COP TO CORPSE
Lovesey is so skilled at writing crime novels that he could teach a master class in the subject. This intricately plotted, carefully clued procedural never puts a foot wrong, and Peter Diamond, who should be an anachronism in a world filled with high-tech gadgetry, is anything but. From his handling of witnesses to his relationships with his team members, Diamond makes the case that good police work is more about brains than computer bytes. A page-turner from start to finish, and highly recommended.
When Police Constable Harry Trasker is shot by a sniper while walking his beat, he becomes the third police officer killed on Peter Diamond’s patch in three months. The Serial Crimes Unit has limited forensic evidence and not one suspect. Diamond is soon butting heads with S.C.U Superintendent Jack Gull over the case. Always distrustful of technology, Diamond knows the sniper is too savvy to be caught by Gull’s techie crew. To catch someone this skillful will require experience, plus a lot of good old-fashioned legwork. (SOHO, Jun., 304 pp., $25.00)