Cop to Corpse
By Peter Lovesey
(Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781616950781, 304pp.)
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
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Book 12 in the Peter Diamond series from the CWA Gold, Silver, and Diamond Dagger-winning master of fair play crime fiction, Peter Lovesey.
PC Harry Trasker is the third policeman in the Bath area to be shot dead in less than twelve weeks. The assassinations are the work of a sniper who seems to be everywhere and nowhere at once, always a step ahead.The younger detectives od their best with what little evidence he leaves, but they're no match for this murderer and his merciless agenda.
When Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is assigned to the case, he begins to find curious connections between the dead officers after talking to their widows. But then a chilling encounter wit the killer leaves Diamond in the lurch and the sniper in the wind. Things get even more complicated when the evidence starts to suggest that the killer might be one of Britain's finest--a theory unpopular among Diamond's colleagues. Can Diamond manage to capture an elusive and increasingly dangerous killer while keeping his team from losing faith in him?
Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.
Praise for Cop to Corpse
Voted one of Deadly Pleasures Magazine’s Best Mystery-Crime Novels of the Year
“Witty and engaging.”
—Wall Street Journal
“The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque character of Diamond himself.”
“One of [Peter Lovesey's] best . . . If you’re not already a fan of Lovesey and Diamond, start here.”
—Globe and Mail
"Nail-biting . . . Lovesey leavens the suspense with Diamond’s trademark gallows humor, and closes with one of his cleverest solutions.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"The 12th book in the tremendously entertaining Peter Diamond series, and there isn’t a clunker in the bunch.”
“[Lovesey] is still at the top of his game.”
—Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine
“Laced with the surprises . . . [Lovesey has] earned the right to innovate in his genre, and he pushes narrative boundaries and pulls it off. No one is better at mixing puzzle and procedural.”
—Open Letters Monthly
“Nobody but Lovesey could thump out a gritty procedural yet instill Bath with so much charm and history that readers will have to put it on their bucket lists.”
“You want a novel written by a master of his craft . . . You want Peter Lovesey’s latest Peter Diamond investigation, Cop to Corpse.”
"Cop to Corpse is a great introduction to a memorable cop and his talented crew.”—Huntington News
Praise for The Peter Diamond series
“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.”
"These erudite and wondrously witty books are unlike any police procedural you've ever read."
—The New York Times Book Review
“Thickly textured, amusing, unpredictably mixing puzzle and procedural.... One of the best.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Witty . . . A perfectly realized murder mystery.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Extremely stylish, lighter than air . . . utterly surprising.”
“Lovesey’s books are so beautifully constructed and cleanly written that they could be used as textbooks in a crime writing course.”