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King of Diamonds epub

by Simon Tolkien


King of Diamonds epub

ISBN: 000745418X

ISBN13: 978-0007454181

Author: Simon Tolkien

Category: Thriller and Mystery

Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense

Language: English

Publisher: Harper (March 1, 2012)

Pages: 464 pages

ePUB book: 1338 kb

FB2 book: 1508 kb

Rating: 4.5

Votes: 215

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Simon Tolkien was a successful Criminal Justice barrister in London specializing in serious crimes before moving to California . Simon Tolkien is JRR Tolkien's grandson - but don't let that encourage you to read this book. One person found this helpful.

Simon Tolkien was a successful Criminal Justice barrister in London specializing in serious crimes before moving to California with his wife and two children to take up writing full time. Tolkien, with whom he had a very special relationship, Simon Tolkien's writing is set firmly in this world.

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SIMON TOLKIEN The King of Diamonds Dedication For Priscilla Tolkien with love and gratitude ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This novel was conceived in Tenerife, plotted in London, an. Also by Simon Tolkien.

Simon Mario Reuel Tolkien (born 12 January 1959) is a British novelist and former barrister. book of the Inspector Trave trilogy, The King of Diamonds, was released in 2011 His 2016. He is the grandson of J. R. Tolkien, and the oldest child of Christopher Tolkien. 3 Reaction to filmed versions of J. Tolkien's works. Inspector Trave novels. book of the Inspector Trave trilogy, The King of Diamonds, was released in 2011 His 2016 novel, No Man's Land: a Novel, was released concurrent with the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme; the middle third of the novel is set in that months-long World War I battle.

In this expertly crafted follow-up to his acclaimed novel The Inheritance, Simon Tolkien has once again written a gripping and nuanced thriller laced with historical detail, treachery, and his signature writing style-a uniquely suspenseful blend that the Los Angeles Times called "half Christie and half Grisham.

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The King of Diamonds itadc-2. Simon Tolkien is the grandson of . Tolkien and, while there are no elves or dwarves in these pages, there is on display a narrative skill that the author of The Lord of the Rings would surely have recognized and admired. Tolkien and, while there are no elves or dwarves in these pages, there is on display a narrative skill that the author of The Lord of the Rings would surely have recognized and admire. .It works so well, not because of cheap tricks like cliff-hanger chapter endings, but because of Tolkien's deft handling of ensemble. It is the differences in character and motive, the continual changes in viewpoint, that drive one to find out what exactly is going on and what actually happened. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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The King of Diamonds book. I liked this book/ The Simon Tolkien is the grandson of . Tolkien (which must be a nightmare in a way if you're an author, too). David Swain is two years into his life sentence for murdering. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about his book. The King of Diamonds is a very British, very Gothic, but nuanced thriller - more Patricia Highsmith than Agatha Christie for sure. There are shades of Jane Eyre here, too - or of any other tale that involves someone locked in an attic with an evil caretaker.

David Swain is two years into his life sentence for murdering the lover of his ex-girlfriend, Katya Osman. In the dead of night, he escapes from prison. Hours later, Katya is found murdered in her uncle's home, Blackwater Hall. Having first brought Swain to justice two years earlier, Inspector Trave of the Oxford police heads the manhunt. Once Swain is recaptured and put on trial for his life, a guilty verdict seems guaranteed. But Trave's investigation has taken an unexpected turn. Katya's uncle is a rich diamond dealer with a grudge against Trave, and his sinister brother-in-law has gone to great lengths to create a new identity. Now convinced that they have arrested the wrong man, and with personal scores to settle, Trave must risk everything he holds dear to bring his unlikely target to justice.
This is the third book I have read by Simon Tolkien and the best so far..exciting..alarming..well written..it has been a long time since I have been so captivated by a narrative..I can't say enough about it..if you enjoy a taught, fast paced,thrilling read ..if you enjoy well rounded characters beautifully brought to life...then this is the one for you!

I would comment more but I am eager to go on to his next book!
I've read several of Tolkien's books and enjoyed them all, but this seems to have everything--murder, deceit, conspiracy, and a cracking good finish. The inspector is intelligent, humane and human. He notices when seemingly small things don't add up and seeks resolution, not just a collar. It's good to see the supposed perpetrator mature in the course of his troubles, too. A good read!
I found the beginning a little slow and hard to get into, but once past the first few pages, I found the story of a man framed for two murders to be fascinating. The characters are all well-drawn, and as the reason for the framing was slowly revealed, I found it hard to put down. A little history revealed as part of the story makes the book even more star-worthy.
Quickly then - it manages to be both relentlessly downbeat and dull, and turns the hunt for Nazi War Criminals and the valuables they stole from Jews into an uninteresting policier. Inspector Trave has none of the character traits that make similar British detectives like Inspectors Morse, Alleyn or Linley worth reading about, and his ex-wife's affair with A Certain Foreign Gentleman is as narratively convenient as it is ultimately xenophobic. (But, since we're dealing with Englishmen versus ex-Nazis, not racist - so I guess it's all right then...?)

Worse, the conspiracy that drives the book's action is one of those Rube Goldberg Machines so beloved of A Certain Type of Mystery Writer ::cough!:: CASTLE! ::cough!:: - the kind that has far too many elements that, if one doesn't do its part perfectly, the entire thing breaks down. (As ultimately happens here.) The conspiracy revolves around getting rid of people Who Know Too Much, and framing some poor mope for both crimes - and involves a jailbreak, a con man, a wrong cop, and another subordinate constable who needs to let himself be led by the nose. Inspector Trave, being the detective-hero, naturally smells a rat, but he's forced to Work Outside The Law - because somehow, if his job isn't threatened the stakes aren't high enough!

David Swain (the mope) comes off as such an utter patsy that, rather than invoking our sense of empathy, he invokes our contemptuous laughter as a schlimazel - the terminally unlucky guy of Yiddish comedy. His character is nothing but a negative choice from start to finish - the Prosecutor, Sir Laurence Arne, should rightly be working to convict him for Terminal Stupidity rather than anybody's death!

Simon Tolkien is JRR Tolkien's grandson - but don't let that encourage you to read this book.
This was a good book. You'll enjoy the story and the characters. Not a page turner but kept me interested. I would definitely recommend it.
Refusing to take the easy route, British Police Inspector Trave again works his way through plot twists, red herrings, and personal obstacles thrown in his way by conniving bad guys and crooked police rivals. Well done.
I enjoy all of Tolkien's books but this one is exceptional. A complex story that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I was hooked after the first few pages. Great story line, great writing, and kept my interest from beginning to end. I have since read all four books written by Simon Tolkien and hope for more in the future.