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The Secret Hangman


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Peter Lovesey's novels and short stories have won him awards all over the world, including the Gold, Silver and Cartier Diamond Daggers of the Crime Writers' Association, of which he was Chairman in 1991-2. He has just won the Short Story Dagger for 2007. He lives in Chichester.


Inspector Peter Diamond of the Bath Police investigates a series of suspicious hangings: a waitress is found hung from a child's swing set, and then the father of the woman's two children is found dead, also hung. A case of murder/suicide? As he pursues this case, the widowed Diamond also must identify a secret admirer. The winner of the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, Lovesey continues to excel, with cleverly plotted mysteries filled with detailed behind-the-scenes police work. Patrons who like Reginald Hill, Ian Rankin, and Stephen Booth will snap this one up. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for THE CIRCLE: 'Lovesey's writing is lucid and succinct, and he is a consumate story-teller.' Colin Dexter 'Pure joy.' The Scotsman 'Phone-off-the-hook time.' The Independent

British author Lovesey deftly blends suspense and humor in his excellent ninth whodunit to feature Peter Diamond (after 2004's The House Sitter). Diamond, a detective superintendent in Bath, though still traumatized by the murder of his wife, finds himself the object of amorous attention from two women, one an admirer who sends him anonymous letters. The curmudgeonly but astute sleuth also finds himself again at odds with his superior, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, when his investigation into the separate hangings of a woman and her one-time partner suggests that both were murdered, contrary to the ACC's belief that they were victims of a murder-suicide. Fighting to devote precious time and resources to the inquiry, Diamond soon discovers evidence of a history of similar crimes and suspects the serial killer will strike again. While the solution isn't Lovesey's trickiest, its ingeniousness amply demonstrates that this classic series is still going strong. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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