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In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley Series #8)

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    Finely Crafted

    Book 8 in the Inspector Lynley series Ms George knows how to sustain her readers' attention in tales that are not only suspenseful but finely crafted and delightfully intricate. With "In the Presence of the Enemy" she once more proves that she is one of the best classic British mystery novelist today. The story opens with the kidnapping of young Charlotte Bowen. The kidnapper(s) demand her father, publisher Dennis Luxford to pay an unusual ransom, " Divulge on the front page of his newspaper that he has fathered a child in a loveless tryst with Eve Bowen ". But Eve, a high ranking influential member of parliament hesitates and refuses to go along with the demand. She believes that Dennis has engineered everything to discredit her and is so convinced it is a hoax she steadfastly refuses to involve the authorities. The story advances at a rapid pace and the plot thickens when another child disappears. After realizing the determination of the kidnapper(s), Inspector Lynley and Detective Havers from Scotland Yard are called upon and brought up to speed. Following this duo as they piece clue after clue is a riveting experience, the writer plunges us into an adrenaline filled game of cat and mouse. Ms George spoon feeds her readers tit-bits of information seemingly leading them down the garden path and at just the right time she jumps track and throws her readers completely off balance. Being unpredictable helps pique the readers interest even more. Along with the main plot, interlaced are sub-plots involving Lynley's financé Helen who is wrestling with her own demons and making a small but important appearance is forensic scientist Simon and his wife Deborah. All the characters are believable although not all likeable but definitely all expertly drawn to keep us captivated. This is a suspense filled mystery from start to finish, one of Ms George's best.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    If you like the Lynley series you will love this book!

    I keep thinking that the last Lynley series book I have read has to be the best in the series. "This Body of Death," " For the Sake of Eleana," " No One as Witness" - all great reads - all as good as the one before it. " In the Presence of the Enemy" IMO rises as equal to the aforementioned. I blasted through it in three days not being able to put it down. The twists and turns continually surprised me - like a great thrill ride - you come away totally blown away, amazed how much fun it was. Finally, I have downloaded the first book in this series, "A great Deliverance" and will try to take my time with it. So far, with this series, that is easier said than done.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Character and story, what more could you ask for?

    I an going through the Elizabeth George series pretty quickly-----I began with Pursuit of a Proper Sinner then realized that the recurring characters have a back story, so I went on line, got a list of the books in chronological order and have been following the development of the major players. Entwined with well drawn and interesting characters, the plot of each subsequent book is compelling. I usually buy two at a time, hoping that the others will still be there when I go back the next week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    avid reader

    I hadn't heard of Elizabeth George before reading this book. My mom read it and passed it on to me. I had trouble putting it down and was forced to go get George's other Inspector Linley books, so I could start from the beginning. She is the only author I read consistantly. Her stories are suspenseful and intelligent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    FOUND A NEW ARTIST

    After taking a chance at a book sale, I bought this book, having never heard of Elizabeth George, I found this book to fantastic reading. I couldn't put it down, after I started. Has you trying to determine the killer and being totally suprised at the end. I'm looking forward to reading more books by her. This book would make a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    One of Ms. George's Best

    An addicting read. Ms. George's characters are compellingly rendered and the plot finely tuned. Some complain about Ms. George's lengthy exposition, but I find that it makes the full breadth of the novel feel far more alive. Also kudos to Ms. George for expanding and bringing the excellent, complex Barbara Havers character more to the forefront of the action in this book. (And making her the leading character in the sequel.) As satisfying a mystery as you are ever likely to read.

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