I'm just sorry there are only three books in the series. I couldn't even find much info about the author on the web - only that he resides in Seattle (which is where Miles lives too). Below are reviews I wrote for the three Miles Diamond novels - there are some minor spoilers.
Miles Diamond is a wonderful character!
I found this little gem by accident and had to go right out and buy the other two volumes in the series. (Miles Diamond and the Demon of Death & Miles Diamond and the Case of the Cretan Apollo)
Keep in mind, it's ADULT FICTION, so if graphic (homosexual) sex offends you, don't read the book.
Derek Adams created a wonderfully incorrigible character in Miles Diamond. Written in a sort of hard boiled style, Miles harkens back to the likes of Mike Hammer, Philip Marlowe, Archie Goodwin - you get the idea. But he's hilarious! He's a private detective, you see, but he really isn't very good at it. Fortunately, he's adorable and has good friends, so it all evens out.
When there's work to be done, Miles usually has his pants down, leaving his friends to dig up the clues, but to be fair, Miles also takes most of the risks too. In this book alone, poor Miles gets tossed down a flight of stairs, knocked on the head several times, almost drowned; he's tied, chained, knocked off a rooftop, shot at and threatened by absolutely everyone! Who can blame him for taking sexual comfort when he can, as he may be dead at any moment!
In this first book of the series, Miles is hired by David Travis to find his missing twin brother Daniel. The catch is, Daniel has been declared dead, but David says he has a connection with his brother and would know if he were really dead. It all sounds a little fishy, but Miles is at the end of his rope financially and Travis is super wealthy (and super gorgeous), so he jumps in with both feet - and, um, other things ... Miles is a horn dog, much to the dismay of his prudish friend Rudy, who is the brains of the operation (although, trusting Miles to do anything is not very smart, as he is so very easily distracted). Miles and pals are pursued from Seattle to Amsterdam to Paris to Marakesh with death and mayhem always a step behind. The climactic bondage scene alone is worth the read.
Even better than the first book!
This is the sequel to The Adventures of Miles Diamond: The Case of The Missing Twin. It's not necessary to the story to have read the first one, but it might help to understand how these characters came together. (The third book is Miles Diamond and the Case of the Cretan Apollo).
As with the first book in the series, keep in mind, it's ADULT FICTION, so if graphic (homosexual) sex offends you, don't read the book.
The fantastic dynamic between Miles and his pal Rudy Vale really takes off in this book. Miles makes him so crazy, Rudy almost kills him on numerous occasions. Which brings up the importance of their other pal Jackson. Miles and Rudy are perfect foils for each other but they're always at each other's throats. Without Jackson to step between them, Miles would be dead. And make no mistake, it would be Miles doing the dying - Rudy is freakin' huge and there is no way Miles could take him. (Okay, maybe that's a poor choice of wording). Actually, I really like Rudy in this one. He lets his hair down - who knew a few drinks could turn ultra conservative Rudy into "Volcano Man"? (The stage show in LA is one for the books).
Once again down and out in Seattle, Miles and company find themselves accidentally involved in a deadly art scam. The stakes are higher this time. The murder attempts on our hero come fast and furious before he even knows why and then his good name is besmirched when he is accused of a crime he didn't commit (I mean, really - considering all the crimes he does commit, it's a real slap in the face to be accused of a crime he didn't commit!) His photo is plastered all over the papers and a reward is placed on his head dead or alive. (See what I mean about high stakes?) Their travels lead them to Mexico this time and to an ancient pagan temple. Once again, Miles takes his lumps - he is tossed in front of a bus, hit by a car, a grenade is tossed at him, he's shot at, thrown down into a volcano (along with Rudy), knocked on the head, scheduled for execution (though, that's his own fault for sleeping with his host's son - really, he doesn't know when to keep his pants on!)
Okay, the temple orgy is a bit much. It's supposed to be due to the energy vibes from the temple or whatever, but really, it's a bit over the top. Fun, but over the top. The para-sailing incident is hilarious, though - I was rolling with laughter as I read that bit. The final interrogation is definitely worth it too. (Actually, the first book ended with Miles in chains too - do I see a pattern forming here?)
Now, this book has some continuity problems. Twice a character was called by the wrong name. (Two different characters - once Nelson Chin is called James Chin and once Goldstein is called Garcia - kind of confusing) And somewhere in the middle of the book, Rudy's eyes went from green to blue - now, that's just weird!
Another great romp with Miles Diamond and pals!
This is the sequel to The Adventures of Miles Diamond: The Case of The Missing Twin and Miles Diamond and the Demon of Death. I'm just sorry Derek Adams didn't write any more! It's not really necessary to have read the first two before reading this one, but certain previous incidents are alluded to.
As with the first two books in the series, keep in mind, it's ADULT FICTION, so if graphic (homosexual) sex offends you, don't read the book.
I absolutely ADORE Rudy in this one! I loved Miles from the first paragraph of the first book, but his pal Rudy Vale really blossomed through all three volumes. Usually the sarcastic brains of the operation, Rudy is a mess in this one. His nephew is kidnapped and he freaks big time. Miles, ever the screw-up, really steps up to the plate, though. With his friend in trouble, he is kicking butt and taking names! At about the point where I was thinking, Wow, Miles is really on the ball, isn't he?, Rudy asks him, "Are you getting smarter or am I getting dumber?" And we learn a heck of a lot about Rudy's background and family - we learn his full name (Rudolph Carrington Vale), we learn about his ivy league past (Yale grad) - it's great! And Rudy is really a good friend after all - he saves Miles' life several times (although, maybe that's only so he can have the pleasure of killing him himself).
Miles, Rudy and Jackson are fiscally solvent now, after the Demon of Death case. Jackson is off somewhere, so this one centers mainly around Miles and Rudy. Miles opens a new office, hires an assistant, takes a jealous lover case - all great, right? But once again, Miles can't keep his pants on and this jealous lover is the murdering kind. With this guy after him, he jumps at the chance to follow Rudy to Greece - maybe a little time away will allow that jealous lover to calm down. Adam Scott, Rudy's old frat brother, has sent a telegram requesting Rudy's help in finding something called The Cretan Apollo. This intrigues Rudy, because he has never heard of such a thing and he's heard of everything, so off they go. Miles, Rudy, Gerald (Rudy's nephew) and Toby (Miles' new assistant) all head for the steamy Greek Isles.
Unfortunately, they step off the plane into a hornets nest of danger, murder and intrigue. Gerald and Toby are kidnapped, Miles and Rudy are wanted for murder (Miles is starting to get used to being accused of crimes he didn't commit). This time, Rudy takes his lumps along with Miles - they are both knocked out, both in the car when it is forced off a cliff, they are both tortured and scheduled for execution at a Turkish prison - Rudy gets an education in what it's like being Miles Diamond. And they both end up in chains in this one (definitely a pattern for Miles). The case comes to a close on an island called Aphrodesia (I'm not even going down that road).
It's an exciting chase and some of the situations they get into are just too much. The assault on the bad guy's fortress is particularly note-worthy. This time, though, it's not all Miles' fault.
Once again, though - continuity problems abound. I blame this on the editors. Miles and Rudy lose their clothes in prison and no mention is made of them getting anything to replace them. Yet a while later, they are fully clothed - how'd that happen? And Rudy still has blue eyes. What's up with that? In the first book, Rudy has gorgeous emerald eyes, but about halfway through the second book, he suddenly has blue eyes - that's a major faux pas in my estimation.
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