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"Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is back, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata. They are on the hunt for a sinister killer." "When an adolescent boy's nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of a tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize this as the work of a serial killer. This is the fourth victim in three months but the first to be white." Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized racism in its failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard hands the case over to Lynley and his colleagues. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. Worse, a devastating tragedy within the police ranks causes them to fumble in their pursuit of him.
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Elizabeth George's popular detective pair, Lynley and Havers, are together again, working to catch a brutal serial killer in With No One as Witness.

New Scotland Yard's aristocratic Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley and working-class Constable Barbara Havers (she's been reduced in rank, basically for sheer bloody-mindedness) of first suspect a serial killer is at work when the corpse of a teenage boy is found on top of a tomb. Their hopes of preventing a second death are shattered when a review of open cases finds three similar crime scenes. The first three victims, however, differed from the fourth in being nonwhite. When Lynley's antagonistic superior realizes that the department will be accused of racism for failing to solve the earlier crimes, his method of damage control infuriates Lynley and impedes work on the case.

One of Lynley's best investigators, who is black, is diverted to handling press conferences and replaced by a profiler Lynley doesn't want. And, worst of all, a reporter is embedded with the team…and his feature about Lynley almost draws a map to the house Lynley shares with his pregnant wife. Struggling to keep their focus on the crimes, Lynley and Havers find a disturbing connection to an organization named Colossus that serves troubled youths. Despite a cover-up by the director, they learn that all four of the dead boys spent time there. Then there is a fifth similar death, although closer investigation reveals that it deviates from the previous pattern in several disturbing ways. Is the killer changing his habits in an effort to stump the police, or has someone else stepped beyond the bounds of justice and humanity? New York Times–bestselling author Elizabeth George's story of police work in London is a taut tale of dogged perseverance and brilliant intuition. Sue Stone
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Acting Supt. Thomas Lynley and Det. Constable Barbara Havers face their most challenging and perilous case yet-the linked murders of four youths, three of black or mixed parentage-in bestseller George's absorbing 13th British police procedural (after 2003's A Place of Hiding). Crime fans will find plenty of forensic minutiae and details of police bureaucracy and politics, but it's characterization at which George really excels. The up-and-down career of Havers is at low ebb following her demotion from sergeant to constable, and her rocky personal life doesn't make that easier to bear. Lynley's professional life has become more difficult due to the continued absence of Supt. Malcolm Webberly and the need to deal directly with Asst. Commissioner David Hillier. The tension builds as the brutal serial killings continue and the pressure to solve them mounts. George expertly uses every device in the book from red herrings to blind alleys, from subtle twists to swift shocks. This is an outstanding and explosive addition to a popular series. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. 9-city author tour. (Mar. 15) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Slashed, naked, and dead: these teenaged boys are telling Scotland Yard that a serial killer is at large. A one-day laydown and an eight-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Associated Press
“This one grabs the reader all the way.”
Orlando Sentinel
“Powerful.”
San Jose Mercury News
“A good read.”
Associated Press Staff
“This one grabs the reader all the way.”
USA Today
“[A] juicy serial killer whodunit.”
Seattle Times
“Delicately textured...achingly compassionate...gripping...it’s one of George’s best, and that’s saying something.”
Nashville Tennessean
“Always entertaining.”
Bookreporter.com
“Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Excellent.”
Daily News (NY)
“George fully develops every nuance of the racially loaded case—and every thrill in the chase. But it’s the note on which the novel ends that stuns as the series is violently wrenched onto new ground.”
Globe & Mail (Toronto)
"Excellent."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060852542
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/31/1906
  • Series: Inspector Lynley Series , #13

Meet the Author

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.

Biography

Elizabeth George was happy that her first novel was rejected.

Scratch that. She's happy now. At the time, it wasn't her best day. But the notes from her editor helped her realize that she had written the wrong book and chosen the wrong leading man. She threw out her Agatha-Christie/drawing-room-whodunit model in favor of a more modern police procedural set in the world of Scotland Yard. She promoted a minor character to her leading man, the handsome, aristocratic, Bentley-driving Thomas Lynley. And she invented a partner for him, the blue-collar, foul-mouthed, messy Barbara Havers.

"I was very lucky when the first one was rejected, because the editor explained to me why," George told the Los Angeles Times in 1999. "I had written a very Agatha Christie-esque book and she said that wasn't the way it was done. The modern crime novel doesn't have the detective call everyone into the library. It must deal with more topical crimes and the motives must be more psychological because the things you kill for are different now. Things like getting rid of a spouse who won't divorce you, or hiding an illegitimate child, or blackmail over a family scandal -- those are no longer realistic motivations."

