Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley Series #9)

Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley Series #9)

by Elizabeth George
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Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley Series #9) by Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre . . . the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published. -- Entertainment Weekly

Balford-le-Nez is a dying seacoast town on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community is found dead, the sleepy town ignites. Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers arranges to have herself assigned to the investigation, but this time, she'll have to solve the crime without her longtime partner Detective Inspector Lynley. Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but the terrible price people pay when they deceive others -- and themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786211449
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 11/28/1997
Series: Inspector Lynley Series , #9
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 1021
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.73(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth George’s first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honored with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel Awards and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Her third novel, Well-Schooled in Murder, was awarded the prestigious German prize for suspense fiction, the MIMI. A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, Deception on His Mind, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, A Traitor to Memory, and I, Richard were international bestsellers. Elizabeth George divides her time between Huntington Beach, California, and London. Her novels are currently being dramatized by the BBC.

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

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Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley Series #9) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read everything by E. George and I adore her. In this book, she has outdone herself. A rich tale, daring, abundant in unforgettable characters.
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Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book 9 in the Inspector Lynley series Elizabeth George plunges us once again into a gripping and twisted "Whodunit" plot based in Balford-le-Nez, a dying fictional sea town on the coast of Essex. True to her style, this book in the series is beautifully written, the plot well-crafted and the characterization excellent. This is a complicated mystery which may be a tad too long and a bit slow-moving at times but one that will not fail to draw you into the story immediate. You will be caught up in the web of suspense and deception till the end. Finally Inspector Lynley and Helen have tied the knot and are on their honeymoon and Barbara Havers has been granted an extension on her convalescence, her plans where to spend a little time in Balford-le-Nez. . Balford-le-Nez has a growing Asian community and when a member is found dead near its beach, his neck broken...The normally sleepy town ignites...Hearing of this Barbara can't help but get involved and quickly becomes a prominent figure in the murder investigation of this recent immigrant from Pakistan. The case has a personal side; her landlord Taymullah Azhar and his daughter Hadiyyah have connections to the dead man. In typical fashion the writer has the murder investigation as the focal point while exploring the hardships new immigrants face in a country foreign to them. With Lynley out of the picture, Barbara must use her own sound investigative skills and leave no stones unturned. People are quick to tag this murder as a racially motivated crime. What really happened and for what reason? This book is an absorbing read, however, some important threads are left dangling leaving questions as to the outcome of some events and the fate of some characters....maybe the answers are in a future sequel....
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Though I missed some of the other regular characters who inhabit these stories, I enjoyed spending the time with Havers. Her loyalty to her young friend, Hadiyyah, and her father, Azhar, are central to the story. They are good friends and good people. Her belief that she needed to protect them is what brought her to the sea side in Balford-le-Nez, Essex and is in keeping with her character. She is loyal to her friends. Balanced against this is her admiration and respect for DCI Emily Barlow. Professionally, Barlow is everything Havers wants to be - smart, successful and in charge. As it turns out Barlow cannot see past her racial prejudice which negatively impacts her handling of the case which is the murder of an immigrant from Pakistan. The backdrop to this story is the interaction within the Pakistani community in Balford-le-Nez, between the Pakistanis and the local English parts of the community, and between the Pakistani community and the police. The development of the supporting story lines and characters bring depth to the story. There is prejudice in the white community, the police and the Pakistani community. It makes for a more believable story that no side is spared exposure of its prejudices. Balanced against this are those members of both communities and the police who show friendship and compassion without being idealized. The fact that Havers enjoyed tweaking the prejudices of the hotel manager was a small but enjoyable element. Havers has to work hard throughout the story to balance both sides and to lead DCI Barlow in the right direction. It is through her efforts that the case gets resolved. She saves Hadiyyah's life but a criminal (though not the murderer) escapes as a result. Unfortunately, this was done at some cost for Havers. In order to do so, Havers had to refuse DCI Barlow's orders and physically threaten her because Barlow was willing to let Hadiyyah "a Paki brat" drown in order to arrest her man. She makes an enemy of Barlow who brings her up on charges but proves herself to be the better detective and a true friend to Hadiyyah and Azhar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I plowed through this with my boots on. By the middle of the book it was interesting but not an easy read. That would have been ok, except by the time I waded through 600+ pages, I find she just zips up the book. There should have been even more pages! After all this, we are left with unanswered questions. If there is a sequel, I won't bother.