The reigning queen of the British mystery, it turns out, is an Ohio native living in Washington State. Best known for her Inspector Lynley series, Elizabeth George says that what drives her books is the psychological goings-on of her characters. She doesn't even mind, she says, if readers figure out the killer before the end -- the motive will always be a surprise.
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Date of Birth:
February 26, 1949
Place of Birth:
A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University
Anthony and Agatha Awards for Best First Novel for A Great Deliverance, 1989
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|The Best Book to Read First|
|A Great Deliverance|
A grim, grisly tale of family murder and hidden motives, this is the novel that introduces sleuths Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers to readers -- and each other.
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|George credits John Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel -- which he kept while writing the classic East of Eden -- as key to developing her writing process. As she told London’s Guardian Unlimited in 2000, "I really liked the idea of creating a journal myself…. It's like the way I clear my throat. I write a page every day, maybe 500 words. It could be about something I'm specifically worried about in the new novel; it could be a question I want answered; it could be something that's going on in my personal life. I just use it as an exercise." |
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