Diamond Solitaire

Diamond Solitaire

The second Peter Diamond investigationFired from the police force for insubordination, Peter Diamond is reduced to working as a security guard at Harrod’s. Turns out he can’t even hold that job—he gets fired after finding an abandoned Japanese girl in the store after closing. “Naomi,” as he calls her, exhibits strong signs of autism, and he devotes himself to communicating...

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Title:Diamond Solitaire
Author:Peter Lovesey
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Diamond Solitaire Reviews

  • Janet

    One of my all time favorite mysteries. The final scene has stayed with me for years.

  • Connie

    I loved this book. It was laugh out loud funny in places. Even thought Peter Diamond is no longer with the police, he still is big and intimidating. I especially liked the fact he was trying to help the little girl that was found in Harrods. He really went the distance to figure out why she didn't speak and why she was the way she was.

    I kind of figured some of the things out before they were revealed, but I still enjoyed how we got there. I have read other books by Mr Lovesey and I don't rememb

    I loved this book. It was laugh out loud funny in places. Even thought Peter Diamond is no longer with the police, he still is big and intimidating. I especially liked the fact he was trying to help the little girl that was found in Harrods. He really went the distance to figure out why she didn't speak and why she was the way she was.

    I kind of figured some of the things out before they were revealed, but I still enjoyed how we got there. I have read other books by Mr Lovesey and I don't remember liking them as much as I did this one. Now I need to read the series in order to see how things progress.

    The only criticism that I have is that when Peter is in America and the Americans are talking, the dialogue is more British than American English. I can live with the small imperfection, simply because I love Peter Diamond!

  • John

    I loved Lovesey's

    , which introduced the character Peter Diamond. This follow-up, while palpably more far-fetched, is even more entertaining. Fired (er, "resigned") from the cops, Diamond is reduced to working as a night security man at Harrods. One night the alarm goes off, and it's discovered an autistic Japanese toddler has been dumped in Diamond's area. Sacked for negligence, he decides to solve the mystery of where the little girl came from, a quest that takes him eventual

    I loved Lovesey's

    , which introduced the character Peter Diamond. This follow-up, while palpably more far-fetched, is even more entertaining. Fired (er, "resigned") from the cops, Diamond is reduced to working as a night security man at Harrods. One night the alarm goes off, and it's discovered an autistic Japanese toddler has been dumped in Diamond's area. Sacked for negligence, he decides to solve the mystery of where the little girl came from, a quest that takes him eventually to NYC and to Japan. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments (some to do with Diamond's non-prowess as a home handyman, others concerning this very British bobby's interaction with the NYPD), but what stick more in the mind are the moments of genuine emotion. This is a gloriously fast read: get it and read it gloriously fast!

    I have a confession to make. Many years ago I took a small daughter to an Author Event at the Exeter (UK) Waterstones. One of the authors was Peter Lovesey. He has the look of an English vicar whose tea parties are the scandal of the parish. He also has extraordinarily bushy eyebrows.

    said my daughter in one of those whispers that may one day reach Alpha Centauri. Lovesey looked across at us and, if ever eyebrows could be said to twinkle, his did.

  • LJ

    First Sentence: An alert shattered the silence in Harrods, a piercing, continuous note.

    Ex-CID Peter Diamond missed seeing a small Japanese girl hiding in the furniture department of Harrods, resulting in his being fired. He can’t forget the girl, particularly after finding out she doesn’t speak, is being labeled autistic and no one has claimed her.

    Japan’s top sumo wrestler offers unlimited funds to Diamond for finding the girl’s family, but she is kidnapped by a woman, later found murdered. Dia

    First Sentence: An alert shattered the silence in Harrods, a piercing, continuous note.

    Ex-CID Peter Diamond missed seeing a small Japanese girl hiding in the furniture department of Harrods, resulting in his being fired. He can’t forget the girl, particularly after finding out she doesn’t speak, is being labeled autistic and no one has claimed her.

