Cop to Corpse

Cop to Corpse

Large Print - 2012
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In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He discovers the murder weapon in a garden - and is himself attacked and left for dead. Enter Peter Diamond, Bath's burly CID chief, he pits himself and his team against the killer in a hunt that will test his physical powers to the limit.
Publisher: [Bath] : AudioGO, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
Description: 441 p. (large print) ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781445828176
Branch Call Number: LP Love
Additional Contributors: Lovesey, Peter. Cop to corpse


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May 10, 2019

All of Peter Lovesey's novels are well written but "Cop to Corpse" seems even more so. First, it deals with a very serious issue. Second, Peter Lovesey introduces Jack Gull, Head of the Serial Crimes Unit, who is more obstinate than Peter Diamond. Then Peter Lovesey introduces Jack Gull's assistant, Detective Inspector Polehampton, a bungler for comic relief. For fans of puzzlers, I would rate "Cop to Corpse" at 4.25 stars.

Aug 30, 2017

Well worth reading. Parallel blog story was confusing and ultimately unsatisfying, But who cares: Lovesay and his Peter Diamond are great!

Mar 08, 2017

Ingenious. Lovesey spins this plot you're sure not to solve till the last chapter. Red herrings abound. Peter Diamond, the book's chief character is Bath, England's CID chief. And then there are the three victims: three coppers shot, seemingly at random. But is it as straightforwardly simple as that? Of course not. It never is in a good detective-mystery novel. And "Cops..." surely fits the bill.
And you know what? I've found another author/protagonist combination to pursue.

Not his best novel. Plot line is a bit tedious and the Diamond character is less than endearing by times. The cop killer got a very heavy sentence for some reason when there were clearly mental health issues while the others got off light. Was author trying to make a point?

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Jul 02, 2012

Another intriguing mystery in this procedural series. I liked it more than the last one b/c you didn't get all the info ahead of time to guess the ending.

mikeyppl Jun 15, 2012

This wasn't a bad book by any means but I've found other works in this series more entertaining.

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