Re: RARA-AVIS: Peter Lovesey

Date: 14 Sep 2004


Re your comment below:

> I found "The House Sitter" by Peter Lovesey 2 months
> ago and since then I have read all his Diamond books
> (except Upon a dark night - which I am half way
> through!). I highly recommend these detective books
> set in Bath, England as very readible, humerous and
> with intricate, inter-connected mysteries.
> Anyone else read these books?

I have, and, like you, I enjoy them quite a bit. My personal favorite, so far, has been THE SUMMONS, the third book in the series, but all of the first three books are very strong.

One thing about Diamond that I liked very much was his hobby of collecting autobiographies of famous cops, like Robert Fabian's FABIAN OF THE YARD and Leonard Read's NIPPER. It struck me as a very cop-like hobby to have. I liked it so much that I co-opted it for my cop character, Dan Sullivan, and, in a so far unpublished short story called "Breath Test," SUllivan solves the murder partly because of that Diamon-inspired hobby.

To a degree, I've even developed the hobby myself. In recent years, Katy has presented me with THE TRAIL OF THE POPPY by US Narcotics Agent Charles Siragusa, the aforementioned FABIAN OF THE YARD, and THE D.A.'S MAN by Manhattan DA's Investigator Harold Danforth.


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