A Friday Post: Cop to Corpse, by Peter Lovesey

Hello friends!

It’s Friday, and time for some snippets from my current read.

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Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My current read is Cop to Corpse, by Peter Lovesey.

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Hero to zero. Cop to corpse.

One minute PC Harry Tasker is strolling up Walcot Street, Bath on foot patrol. The next he is shot through the head. No scream, no struggle, no last words. He is picked off, felled, dead.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  • Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.
  • Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

A snippet from page 56:

Diamond could do nothing to save himself. There wasn’t the split second needed to leap clear of the oncoming motorcycle. An Olympic athlete wouldn’t have managed it, let alone a portly middle-aged detective.

Book synopsis:

On a Sunday morning in Bath, a policeman on beat duty is shot dead – the 3rd killing of an officer in a matter of weeks.
The assassinations are the work of a sniper who seems to be everywhere and nowhere at once, always a step ahead. The younger detectives try their best with what little evidence he leaves, but they’re no match for this murderer and his merciless agenda.

When Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond joins the case, he begins to find curious connections between the dead officers after talking to their widows. But a dangerous forest encounter with the killer leaves Diamond in the lurch and the sniper in the wind. Things get even more complicated when the evidence starts to suggest that the killer might be one of Britain’s finest–a theory unpopular among Diamond’s colleagues. Can Diamond manage to capture an elusive and increasingly dangerous killer while keeping his team from losing faith in him?

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