And so, in A Great Deliverance, her first published novel, she opens with the decapitated body of a farmer, his blood-splattered daughter holding an ax, the horrified clergyman who happens on to the crime scene, and a rat feasting on the remains. Nope, not in Agatha Christie territory anymore.

George began writing as child when her mother gave her an old 1939 typewriter. When she graduated from high school, she graduated to an electric typewriter. But not until she graduated to a home computer (purchased by her husband in the 1983), did she actually try her hand at a novel. At the time, she was a schoolteacher and had been since 1974. But with the computer in front of her, she has said, it was put-up-or-shut-up time. She finished her first manuscript in 1983. But her first book wasn't published for five more years.

Though the Lynley/Havers novels are set in England -- as are the tales in her first book of short stories, 2002's I, Richard -- George is a Yank, born in Ohio and raised in Southern California. Maintaining a flat in London's South Kensington as a home base for research, George has been an Anglophile since a trip as a teenager to the United Kingdom, where she ultimately found that a British setting better served the fiction that she wanted to write. "The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel," she told Publishers Weekly in 1996, "where you have the emotional aspect of a detective's personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character."

Readers have made her books standard features on the bestseller lists, and critics have noted the psychologically deft motives of her characters and her detailed, well-researched plotting. "A behemoth, staggering in depth and breadth, A Traitor to Memory leaves you simultaneously satisfied and longing for more. It's simply a supreme pleasure to spend time engrossed in this intense, well-written novel," the Miami Herald said in 2001. The Washington Post called 1990's Well-Schooled in Murder " a bewitching book, exasperatingly clever, and with a complex plot that must be peeled layer by layer like an onion." The Los Angeles Times once called her "the California author who does Britain as well as P.D. James." And in 1996, Entertainment Weekly placed George's eighth novel, In the Presence of the Enemy in their fiction top ten list of the year, where she kept company with John Updike, Frank McCourt, Stephen King, and Jon Krakauer.

In her mind, each book begins with the killer, the victim and the motive. She travels to London and stays at her flat there to research locales. And she writes long profiles about what drives her characters psychologically. The kick for the reader isn't necessarily whodunit but why they dun it.

"I don't mind if they know who the killer is," she has said. "I'm happy to surprise them with the psychology behind the crime. I'm interested in the dark side of man. I'm interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity not in their happiness."

Good To Know

The original model for Lynley was Nigel Havers, the nobleman and hurdle-jumper in the film Chariots of Fire whose butler placed champagne flutes on the hurdles to keep him from knocking them over. She named Barbara Havers as an homage to the actor.

On page 900 of the rough draft for Deception on His Mind, George changed her mind about the identity of the killer.

George's ex-husband is her business manager.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 26, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Warren, Ohio
    1. Education:
      A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University
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With No One As Witness LP

Chapter One

Detective constable Barbara Havers considered herself one lucky bird: The drive was empty. She'd elected to do her weekly shop by car rather than on foot, and this was always a risky business in an area of town where anyone fortunate enough to find a parking space near their home clung to it with the devotion of the newly redeemed to the source of his redemption. But knowing she had much to purchase and shuddering at the thought of trudging in the cold back from the local grocery, she'd opted for transport and hoped for the best. So when she pulled up in front of the yellow Edwardian house behind which her tiny bungalow stood, she took the space in the drive without compunction. She listened to the coughing and gagging of her Mini's engine as she turned it off, and she made her fifteenth mental note of the month to have the car looked at by a mechanic who -- one prayed -- would not ask an arm, a leg, and one's firstborn child to repair whatever was causing it to belch like a dyspeptic pensioner.

She climbed out and flipped the seat forward to gather up the first of the plastic carrier bags. She'd linked four of them over her arms and was dragging them out of the car when she heard her name called.

Someone sang it out. "Barbara! Barbara! Look what I've found in the cupboard."

Barbara straightened and glanced in the direction from which the voice had chimed. She saw the young daughter of her neighbour sitting on the weathered wooden bench in front of the ground-floor flat of the old converted building. She'd removed her shoes and was in the process of struggling into a pair of inline skates. Far too large by the look of them, Barbara thought. Hadiyyah was only eight years old and the skates were clearly meant for an adult.

"These're Mummy's," Hadiyyah informed her, as if reading her mind. "I found them in a cupboard, like I said. I've never skated on them before. I expect they're going to be big on me, but I've stuffed them with kitchen towels. Dad doesn't know."

"About the kitchen towels?"

Hadiyyah giggled. "Not that! He doesn't know that I've found them."

