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Lost by Michael Robotham

Lost (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Michael Robotham

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Authors:Michael Robotham
Info:Vintage (2007), Paperback, 368 pages
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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.

I couldn't put it down. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 7, 2017 |
Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz can hide his own Eater eggs. Why? Because when he was pulled from the Thames River nearly dead, he had amnesia. He also finds that he has two million pounds in diamonds that he can't remember. One of his old cases, the disappearance of Mickey Caryle and the diamonds seem somehow to be connected, but how? Ruiz must find the answers if he is to live with himself and save his career. A very good book. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz seeks help from psychologist Joe O’Loughlin after he inexplicably finds himself in the Thames, clinging to a buoy with no memory of the events that landed him there. Frustrated by his inability to recall what happened, he sets out to find the answers his memory refuses to reveal.

In short order he finds himself retracing his steps in a kidnapping case from three years earlier, a case in which everyone except Vincent believes the young victim died. Despite his frustration with the sporadic and unpredictable return of his memories, Vincent is determined to put the pieces together and find the answers.

Convincing, well-rounded characters, a twisting plot, and a fast pace all combine to keep the pages turning; readers are likely to find it difficult to set this one aside before the final reveal.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 28, 2016 |
Good read
  Stormchaser | Sep 22, 2014 |
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 |
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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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Detective Vincent Ruiz is rescued from the Thames. A bullet is in his leg, and a photo of a missing girl is in his pocket. Ruiz has no memory of what happened to him.

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