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The fifth crime novel in the award-winning Peter Diamond series, from Peter Lovesey.

A young woman emerges from a coma. Who is she, and why was she dumped unconscious in a hospital car park upon a dark night? She is unable to recall anything, even her name. Then Ada Shaftsbury, a boisterous shoplifter she meets in a homeless hostel, takes up her cause and names her Rose.

Peter Diamond is already investigating a suspicious death – a woman has plunged from the roof of Bath’s Royal Crescent during a party and none of the guests seem to know who she is. Badgered by Ada and galvanised by another gruesome death, Diamond takes on the case, and is soon forced to admit that Rose is the key. But she has disappeared and Diamond’s own dark night is just beginning.

In a mystery of stunning complexity, Peter Lovesey amply demonstrates his gifts as the grand master of the contemporary whodunnit.


Entertaining all the way.
Lovesey creates the ambience of Bath with all his customary skill... and the plotting has the satisfyingly complex structure.
It's masterfully plotted stuff, and distinguished by Lovesay's array of neatly sketched characters and his deft handling of amnesia.
Mr Lovesey never lets you down.
A triumph of plotting from this master
New York Times
With consummate skill, Lovesey elaborates a plot with architecture as perfect as the city he writes about
Val McDermid