The winner of nearly every major mystery award, as well as the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement and the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, Peter Lovesey proves he still has plenty up his sleeve with this 13th Peter Diamond novel. Diamond looks into the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal; the only clue to her identity is a tattoo of a musical note on one of her teeth. In a counterpoint to his investigation, a violinist named Mel Farran finds himself being courted by an elite classical quartet at Bath Spa University, and he and Diamond each learn about the darker side of fandom and the cutthroat world of professional musicians.
"Unlike any police procedural you've ever read.... The murder investigation provides the structural framework for a group portrait of the eccentric members of this captivating ensemble and the music they play with such rapturous devotion."—NYTBR
"Lovesey is a puzzle master, and readers will happily chase his adroitly placed clues.... But Lovesey's knowledge of classical music and his skill in describing it make The Tooth Tattoo especially memorable and informative."—Richmond Times-Dispatch