Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review: Another One Goes Tonight by Peter Lovesey


When I read this book I was expecting a fairly traditional British mystery, maybe quirky, maybe boring. I wasn't quite sure. I knew Lovesey was respected, but successful mystery writers can still vary a lot in quality in my experience. I was pleasantly surprised!

The premise is interesting: A cop is killed and his partner badly injured in an accident. While investigating, a detective assigned to the crash, Peter Diamond, accidentally finds a third victim, a civilian. This takes the whole investigation to a new level as it now seems the police might have hit and possibly killed an elderly man on a bicycle, which would be a terrible news story for the police, if it is true. So Diamond has to look into it thoroughly and fast. What he finds is bad. The civilian victim might himself be a killer. As he struggles to survive, Diamond and his colleague pry into the man's life, into his love of trains, and into his interest in how to kill without being detected. There do seem to be an awful lot of supposedly innocent deaths around the man.

The red herrings were (to me) completely convincing. I didn't see the ending coming at all, but when it did, I could see the subtle set-ups that really worked. I liked Diamond, who was torn, after having saved the life of this man who might turn out to be a serial killer, and who had to investigate him even if what he found out might make him regret having given him CPR. And the train nuts were fascinating and hilarious. This book kept me turning the pages!

This book is published by Soho Press, my employer.

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