Believing the Lie (Inspector Lynley Series #17)

Believing the Lie (Inspector Lynley Series #17)

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by Elizabeth George
     
 

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After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent

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After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

Deborah's investigation of the prime suspect—Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict—leads her to Nicholas's wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim's bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family's veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lord Bernard Fairclough, a wealthy industrialist, asks Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley to secretly delve into the accidental death of his gay nephew, Ian Cresswell, in bestseller George’s less than satisfying 17th novel featuring the Scotland Yard policeman (after 2010’s This Body of Death). Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers and other series regulars help Lynley try to unspool a tangled web of drug addiction and recovery, gay marriage, extramarital affairs, egg donation, and online sexual predators.As usual in George’s work, the process of detection reveals more about those doing the detecting than the mystery itself. Some of the subplots—such as Havers’s attempts to spruce up her appearance—lead to dead ends.Zed Benjamin, a bumbling rookie journalist, offers some farcical moments to lighten up the general gloom. Statements of the obvious (“Deborah hated being at odds with her husband”) and platitudes for unbearably painful situations will annoy some, while others will see the denouement from a mile off. Agent: Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group. (Jan.)
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"A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail...The terrain and the weather are objective correlatives to the characters' stormy patches. Meanwhile, the story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways."—The Wall Street Journal

"Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tales always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries."—The Seattle Times

"Devilishly complicated."—Entertainment Weekly

"A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction."—People

"George's...ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work...A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Masterly…an intricate crime drama.”—Marie Claire

Kirkus Reviews
Why investigate an accidental drowning? Wealth hath its privileges, and one of them, Lord Fairclough finds, is bending New Scotland Yard to his will by arranging for a discreet inquiry into the accidental drowning of his nephew Ian Cresswell. So Inspector Thomas Lynley (The Body of Death, 2010, etc.) is dispatched incognito to the Lake District, where his task is to determine whether Fairclough's wastrel son Nicholas perhaps jimmied loose the boathouse stones on which Ian slipped to his death. The coroner thinks not, but Lynley has asked forensic specialist Simon St. James and his photographer wife Deborah to nose around just in case there's evidence of foul play to be found. Meanwhile, back in London, DS Havers is engaged in another sort of research on the morosely dysfunctional Faircloughs, which includes Fairclough's warring twin daughters Manette and Mignon; his nephew Ian's corrosively angry son Tim and sexually rapacious ex-wife Niamh; as well as the man Ian left his family for, the foreign-born Kaveh; and, of course, there's Fairclough's recovering junkie/alcoholic son Nicholas and his beautiful, secretive Argentine wife Alatea. Muddying the landscape is a tabloid reporter who's eager to save his job with a juicy sex scandal, even if he has to make one up. Pedophilia, homophilia, infidelity, illegitimacy and greed will come into play, but it is Deborah, consumed with her own infertility, who sets in motion the final tragedy. Pared-down George, weighing in at a svelte 600 pages, but still strewn with subplots, melodrama, melancholy, a wretchedly unhappy Havers and the impossibly heroic, impossibly nice Thomas Lynley.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451237699
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Series:
Inspector Lynley Series, #17
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail...The terrain and the weather are objective correlatives to the characters' stormy patches. Meanwhile, the story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways."—The Wall Street Journal

"Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tales always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries."—The Seattle Times

"Devilishly complicated."—Entertainment Weekly

"A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction."—People

"George's...ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work...A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Masterly…an intricate crime drama.”—Marie Claire

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen suspense novels, one book of nonfiction, two short-story collections, and has made a recent foray into young adult books. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as several other prestigious prizes.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
February 26, 1949
Place of Birth:
Warren, Ohio
Education:
A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University
Website:
http://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com

