The Secret Hangman

The Secret Hangman

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Random House, Inc.
Widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer as he pursues a serial killer. Delia Williamson, a mother of two young girls who works as a waitress, is first reported missing by her own mother. She is found in a public park, hanged from the crossbar of a children’s swing set. There seems to be no reason for her to have committed suicide, and the postmortem reveals that she was murdered. Her present partner, her ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who dined at her table in the restaurant where she worked, are all suspects. Then her former husband is found in a cave, also hanged. A remorse suicide? Diamond doesn’t think so. When a well-to-do couple is found dead, both hanged, a suicide pact is suggested. Diamond is dubious; too many couples are dying by the same method. Before he can figure out what is going on, one more person will die.

Baker & Taylor
Inspector Peter Diamond investigates a series of suspicious hangings.

Perseus Publishing

“[A] master of the classic puzzle.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lovesey’s delicate balance of humor and suspense [is] one of the delights of contemporary crime fiction.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A master storyteller.”—Kirkus Reviews

Widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer as he pursues a serial killer. Delia Williamson, a mother of two young girls who works as a waitress, is first reported missing by her own mother. She is found in a public park, hanged from the crossbar of a children’s swing set. There seems to be no reason for her to have committed suicide, and the postmortem reveals that she was murdered. Her present partner, her ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who dined at her table in the restaurant where she worked, are all suspects. Then her former husband is found in a cave, also hanged. A remorse suicide? Diamond doesn’t think so. When a well-to-do couple is found dead, both hanged, a suicide pact is suggested. Diamond is dubious; too many couples are dying by the same method. Before he can figure out what is going on, one more person will die.

Peter Lovesey has been honored with the British Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, as well as with American prizes, such as the Edgar Award. He is an acknowledged master of the mystery form. This is his tenth Peter Diamond mystery set in Bath, England.


Peter Diamond tracks a serial executioner targeting couples.


Blackwell North Amer
Widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer even as he pursues a serial killer.
First, Delia Williams, a waitress with two young daughters, is reported missing by her mother. She is soon found dead in a public park, hung from the crossbar of a swing set. It looks like suicide but the postmortem reveals that she was murdered.
Delia was divorced, living with a new man. Her former husband lives in the vicinity. And she had been chatted up by a customer at the restaurant, a traveling salesman, the night she was killed. Diamond has three suspects to investigate.
Other deaths by hanging follow, with Mrs. Williams's ex-husband among the victims. Now earlier deaths are attributed to this killer. The latest bodies are found prominently positioned in public places around the historic city of Bath. The murderer is no longer shy. What is he trying to say?
Peter Diamond must unravel motive and means before more people are killed by this secret hangman.

Publisher: New York : Soho, c2007
ISBN: 9781569474570
1569474575
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 20 cm

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Apr 02, 2017

Peter Lovesey, I think, writes the kind of murder mystery to which the other practitioners of his craft aspire. Perhaps more than other authors, he toys with you; he leads you astray be deliberately feeding you grossly misleading clues and foreshadowing until he has you where he wants you: up the wrong alley. Needless to say, he may leave you feeling quite the fool when you realise you've been had though. Fun.

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