The Headhunters

The Headhunters

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Praise for Peter Lovesey:

“Lovesey’s restrained wit and charming cast ensure him a place in the winner’s circle.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A master of black humor and macabre plot twists.”—The New York Times Book Review

“One of Britain’s foremost mystery novelists.”—Houston Chronicle

“Lovesey is a master.”—The Washington Post Book World

“One of the delights of contemporary crime fi ction.”—The Wall Street Journal

Gemma loathes her sleazy boss; Jo is her confidante. On a double date with Rick and Jake, they discuss forming a mutual murder society, in jest of course. The next day, Jo, walking on Selsey Beach, discovers the corpse of a drowned woman, a stranger. But one of the men in the lineup at the police station is Gemma’s date Jake, who Jo rather fancies.

Then Gemma and Jo discover the corpse of Fiona, Gemma’s annoying colleague from work. And Gemma’s boss is missing. When an older woman whom Rick was involved with is drowned in her pool, the police begin to close in.

Can this outbreak of deaths by drowning be coincidental? Or has the joke gone too far?

Peter Lovesey has been awarded the Silver, Gold, and Diamond Daggers by the British Crime Writers’ Association. This is his third mystery featuring Inspector Hen Mallin.

Baker & Taylor
Chichester CID inspector Henrietta "Hen" Mallin investigates a series of deaths by drowning that may be the work of an ex-con with a suspicious past.

Perseus Publishing

Praise for Peter Lovesey:

“Lovesey’s restrained wit and charming cast ensure him a place in the winner’s circle.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A master of black humor and macabre plot twists.”—The New York Times Book Review

“One of Britain’s foremost mystery novelists.”—Houston Chronicle

“Lovesey is a master.”—The Washington Post Book World

“One of the delights of contemporary crime fi ction.”—The Wall Street Journal

Gemma loathes her sleazy boss; Jo is her confidante. On a double date with Rick and Jake, they discuss forming a mutual murder society, in jest of course. The next day, Jo, walking on Selsey Beach, discovers the corpse of a drowned woman, a stranger. But one of the men in the lineup at the police station is Gemma’s date Jake, who Jo rather fancies.

Then Gemma and Jo discover the corpse of Fiona, Gemma’s annoying colleague from work. And Gemma’s boss is missing. When an older woman whom Rick was involved with is drowned in her pool, the police begin to close in.

Can this outbreak of deaths by drowning be coincidental? Or has the joke gone too far?

Peter Lovesey has been awarded the Silver, Gold, and Diamond Daggers by the British Crime Writers’ Association. This is his third mystery featuring Inspector Hen Mallin.


Victims, suspects, sleuths: All are the deadliest of the species.


Blackwell North Amer
'I could cheerfully murder my boss,' Gemma remarks over coffee. She and her friend Jo joke about fantastic ways of committing the crime. The game is so amusing that on a double date with Jake and Rick they discuss forming a murder society and soon the quartet are calling themselves 'The Headhunters.' But some of Rick's suggestions sound uncomfortably serious.
On the following Sunday morning, Jo is horrified to find a dead body on the beach at Selsey. It takes the police some time to identify the victim and by then Gemma and Jo together have found another corpse. This time it's a colleague of Gemma's. Worse still, Gemma's boss is missing....

Baker
& Taylor

Inspector Henrietta Mallin investigates the death of a woman whose half-naked body washed up on a beach, while Jo Stevens, who discovered the first body, finds a second one in similar condition but fails to report it to the police for fear that she will be named a suspect.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2008
ISBN: 9781569474907
1569474907
Branch Call Number: F LOV
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 20 cm

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Nov 27, 2018

I’d only recently discovered Peter Lovesey but after just a few keystrokes of Mr. Google research, much to my chagrin, that the author has written enough books to fill a shelf and that he could be in fair contention to claim ownership of the crime-novel genre. His real hook lies in the way he constructs his novel: four or five main protagonists one of who is the villain to be brought to justice. Very adeptly the clues lead first to innocent number one, then innocent number two, and so on. The spotlight of guilt never shines on the true guilty party: misleading clues are strewn about plentifully. And then, just before we have all decided that the wrong culprit is in fact the right culprit, all is exposed. This is most definitely the kind of novel to find favour among those who go in for the murder mystery detective novel. This is definitely the kind of novel to which those who go in for the murder mystery an very easily become addicted to. This is very much the kind of novel you can just tear through in an afternoon or on a late evening or around two in the morning. Go and enjoy it.

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adelaideblair
Jul 22, 2012

This is the second of Lovesey's book to feature Inspecter Hen Mallin, and I wish he had written more of them. ("The Circle" is the other one.) Both novels follow a similar format in that there are two narratives, one about an ordinary citizen trying to solve a crime and the other about Inspecter Mallin, who is also trying to solve the same crime.

This book is a lot of fun, but is hampered by the fact that the protagonist in the not-Mallin thread is not particularly likable. Her motivations are also fairly unclear, so I spent a large part of the novel wondering why the heck she was doing what she was doing. But, this is still a very enjoyable read and the character of Hen Mallin is very engaging.

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