Count me as one of Peter Lovesey's Yank fans who reads everything he writes. That said, although I enjoyed his latest Peter Diamond mystery, I was less than enthralled with the character of Emma, the profiler whose murder opens the novel. Her sophomoric gushings over a handsome detective, as revealed in personal notes on her laptop, showed her to be shallow, immature, insensitive, and possessed of very little insight. This, in turn, caused me to doubt her skill as a profiler and to wonder why the police thought she was a star in her field. The character, in short, lacked credibility.
Lovesey's development of Peter Diamond's character, on the other hand, was skillful and evocative. Diamond is a flesh-and-blood personality, growing with each book. I expect his next outing to be more to my liking, since the one character in this one that didn't ring true is conveniently dead.