"Perhaps you're not meant to be using them."

"Oh, they weren't hidden. Just put away. Till Mummy gets home, I expect. She's in -- "

"Canada. Right," Barbara nodded. "Well, you take care with those. Your dad's not going to be chuffed if you fall and break your head. D'you have a helmet or something?"

Hadiyyah looked down at her feet -- one skated and one socked -- and thought about this. "Am I meant to?"

"Safety precaution," Barbara told her. "A consideration for the street sweepers, as well. Keeps people's brains off the pavement."

Hadiyyah rolled her eyes. "I know you're joking."

Barbara crossed her heart. "God's truth. Where's your dad, anyway? Are you alone today?" She kicked open the picket gate that fronted a path to the house, and she considered whether she ought to talk to Taymullah Azhar once again about leaving his daughter on her own. While it was true that he did it rarely enough, Barbara had told him that she would be pleased to look after Hadiyyah on her own time off if he had students to meet or lab work to supervise at the university. Hadiyyah was remarkably self-sufficient for an eight-year-old, but at the end of the day she was still that: an eight-year-old, and more innocent than her fellows, in part because of a culture that kept her protected and in part because of the desertion of her English mother who had now been "in Canada" for nearly a year.

"He's gone to buy me a surprise," Hadiyyah informed her matterof- factly. "He thinks I don't know, he thinks I think he's running an errand, but I know what he's really doing. It's 'cause he feels bad and he thinks I feel bad, which I don't, but he wants to help me feel better anyway. So he said, 'I've an errand to run, kushi,' and I'm meant to think it's not about me. Have you done your shopping? C'n I help you, Barbara?"

"More bags in the car if you want to fetch them," Barbara told her.

Hadiyyah slipped off the bench and -- one skate on and one skate off -- hopped over to the Mini and pulled out the rest of the bags. Barbara waited at the corner of the house. When Hadiyyah joined her, bobbing up and down on her one skate, Barbara said, "What's the occasion, then?"

Hadiyyah followed her to the bottom of the property where, under a false acacia tree, Barbara's bungalow -- looking much like a garden shed with delusions of grandeur -- snowed flakes of green paint onto a narrow flower bed in need of planting. "Hmm?" Hadiyyah asked. Close up now, Barbara could see that the little girl wore the headphones of a CD player round her neck and the player itself attached to the waistband of her blue jeans. Some unidentifiable music was issuing tinnily from it in a feminine register. Hadiyyah appeared not to notice this.

"The surprise," Barbara said as she opened the front door of her digs. "You said your dad was out fetching you a surprise."

"Oh, that." Hadiyyah clumped into the bungalow and deposited her burdens on the dining table where several days' post mingled with four copies of the Evening Standard, a basket of dirty laundry, and an empty bag of custard cremes. It all made an unappealing jumble at which the habitually neat little girl frowned meaningfully. "You haven't sorted out your belongings," she chided ...

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    What can George do with her characters now?

    The latest in Elizabeth George's Thomas Lynley novels, "With No One As Witness", delivers a shocker about 3/5 of the way through the book. It's an event that, quite frankly, you will never anticipate, and it's completely unnecessary to the plot, unless Ms George got tired of the way Lynley's life was going and wanted to be able to move him off in another direction. We'll have to see what happens in her next book - if indeed there is a next book. <BR/><BR/>That being said, and that plot twist aside, this is an excellent addition to one of the best British police procedurals being written today. Lynley and his two primary assistants, Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata, have never been more human, more alive - especially considering the subject of this latest entry in the series. George writes her story with great tact, and most of what she says on the subject is implied. Of necessity there are some scenes that may turn your stomach, but these are kept to a minimum and George does not draw out her descriptions of these scenes. <BR/><BR/>Considering the hue and cry that emerged when this book came out, I will anxiously be awaiting news of the next book in this series - although as I said before, I wonder.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Loved It - Despite the Demise of One of My Favorite Characters

    I'm a real fan of George's and I loved this book, although I hated the loss of Helen, one of my favorite fictional characters. I felt the loss so deeply, and that is because the author did her job so well. She hits the emotional triggers in a very real way. I felt as grief-stricken as Lynley. My questions for the author: why get rid of this popular character, and did she plan for this several books ago?

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Engaging

    Book 13, in the Inspector Lynley series

    I am happy to see with this instalment my beloved protagonists Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers back to the forefront and plunged into a suspenseful case complete with red herrings and gritty crime scenes. The book provides an intellectual challenge, its 600 pages or more is a kaleidoscope of complicated themes and sub-themes crisscrossed with a rich narrative that keeps us on the edge of our seat while tracking the numerous players that pop in an out of the storyline.