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Believing the Lie 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all Inspector Lynley series and viewed most of those on TV. This without a doubt is the very worst of all and could have (and should have) been writen by any beginning writer with a an agenda that had nothing to do with Inspector Lynley or the rest of the brilliant characters from the mind of Elizabeth George. After waiting several months for the release of this anticipated #16 I am extreamly disappointed and will never purchase another until well after it's release and after many reviews, all of which have to be excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As concluded by other reviewers, rich in parts. Sadly, I found it unbelievable to silly in several story lines. Tim's going to be all right because he has a family again? Not. And now Lynley has lost his lordly edge making him far less appealing. The best I can say about this book is I managed to slog through all of it. Fun to learn about pele towers though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verbose, boring, mind numbing...couldnt even wade through it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big George fan i am very disappointed. The story is way too complicated while missing her usual rich descriptive style. I don't think I can finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was not nearly as good as the other Inspector Lynley mysteries. It was too long and it went nowhere. Maybe Elizabeth George should have quit several novels ago.
NookGirlMP More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth George grabbed me right away with this book and kept me until the final 100 or so pages. Each of the story lines fell flat and were almost predictable -- a claim that can't be attached to any of her earlier books. Sadly, I had to force myself through a number of the final pages. I'm not sorry I read "Believing the Lie"; Elizabeth George is a superb writer and her characters are THE BEST. With this book, though, the story itself disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Elizabeth George. I have read the entire Lynley series and I have to say I am disapponted in this book. Lynley is not regal or even interesting, Debra is so annoying I disliked reading about her altogether in the book. The story was unbelievable in some places and endearing in others. Thank goodness for Havers, she make the book seem real although her portion was small. Elizabeth George has certainly written better and I look forward to the next book in this series in hopes that I will find a better book than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like most other posters, I am a Lynley fan always awaiting the next release. While I mostly enjoyed this book there were disappointing elements. I was especially disappointed in the total lack of discussion between Simon, a scientist, and Deborah over the issue of surrogacy. If Deborah has a balanced translocation simple surrogacy would not work for her. I also was surprised that I saw the twist related to Aleta fairly early on. I also found it completely unbelievable that Daidre Trahair from Careless In Red was competing in a roller derby. That was totally out of character. Despite these inconsistencies, I mostly enjoyed the story.
Mackie77 More than 1 year ago
This book might be the one that forces me to quit reading the series; I've found it to be very depressing, and, although murder is not a happy topic, I keep hoping that someone somewhere has a glimmer happiness for a moment. 600 pages of tedious trails that lead nowhere. It's almost like watching buses go by, no purpose, just words. Endless pages about the about homosexual sex, Pedophilia, etc. As I just said about another book, what a waste of my reading time!
connie37 More than 1 year ago
Were is the old Elizabeth George? the author whos early books had one reading in a very short time, as could not put down. The plots kept one guessing and reading, Lynley and Havers were great together. I have friends who will not read E G's books, ever since she killed off Lynleys wife. Well, they aren't mmissing much, this book was much too long. The plot was lame, and thank goodness I did not buy, but was a library rental. Which she would get back to shorter and more interesting books .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewers, not up to the usual standards you expect from Elizabeth George. It was depressing, too many different story lines, just an ok read.
EGC-NC More than 1 year ago
I am at a loss to understand all the negative reviews. Is this the best Linley novel ever? Probably not. But I still managed to finish it in three days, and it held my interest throughout. It has a sad, plausible ending which left me longing for the next installment. That's what I call a successful book. The only criticism I have is that I find Deborah St. James to be annoyingly whiny. I can't imaging how cerebral Simon can stand her immaturity. Anyway, here's hoping the next book includes much more Barbara Havers and much less Deborah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all her books and I must say this is the first Lynley/Havers novel that began with me struggling to stay with it. I'm usually engaged within the first 100 pages of any book but this one took a bit longer. I do have to say it was more than worth it once it got going and I got really engaged.
