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Elizabeth George
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Bantam Books, 2004; First Edition edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553582372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582376
  • ASIN: B0073FYLTG
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,842,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen 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.

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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing September 18, 2003
I think it says it all when a reader whose favourite author is Elizabeth George can't finish this book. That's me. I have been really trying to go past half-way, where it was, actually, a struggle to get, for a couple of weeks and gave up. No need to analyse the reasons - just the fact that I had been amazed by most of her earlier novels (especially captivated by Deception in his Mind), put her up in my Favourite author box but couldn't read this one is enough. It could be the lack of Helen and Lynley and Barbara, it could be the setting that was depressing, it could be the length, but mostly, it was just boring. The characters were boring, not shallow nor undeveloped. They were simply not interesting. I just didn't care to find out why and how that person died. It's really such a pity, because Ms. George can do so much with her characters and has such a lovely style of writing. I don't know what happened here, but I'm so disappointed.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing 2 1/2 star read August 2, 2003
By tregatt
I have to confess I was rather disappointed with "A Place of Hiding." Perhaps it was because Barbara Havers (my favourite character in the series that Elizabeth George has created) did not make even one appearance in this installment; or perhaps it was because the novel seem to completely lack any kind of suspense (esp in comparison to Ms George's first Lynely/Havers outing, "A Great Deliverance" -- a truly superb mystery novel, that); or because it took forever for the novel to unwind and move forward. For whatever reason, "A Place of Hiding" just did not live up to my expectations.
When an old friend (Cherokee Rivers) from Deborah St. James's past turns up at the St. James' doorstep begging for help, Deborah (and Simon, her husband and a forensic scientist) can hardly turn the poor man away. It turns out that Cherokee's sister, China, has been accused of murdering Guy Brouard on an isolated beach at Guersey (an island in the English Channel). Deborah is sure that her old friend is incapable of murder and is all for rushing off to prove her friend's innocence. But Simon is not so sure about the Rivers siblings, or about just what he and Deborah can really accomplish. And when it turns out that there are actually witnesses who saw China following Guy that fateful morning, both Simon and Deborah realize that its not going to be all that easy a task proving China's innocence. Finding a motive for this seemingly motiveless murder would be the first obvious step. And when the St.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's Havers? September 23, 2003
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I was terribly disappointed in this book and that's bad because I didn't like the last one as much as I'd hoped either. I'm beginning to question my devotion to the inhabitants of George's imaginary London world.
Perhaps I'm in a literary rut but I like to read about the clever and dashing Tommy Lynley and the realistically complex Barbara Havers. I like the other constables (Webberly, et al) and I enjoy St. James' contributions to the plot twists, too, but I should have known that a book with the whiny and self-absorbed Deborah as protagonist would not satisfy me.
I find that George's upper class female characters are not as inherently interesting as the grittier, working-class Havers. Their lives, so privileged and easy, so lacking in actual achievement, seem petty when compared to Havers' struggle to define herself as a woman professional in a man's field, while still clutching tightly to the traditional woman's role, namely caring for her elderly and infirm parents. I admire and enjoy the raw honesty of Havers' internal struggles as she makes her choice every day about how much time and energy she can afford to devote to two competing, nearly opposite, responsibilities. Additionally, I love her fierce devotion to her values and principals, her strength of character in the face of adversity, and her tightly constricted, yet aching to burst, heart. She's probably among my favorite contemporary female characters and deserves another story of her own. Next to her, many other women pale to beige.
Deborah is one of these. As a peripheral character, Deborah is fine, adding a pretty atmosphere and sexual tension to the loving, yet tortured, relationship between Simon and Tommy, but I cannot identify with her self-obsessed whinging.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simon and Deborah play detective September 4, 2003
A change from her previous novels, Elizabeth George brings two of her secondary characters, Simon and Deborah St. James, into the forefront. Thomas Lynley and Lady Helen make a brief appearance in the beginning of the novel. Barbara Havers does not appear at all.
The setting for Elizabeth George's newest novel is the English Channel island of Guernsey. Americans, Cherokee River and his sister China, act as courier's of a set of architectural plans to be transported to Guernsey per the request of businessman Guy Brouard. Guy is building a museum to honor Guernseymen who resisted Nazi occupation. Shortly after the Rivers' arrival in Guernsey, Guy is found murdered. China is arrested. One rainy night Deborah St. James opens her front door and there is River requesting her help. Deborah was China's roommate for her soul-searching three-year stay in California. Deborah feels a debt toward China and enlists her unwilling husband, Simon St. James, to aid the quest for the truth. What ensues is richly complex, multi-layered psychological drama. Sometimes it is too complex and too mult-layered.
There were a couple of problems with the book. There are an excessive number of characters. Some are simply not needed. The book was over 500 pages and it tended to ramble on quite a bit in the middle, which it a lumbering pace. The plot relied a little too heavily on misdirection that made certain elements confusing. It's still a pretty good book, but if you are Elizabeth George fan don't expect this to be one of her best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best.
I found this book to be not one of EG's best efforts. The plot was too improbable to be acceptable. And kept on taking twists which became somewhat tedious. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by murram
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this mystery it was really well thought out i ...
I really liked this mystery it was really well thought out i could not guess the killer at all yea to Elizabeth George well done
Published 5 days ago by Jan Wheeler
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Where was Lynley and Havers, Debra, the weakest character in the series leads this book! Please Elizabeth, no more.
Published 10 days ago by Virginia Pagano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all Inspector Lynley Mysteries, books and movies
Published 19 days ago by Jola, IL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This author is so great! She is always well prepared on any plot that she wants to pursue. This story had so many facets to somehow reenact with each that the reader is at all... Read more
Published 25 days ago by June Rodegerdts
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Unexpected turns with this book. Had a hard time putting it down, just wanted to know what happened next!
Published 28 days ago by Kathleen McCann
2.0 out of 5 stars I threw the entire collection in the trash! Rate these "R"!
Too graphic and sexually explicit. Should be rated R. I threw away my entire collection. I loved the stories but won't waste my mind on trashy content. Ms. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colleen B. Reep
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Elizabeth George's ability to get "inside" her characters is amazing. Always suspenseful and full of human drama.
Published 1 month ago by Colleen J Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding in Plain Sight
A little different for Elizabeth George - but quite absorbing. Once again, a tale from a master!
Published 1 month ago by Carol S Meade
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thumping good read.
Published 1 month ago by Niamh
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