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Publisher's Summary

A woman's naked body is found floating in the weeds of a lake near Bath by an elderly woman walking her Siamese cats. No one comes forward to identify her, and no murder weapon is found, but sleuthing is Superintendent Peter Diamond's speciality. A genuine gumshoe practising door stopping and deduction: he is the last detective.
Struggling with office politics and a bizarre cast of suspects, Diamond strikes out on his own, even when Forensics think they have the culprit. Eventually, despite disastrous personal consequences, and amongst Bath's rambling buildings and formidable history, the last detective exposes the uncomfortable truth....
©1991 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Hachette Audio UK
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Critic Reviews

"A brilliant performance." (Times Literary Supplement)
"A terrific job." (The Times)
"Mr Lovesey maintains a wonderful tone throughout.... A comedy of bad manners, full of oddball characters and wacky events develops into a perfectly realised murder mystery whose skilful misdirection never oversteps the bounds of fair play." (The Wall St Journal)
"A bravura performance from a veteran showman: slyly paced, marbled with surprise and, in the end, strangely affecting." (New York Times Book Review)
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By winny on 03-04-16

The Last Detective

This a fascinating story, well narrated, with great characters that all get a chance to tell their own story. The ending was a real surprise, not something that happens that often.

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By DN Cumbria on 04-19-16

The Last Detective - great book

This book was nothing like I expected ie it had no connection with the TV series however, the story line and narration was excellent. I'll definitely get the next book in the series

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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