    In this novel we follow the procedures that Scotland Yard Detectives employ on the trail of a serial killer who targets young boys in London and displays their bodies in a gruesome manner. Commissioner Hillier realises he has a serial killer when a fourth victim, a white teen, surfaces with similar wounds to three other non- white victims, he also realises he has to stay ahead of media hype and diffuse any accusations of racial preference by promoting officer Nkate ( a black man) to Detective Sergeant. The commissioner wants full control, puppets on a string style, Nkate handling the general public side and he is pressuring Lynley to work closely with a respected profiler and a in your face reporter. Thomas Lynley is at odds with these orders and the friction between them quickly builds. Where there is friction Barbara Havers' name always surfaces. She is still under scrutiny since her demotion but once more her style of working against the grain will bring success to the case.

    Meanwhile on another thread, on Lynley's home front a tragedy awaits that will alter his life for ever...

    Although overall the storyline moves at a slow pace I was immediately engaged in this drama that is far darker, more sombre and definitely more tragic than any of the previous endeavours in Lynley's career. I can't wait to see what happens next, my library is a little behind in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love this series!

    I have to admit, I was looking for this book in the library a few years ago, but actually found the book following this one "What Came Before He Shot Her" and realised what the shocker in the book "With No One As Witness" turned out to be. I was so upset and devastated by this development, that I could not read the book until just recently. Knowing what would happen, I still appreciated the book for the complex and detailed descriptions of London and the characters. Definitely cried at the end and I am now determined to catch up with the series. Not everyone will be as devastated as me, so I encourage you to read, read, read this book and be awed by the literary genius of Elizabeth George.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    George is back in form.

    I have read all of Ms. George's books and thoroughly enjoyed all of them except the one previous to 'With No One as Witness'. I know that many of her long time readers are upset with the dark tone, explicit detail, and tragic ending of this novel, but I thought it was all brilliantly executed and, thankfully, a true expression of the real world. Her novels are intricit puzzles interlaced with an accurate sensitivity and understanding of the real landscape of our society: the grinding poverty and alienation of many immigrants, the frustrations and at times near uselessness of many social welfare programs, and the carefully cultivated limited vision of the people who live in the 'good neighborhoods'. By the way, I hated McEwan's 'Atonement' - way too mannered and repetitive, but in novella form it might have worked. Absolutely no real story except at the beginning, a small middle section 'the war' and at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    If you love the Lynley series please read

    I have read all of the Lynley Mysteries. Although the reviews for this book are not as good as the others this is still a must read if you love the storyline. I appreciated the development of new characters giving the series a refreshing breeze. I look forward to more!

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    A fabulous writer. One of my top five authors.

    Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors. I am never disappointed. Actually, I have become addicted to Inspector Lynley and the ensemble of characters and can't wait to read and finish. I cried when Helen died. I am building my E. George library...a series I will probably read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    With No One as Witness - A Disappointment

    I have read most 'maybe all' of Ms. George's Lynley mysteries and I was extremely disappointed in this one. Movement is slow because of extraneous information. A good editing of the novel was in order. But the most disappointing of all was her brutal killing of Helen Lynley which had nothing to do with the case Lynley was investigating and was a brutal inclusion. That, aong with Lynley's interminable conflict with Webberly, apprears as an attempt to make Lunley into an Adam Dalgliesh-type character in future novels, if there are any future Lynley novels. I probably will not reading any future books by Ms. George's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    IF you see the book in bookstore, buy that book! THAT'S WONDERFUL

    The book is impressive. When i open the book, i never closed the book until the ending. It kept my eyes open wide all night. You should enjoy that book because elizabeth really can capture your attention and she can write really GOOD!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Couldn't stop reading

    Please!!!!! I don't care if some facts are slightly off, the fact remains that Elizabeth Georges is the best author I've read so far. Such great character development. We tend to be overly critical with each new book, but if this were an unknown author's first book, this book would definately be acclaimed by all. It's her decision to eliminate a character we're very attached to. She's got something up her sleeve, let's wait and see. Surely not Lynley and Havers, but who knows what to expect. I'm really looking forward to reading her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Agian, Another Great Book

    Once again George comes up with a masterpiece. This is the third book in a row I have read of hers and she continues to amaze me. I cannot wait to read what she comes up with to continue on with the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    Depressing and tired

