“‘Every private eye from Sherlock Holmes to Matt Scudder needs a line into the factory. Sam Spade had his tame sergeant, Tom Polhaus.
“The crafting . . . is superb . . .”
“Step back a moment into history as a contemporary detective investigates a death perhaps occurring two centuries before . . .”
“entertainment for the Christmas season.”
“the perfect stocking stuffer for any crime noir or mystery fiction fanatic on your holiday gift giving list.”
Practice makes perfect, as evidenced by the latest by Peter Lovesey novel—number 15 in the Peter Diamond crime series, and more than 30 books altogether.