Allmen and the pink diamond

Martin Suter, 1948-

Book - 2019

"An unimaginably valuable pink diamond has gone missing and a mysterious Russian residing in Switzerland is suspected of having made off with the treasured jewel. But the investigative duo of Johann Friedrich von Allmen and his Guatemalan butler Carlos are on the case. Their search leads from London to Zurich to a grand hotel on the Baltic coast. Amorous adventures and diverting mishaps litter the path through a world of European high culture and luxury, with hard-knuckle forays into global... financial markets and high tech moves to manipulate them. This is the second in a series of fast-paced detective novels devoted to a memorable gentleman thief who, with his trusted sidekick, runs an international detective agency to recover stolen precious objects"--Back cover.

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Series
Suter, Martin, 1948- Allmen. 2.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : New Vessel Press [2019]
Language
English
German
Physical Description
202 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781939931634
1939931630
Main Author
Martin Suter, 1948- (author)
Other Authors
Steph Morris (translator)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

After the sparkly Allmen and the Dragonflies, destitute if aristocratic Johann Friedrich von Allmen returns with Guatemalan butler Carlos, having founded Allmen International Inquiries to pursue work as a private investigator. Here, he's been asked by an Englishman to find the Pink Diamond, a precious jewel stolen from a man who really doesn't have a claim on it. The suspect is a Russian Allmen tracks from an apartment building to a rental agency to a villa to a stunning Baltic coast resort, where sophisticated sybarite Allmen of course gets the best of everything and charges it to his client. But the Russian is being tracked by others, the Pink Diamond turns out not to be as expected, and Allmen and faithful Carlos enter the slippery realm of high finance. VERDICT Immense fun for lovers of international mystery. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Suter's so-so sequel to 2018's Allmen and the Dragonflies, Johann Friedrich von Allmen, the head of Allmen International Inquiries, accepts a lucrative assignment, despite the belief of his butler and business partner, Carlos de Leon, that the case is beyond Johann's capacity. A pink diamond that was auctioned in Switzerland for £30 million has disappeared. An Englishman named Montgomery tells Allman that his unnamed client was the gem's purchaser, and that others have identified a Russian, Artyom Sokolov, as having been involved in the theft. Montgomery asks Allman to find Sokolov, whose last known address was in Switzerland. Allmen's dogged but unremarkable sleuthing develops promising leads, as well as evidence that his quarry is also of interest to multiple other parties. The plot itself is nothing special, and the conceit of an investigator living beyond his means who relies on his servant's commonsense goes only so far in maintaining interest in what happens once Sokolov is found. Still, some fans of light crime novels will be satisfied. (Mar.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Suter's so-so sequel to 2018's Allmen and the Dragonflies, Johann Friedrich von Allmen, the head of Allmen International Inquiries, accepts a lucrative assignment, despite the belief of his butler and business partner, Carlos de Leon, that the case is beyond Johann's capacity. A pink diamond that was auctioned in Switzerland for £30 million has disappeared. An Englishman named Montgomery tells Allman that his unnamed client was the gem's purchaser, and that others have identified a Russian, Artyom Sokolov, as having been involved in the theft. Montgomery asks Allman to find Sokolov, whose last known address was in Switzerland. Allmen's dogged but unremarkable sleuthing develops promising leads, as well as evidence that his quarry is also of interest to multiple other parties. The plot itself is nothing special, and the conceit of an investigator living beyond his means who relies on his servant's commonsense goes only so far in maintaining interest in what happens once Sokolov is found. Still, some fans of light crime novels will be satisfied. (Mar.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Delightfully quirky and original, it feels like a Golden Age detective novel transposed, wonderfully, into the 21st century."
Peter James, author of Dead Simple and Dead Man's Time

An unimaginably valuable pink diamond has gone missing and a mysterious Russian residing in Switzerland is suspected of having made off with the treasured jewel. But the investigative duo of Johann Friedrich von Allmen and his Guatemalan butler Carlos are on the case. Their search leads from London to Zurich to a grand hotel on the Baltic coast. Amorous adventures and diverting mishaps litter the path through a world of European high culture and luxury, with hard-knuckle forays into global financial markets and high tech moves to manipulate them. This is the second in a series of fast-paced detective novels devoted to a memorable gentleman thief who, with his trusted sidekick, runs an international detective agency to recover stolen precious objects. Don't miss the first in the series, Allmen and the Dragonflies, also published by New Vessel Press.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The second in a fast-paced series centered on a memorable gentleman thief and his Guatemalan butler which transports readers along on madcap amorous adventures and diverting mishaps in a world of European high life.