    Japan’s top sumo wrestler offers unlimited funds to Diamond for finding the girl’s family, but she is kidnapped by a woman, later found murdered. Diamond is committed to finding the girl’s family and learning why is so important to someone.

    As relevant today as when it was written, Lovesey presents a depressing, but realistic analysis of the pharmaceutical industrial.

    Peter Diamond is great character. A big, fat man with a soft heart who is self-effacing, loves his very understanding wife, is dogged in pursuit of his case and tough as a diamond when he needs to be.

    The story was completely engrossing in spite of a couple small bumps. There was an error of equating a derby with a trilby hat (very different styles) and a major premise that was a bit questionable. However, the sense of place, dialogue, suspense and action were very good.

    I am delighted to know many more Diamond books await me.

    DIAMOND SOLITAIRE (Unl. Inv.- Peter Diamond-England/NYC/China-Cont) – VG

    Lovesey, Peter – 2nd in series

    Mysterious Press, 1992, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0892965355

  • Trish

    I loved this dang thang. Diamond is such a curmudgeonly old pushover--what is it that reminds me of the best of men? I don't mind someone being impatient with the slowest among us, as long as they have a better idea. And Diamond always does. And not only that: he is kind, and well-meaning, and willing to put his mouth...well, where his mind [read:stomach] is, anyway. This is one mad-cap race around New York and Tokyo. His observations about NYC manners and cops are priceless, and sumo wrestlers

    I loved this dang thang. Diamond is such a curmudgeonly old pushover--what is it that reminds me of the best of men? I don't mind someone being impatient with the slowest among us, as long as they have a better idea. And Diamond always does. And not only that: he is kind, and well-meaning, and willing to put his mouth...well, where his mind [read:stomach] is, anyway. This is one mad-cap race around New York and Tokyo. His observations about NYC manners and cops are priceless, and sumo wrestlers also come in for some good-natured jabs--with chopsticks--in their amply-displayed naked buttocks.

    Best of all, Lovesey combines some pretty wide-ranging events, i.e., a Japanese autistic child abandoned in Harrods in London, with a stock manipulation in New York, a factory fire in Italy, and a researcher at a Japanese university. It's a wild and improbable ride, but there is something recognizable and quite vulnerable about old Diamond being fired (yes, again) for the second time. I

    the guy, and what an ol' softie he is when it comes to children.

  • John Lee

    Immediately before this novel I had read the first in the series, The Last Detective which I had enjoyed for a number of reasons ( see my review). I was a little surprised therefore at the first few chapters of this one which appeared to have sacrificed several of these reasons. Away from the familiar streets of Bath this new book features London, Italy, New York and Tokyo and it appeared that there were going to be a larger cast of characters involved.

    And so a very different book to the first a

    Immediately before this novel I had read the first in the series, The Last Detective which I had enjoyed for a number of reasons ( see my review). I was a little surprised therefore at the first few chapters of this one which appeared to have sacrificed several of these reasons. Away from the familiar streets of Bath this new book features London, Italy, New York and Tokyo and it appeared that there were going to be a larger cast of characters involved.

    And so a very different book to the first and to begin with, I felt a little let down/cheated but soon the story picked up. As before the well described characters were soon engraved in my mind. The story is well told and the book soon becomes a page turner.

    In the last book, I knew the area of Bath in which it was set. In this one, I know a little of London, nothing of New York but much more about Tokyo and have been lucky enough to visit the Nation Sumo Stadium on the Sumida river which features here. I could identify with some of Diamonds thoughts on seeing the city for the first time.

    Although different to the first book in many ways, another enjoyable read and for the first time in years I am moving straight on to the third book in the series.

  • Abbey

    1992, #2 Peter Diamond, ex-CID, London, NYC, Tokyo; professional as amateur sleuth.

