and other ways for a man to drown...… (more)

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