The Summons

The Summons

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After kidnapping the daughter of the police chief in Bath, England, an escaped convict demands a meeting with the officer who originally arrested him, drawing ex-cop Peter Diamond back into the fray. National ad/promo.

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It is past midnight when two callers come knocking at the London flat of down-and-out, long-out-of-work Peter Diamond. When they turn out to be two CID men from his former police division of Avon and Somerset, he's baffled. When they order him to accompany them, he's mad as hell at being rousted from his warm bed - and intrigued. When it turns out his old department has an emergency only he can handle, he can barely stop himself from saying "I told you so."
John Mountjoy, a woman-hating murderer Diamond arrested four years earlier has broken out of prison and taken a CID officer's daughter hostage. His demand is to talk to Peter Diamond. His reason? He wants Diamond to clear his name, insisting he never brutally stabbed a beautiful reporter to death and filled her mouth with roses as a macabre touch. But he will kill the hostage, unless Diamond gets the proof to overturn his conviction.
Does this mean Diamond will be an official CID man again? With even his old enemies in the precinct welcoming his assistance, Diamond is in the cat-bird's seat if he can pull off what seems impossible: to follow an old, very cold trail and miraculously come up with a new killer. Now, with time running out, Diamond will either fall flat on his face - or prove his real worth. Pure 10 carat genius. The real thing. A Diamond of outstanding detection.

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After kidnapping the daughter of the police chief in Bath, England, an escaped convict demands a meeting with the officer who originally arrested him, drawing ex-cop Peter Diamond back into the fray

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780892965519
0892965517
Branch Call Number: MYS Lovesey, P 100.3 1995
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 24 cm

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Dave99_0
Jan 02, 2018

Although "The Summons" was first published in 1995, British author Peter Lovesey writes entertaining puzzlers in the tradition of the Golden Age of mystery writing. "The Summons" won the 1995 Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of the United Kingdom. Sometimes, this novel is difficult to understand due to the differences between British English and American English and the use of British expressions. I would rate "The Summons" at 4.0 stars.

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