    When an autistic child is found hidden in Harrods, Diamond tries to find her family and winds up in an international brou-ha-ha that includes Mafiosi, pharmaceutical scams and coverups, arson, and murder, and a spectacular star turn by an enormous Sumo wrestler. More thriller than mystery, and extremely well-paced and solidly plotted, but somehow lacks heart. Diamond doesn’t seem “at home” in any of it, and his m

    1992, #2 Peter Diamond, ex-CID, London, NYC, Tokyo; professional as amateur sleuth.

    When an autistic child is found hidden in Harrods, Diamond tries to find her family and winds up in an international brou-ha-ha that includes Mafiosi, pharmaceutical scams and coverups, arson, and murder, and a spectacular star turn by an enormous Sumo wrestler. More thriller than mystery, and extremely well-paced and solidly plotted, but somehow lacks heart. Diamond doesn’t seem “at home” in any of it, and his motivation for getting involved in the beginning is incredibly slim, yet he goes on to suffer myriad beatings and troubles in his travels.

    Lovesey’s professional pacing and smooth writing made me want to keep turning the pages, but this is a “train wreck” sort of book, not one in which you empathise with the protagonists or victims. Entertaining, but not Lovesey’s best.

    The first in series was far better IMO. I hope Lovesey puts Diamond back in London or Bath as a PI, think that will work well, far better than this attempt at “super sleuthing” Diamond.

  • Spuddie

    It took me quite some time to settle in to this book and decide that I was going to continue reading it. It had been a number of years since I read the first Diamond mystery, and to my recollection, this one just seemed so different. Well, for one thing of course, he's no longer a cop, but a private security guard--and quickly becomes an ex-security guard when a small Japanese child is discovered after hours in the furniture department of the department store he was in charge of security for. Th

    It took me quite some time to settle in to this book and decide that I was going to continue reading it. It had been a number of years since I read the first Diamond mystery, and to my recollection, this one just seemed so different. Well, for one thing of course, he's no longer a cop, but a private security guard--and quickly becomes an ex-security guard when a small Japanese child is discovered after hours in the furniture department of the department store he was in charge of security for. The child is mute and mostly unresponsive, believed to be autistic, and as Diamond dejectedly watches her progress in the newspapers, no one claims her.

    Since he has a lot of time on his hands--fired from his job, remember?--he decides to take on the mystery of who she is and why she won't talk, so insinuates his way into the special school she's been sent to to work with the child they are calling Naomi.

    The problem is, much of the first quarter of the book actually deals with several other characters whose paths intersect with Diamond's later in the book, but it really makes no sense at all for several chapters. As the book unfolded and we got more into Diamond's story and the story of the child, it became more interesting...but I have to say I considered much of what transpired to be very implausible and nearly got eye muscle strain from rolling them so much.

    Still, I did enjoy the book overall, and am willing to give the series another chance to see if things firm up a bit. It's a rather long series, so I guess there must be some big fans out there. :)

  • Susan

    In the second book in the series, former Detective Superintendent Diamond tracks a missing child wherever the trail leads. This book isn’t exactly a mystery like the first book in the series because there isn’t a case the reader can solve from clues and deductions, but it isn’t exactly a suspense/thriller because, despite the serious nature of the crimes involved, there is a lot of incidental humor. Diamond is an engaging character, but the resolution of the plot had some major holes.

  • Bettie☯

    Read by.................. Simon Prebble

    Total Runtime......... 10 Hours 46 Mins

    Description:

    Read by.................. Simon Prebble

    Total Runtime......... 10 Hours 46 Mins

    Description:

    No part of this story is the least part realistic which meant total immersion was impossible. That is not to say Diamond Solitaire was a total waste of time, there were redeeming sections, however overall, this wasn't my cup of tea.

    On an up-note, Prebble makes Diamond sound like Hoskins.

    3* The Last Detective (Peter Diamond, #1)

    2* Diamond Solitaire (Peter Diamond #2)

    3* Bloodhounds (Peter Diamond, #4)

    3* Diamond Dust (Peter Diamond, #7)

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