    Writing a successful mystery series novel demands a rare blend of creativity and artistic steadfastness. It¿s possible to be an excellent writer and yet not be able to consistently deliver a fresh and compelling yet familiar universe. Sue Grafton, Dorothy Sayers and PD James have that ability. Elizabeth George, sadly, does not. George¿s first seven novels in the Inspector Lynley series were a dazzling marriage of clever whodunits, lyrical descriptions of atmosphere, and rich psychological portraits of characters that readers came to love passionately. But as the series has gone on, George¿s books became longer, more elaborate, and more of a literary experiment than a good mystery story. After reading A Traitor to Memory, where much of the book is eaten up by a complicated and barely relevant subplot told from the viewpoint of a male violinist, I began to wonder whether she had the stamina to sustain a long-running series. After reading With No One As Witness, I¿ve concluded that she¿s not. Unlike PD James, she seems unable to steer her characters through a long lifetime. She has not devised a plot evolution that would blast Simon and Deborah out of the rut of their failed pregnancies and as a result their story has become boring over the last three novels. She has fallen into the trap of creating the same characters over and over again: in Witness, her description of the budding relationship between Winston and Yasmin is so similar to the description of Tommy and Helen¿s courtship that it provokes a groan of ¿oh, no, not again!¿ Writing a series requires some steadfastness of artistic vision ¿ if your series is a mystery, you must be able to continue writing in that genre and resist the temptation to morph it into science fiction or hard-core thriller. PD James has understood that boring but powerful rule George has not. In Witness, she goes for a new genre, part mystery and part thriller, and ends up with a confusing hybrid that doesn¿t satisfy on any count. In other recent books, George has experimented, unhappily, with stream of consciousness or with eccentric points of view. These efforts reek of an author bored with her creation, and leave her loyal readers wondering when, if ever, they¿ll see another ¿classic¿ George mystery. And readers are losing patience: each book sells less well than the previous one, and Witness¿s sojourn on the bestseller lists was uncommonly short for a book so long awaited. The series novelist must have the ability to live with her characters for a long time. Agatha Christie put up with Hercule Poirot for¿.40 years? PD James is still going strong with Adam Dalgleish after nearly 30. Yet barely 15 years after introducing Helen Clyde, Ms. George kills her off, and in a manner so implausible that it caused ¿ in me, at least ¿ just about the worst reaction a writer can engender in a reader: instead of wholeheartedly entering the world of the story, I pulled back and found myself wondering what on earth is wrong with Elizabeth George. Many critics of Witness have -- rightly I think -- characterized the series as ¿tired.¿ The book feels as if Elizabeth George is tired of the series, tired of her characters, tired of the constraints of being a mystery writer. Tired, even, of the tedium of good workmanship. Witness includes a number of egregious factual errors about her characters that are surprising to long-time series followers. Surely she has achieved a level of financial success that would enable her to hire a fact checking assistant, or perhaps even re-read her manuscripts herself? Boredom, fatigue, creative well run dry -- whatever the reason, Ms. George should take a looooong vacation before pushing out another book in the Lynley series.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    What, Ms. George???....six corpses in one novel aren't enough? Y

    What, Ms. George???....six corpses in one novel aren't enough? You have to add Lady Helen for good measure???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Highly recommended - could not put it down!

    An edge of your seat tale, quite horrifying in subject matter and totally gripping. Such anguish for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    I didn't want Helen to die

    Such a loveable character, especially her uncomfortable shoes. Her life so separate from the poor, so distant from the drug infested neighborhoods. I found stories built in her world intriguing. This story and the next are in the struggling world. One reads mystery [at least I do] to pass time, to disconnect from the here and now. Yet this book will not let you do that. I'd say this is a dark story, the follow on darker. But very well put together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Excellent book. I plan on reading the rest of the series

    Excellent book. I plan on reading the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Haven't received or read it yet!

    I ordered this book on line several weeks ago and haven't received it yet. Please let me know when I can expect its arrival. I'll be glad to give you a review when I've read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Not up to the standard of other Inspector Lynley books

    I've long been a fan of the Inspector Lynley series, but Elizabeth George takes a nasty turn in this book, invoking serial killings of young boys and bodily mutilation. The solving of the crime and the interaction of Lynley and Havers made for suspenseful reading in other books in the series, but this story veers unnecessarily into gruesome events that marred the enjoyment of the book for me. Try some of the earlier and later books in this series instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    Too Long and Meandering

    I skimmed pages too. It just moved too slowly and didn't seem like one of the great novels Ms. George has written in the past. A little too graphic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    A writer with style

    I have appreciated this author for years. Along with PD James and very few others, she is at the top of her game in this one. Not only does she have a writing style that's almost poetry but she has reached the top of the mystery genre with a unique talent. This is one of her best yet.

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