CTNookman More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I enjoy Elizabeth George and her inspector Lynley series and I was so looking forward to reading her newest one. I picked it up at the library and before I read it I checked B and N for a quick review. I wiish I hadn't because many reviews were not good. For a few hours, as I began reading, I was influenced by the negative reviews. But the book won me over quickly. I finished it a few hours ago. At 608 pages it took a bit longer to read but it was so worth it. All my favorite characters from past books were in it and they all fitted beautifully into the mystery. Even dead Helen had a few lines! The story was interesting with a surprise at the end that I am sure no one could ever see coming. Listen, if you've read previous inspector Lynley books before. You will truly enjoy this one. I tend to read books in the order they were written. I have skipped a few of George's earlier books and I am not reading the one where Helen dies, but I picked them up right after her death and they don't disappoint. Ignore all other reviews. Snuggle down and enjoy this one. You won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had looked forward to this latest Inspector Lynley book by Elizabeth George. I was very disappointed. It was about a highly dysfunctional family, and it was very boring. Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers were relegated to second rate characters. I do not recommend this new book to anyone, if your looking for continuation in the Inspector Lynley/Barbara Havers series. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate it about a three. Apparently, Elizabeth George tried to do something different, and she miserably failed. I did read the whole book, but it was a struggle to get through it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every Inspector Lindley book. Elizabeth George is a good writer but in her last few books there are too many characters and subplots and not enough of Lindley and Havers. I find the latest books are confusing and rambling. Please go back to Lindley and Havers solving the crimes. They are both spectacular characters.
The-Whit More than 1 year ago
At least I agree with the fans. I was disappointed and since I've hung in there throughout all the books I thought it was me being most critical. It has been down hill since Helen died. Oops I did skip the book after Helen died as I didn't want to read about a child criminal . But Elizabeth, oh Elizabeth where art thou? If you've changed your diet, go back. If you've decided to see what else works...don't. It wasn't broke why did you try to fix it. We love these characters .... even Deborah wasn't even in character. Thank God Isabella and Lynley are done....boring. I need a break after 600 pages! Way too long.
Yani1 More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Too many characters and most of them not interesting enough to warrant the pages given to them. Recent Lynley books include many sub-plots of marginal interest and few relating to well-adjusted people. Just too much drama and deviation to "grab" readers and have them actually relate to or care about the characters. Ms. George could use an editor to remove the excess that takes away from the main plot line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disappointment. Bloated and much too long. Perhaps the weakest book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth George and I was really looking forward to reading this book. I hate to admit this, but it was so dull and boring that I couldn't get through it! Normally I am up at all hours reading Inspector Lynley books and now I'm so disappointed in what has happened with Believing the Lie that I feel cheated.
FrancesNC More than 1 year ago
I don't necessarily expect "happily ever after" for all the characters in a detective story, but I did find oppressive the gloom and doom that overtakes nearly everyone in Believing the Lie. The last few chapters are a perfect orgy of "mea culpa" for all the principal players, after the several interwoven plot lines end either inconclusively or disastrously. The few glimmers of present or future happiness seem, alas, unrealistic. The characters remain, as always, compelling, and one wishes this workout had been less discursive and more plausible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am ever a fan of Ms George. This book had about 3 or 4 stories going on at the same time. It was well written so I never got lost, though. I enjoy her characters, although still miss Helen! Yes I think most people would enjoy this book and I will recommend it to my friends.
ac123 More than 1 year ago
I've bought and read every Elizabth George book and been satisfied, but I'm about 1/3 of the way through this one and doubt I'll finish. Except for Havers (and she'e only made a tiny appearance so far) everyone including Lynley is plodding and depressed. Will wait for George's next to be available used or at the library before buying again. I'm hoping she doesn't go the way of former favorites of mine (like Patricia Cornwell) who I don't buy or read anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Lynley novels and each has it's endearing moments with character growth......I've grown to love Barbara Havers the most. One can't help but love her and root for her to find love.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A book is more than a story. It speaks of the mind behind the story. Elizabeth George is clearly a pro at managing several characters with compassion and literacy. Even the evil twin is more pathetic than rotten. I love that the writer's prose is precise, and just right. I have read all her novels and will continue as long as she keeps working.