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The Finisher

The Finisher

Through a particularly tragic series of events, couch potato Maeve Kelly has been forced to sign up for the Other Half, Bath’s springtime half-marathon. What Maeve doesn’t know is just how brutal some of the other runners are.

As race day draws closer, an Albanian refugee named Spiro makes a run for freedom on the other side of town, escaping the chain gang that has held him hostage and its murderous foreman, who is known to his charges as The Finisher. The Finisher has killed for disobedience before, and Spiro knows there’s a target on his back as he tries to lose himself in the genteel medieval city of Bath.

Meanwhile Detective Peter Diamond is tasked with crowd control on the raucous day of the race – and catches sight of a violent criminal he put away a decade ago, and who very much seems to be up to his old tricks now that he is paroled. Diamond’s hackles are already up when he learns that one of the runners never crossed the finish line and has disappeared without a trace. Was Diamond a spectator to the prelude to a murder?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 14th July 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781405547345

Reviews

Lovesey brilliantly weaves all these disparate characters and storylines into a wonderfully entertaining and compelling story. His work is the gold standard for UK crime fiction writing
Deadly Pleasures
A witty, steadily absorbing procedural marked by Lovesey's customary inventiveness and an unguessable solution
Kirkus Reviews
I loved this book and hope that Lovesey, who is in his eighties, will just keep on writing. I adored my virtual trip to Bath and the time spent with this book and its characters
Joyce’s Mystery and Fiction Book Reviews
An enthralling read, with an intriguing plot...deals with serious issues of modern life in a compassionate but honest way. The dynamics between Diamond and his team are cleverly portrayed and totally believable
Mystery People
Masterly, atmospheric . . .On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Lovesey is still going strong
Publisher's Weekly
British mystery fiction's reigning head of state returns to that sporting setting with his customary wit, humanity and unpredictable turns of plot
Morning Star
Threaded through this elegantly written mystery are vivid and timely subplots concerning Russian oligarchs and Albanian fugitives from modern slavery gangs. Peter Lovesey may now be in his eighties, but he tells his tale with all the wit and verve of a much younger man
Irish Independent
This is a story firmly set in the present day (or at least the immediate pre-pandemic present day!) but Peter Lovesey's storytelling skills, and certainly his gift for constructing a fair play puzzle, match those of the finest exponents of Golden Age fiction
Martin Edwards