Here is another well-plotted mystery from noted British mystery writer Peter Lovesey. When a police car goes off the road killing one of the officers and injuring another, Superintendent Peter Diamond is assigned to look into the case. At the scene a civilian on a motorized tricycle, who may have been the cause of the accident, is saved when Diamond administers CPR. However, Diamond soon begins to suspect that he may have saved the life of a serial killer.
Diamond is always a pleasure to spend time with, by turns irascible and cerebral, he is a good guide through the ins and outs of this surprising and complex plot. If you haven’t read Lovesey yet, you are in for a treat, and this is a fine place to start.
This is the third book in a trilogy that began with MR MERCEDES AND FINDERS KEEPERS. All three feature retired police detective Bill Hodges and his antagonist Brady Hartsfield. The first two books were something of a departure for King, being mysteries or suspense fiction rather than his usual horror novels. I particularly enjoyed MR MERCEDES as a fine example of mystery fiction.
Although King tries to make END OF WATCH stay within the naturalistic boundaries of mystery fiction, it comes very close to the supernatural due to Hartsfield’s unusual abilities, and many may feel it is closer to a horror story than a crime novel. For most this will not make the story any less enjoyable, and there is a certain satisfaction at seeing the story arc come to a conclusion. Others, however, may find the plot a bit strained and slow to develop at times. I wouldn’t recommend reading END OF WATCH if you haven’t read the first two, but if you have, it is well worth the effort.
Jersey Leo is an albino born of a black man and a white woman living in the 1930’s. As if that isn’t enough of a problem for Jersey, he is also involved with evil women, mobsters, and crooked cops. When a childhood friend escapes from death row where he is about to be executed for killing a crooked cop, Jersey feels obligated to help him, and this leads Jersey into a complicated web of deceit and death.
Written in lively period dialogue, this is a book that will hold your attention from beginning to end as Jersey attempts to help his friend, save his own life, and finally begin living the life he desires. I look forward to reading future books in this series.