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on 11 June 2010
THE LAST DETECTIVE
Peter Diamond has started working for Avon and Somerset Constabulary in Bath. He is awaiting the results of an investigation into his conduct of a controversial case. In the meantime he is supposed to be getting to grips with the use of computers in investigations but he prefers good old fashioned methods. He's not getting on too well with some of his colleagues either and then a body is discovered in a lake. No one knows who the dead woman is until her widower comes forward following an appeal.
This is a complex story with many twists and turns and some interesting characters as well as a Jane Austen connection as the story is set in Bath. I really like Diamond himself - the size and the check suit and his ability to open mouth and insert foot. His wife Stephanie is an interesting person as well. I enjoyed the writing and the plot and would recommend this series to anyone who likes their crime without too much graphic violence.
Peter Diamond is working as a security guard at Harrods in London when a small Japanese girl sparks a security alert when she is discovered hiding in the furniture department. Diamond gets the sack and the girl is taken into care because her parents cannot be traced. That should be the end of Diamond's involvement in the story but he is puzzled by the fact that no one has come forward to claim her and that she doesn't speak. He manages to talk his way into the special school where she is being cared for - it is thought she is Autistic - and starts to build a tenuous relationship with the girl.
What follows is a fast paced story involving a trip to New York and an equally sudden trip to Japan as Diamond follows Naomi - as she has been named - when she is snatched by a Japanese lady following a TV appearance. There are some memorable characters including the silent Naomi and a Sumo wrestler. I thought the relationship between Diamond and Naomi was very well done and extremely touching. Diamond of course was just how he was when he was in the police force - tenacious and curious and definitely not taking no for an answer but also very charming when he wants to be.
This is a well written story not quite in the usual vein of police procedurals with a very complicated plot which few readers will unravel before the exciting conclusion. I recommend it.