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Believing The Lie (An Inspector Lynley Novel) Hardcover – Large Print, February 1, 2012

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A cool, clever book that needs concentration and a sharp brain to unravel Sunday Express A fascinating read Woman Presses all the buttons to make us hoover her stuff up Daily Telegraph She's a designer of fastidious mosaics that never fail to intrigue Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. She won the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere in France. In 1990 she was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI. Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as a New York Times and international bestselling author, Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. Visit Elizabeth's website at --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: An Inspector Lynley Novel
  • Hardcover: 954 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410445151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410445155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,927,247 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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338 of 355 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth George, in "Believing the Lie," examines how base emotions--greed, jealously, vengefulness, and lust, to name a few--destroy relationships and lives. The story focuses on the dysfunctional Faircloughs, whose patriarch, Bernard, married a wealthy woman and has run a successful family business for years. When a member of the clan dies in an apparent accident, Bernard calls in a favor. At his behest, Assistant Commissioner Sir David Hillier dispatches Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard to Cumbria to discreetly look into the matter. With the help of his old friends, forensic specialist Simon St. James and Simon's wife, Deborah, Tommy tries to determine if someone had the motive, means, and opportunity to orchestrate the victim's death.

"Believing the Lie" is a lengthy, complex, and melodramatic tale that picks up some of the threads left dangling in the previous installment. Tommy, a grieving widower, uncharacteristically throws himself into an imprudent love affair. Deborah and Simon are despondent over her inability to bear a child. In addition, the self-deprecating, lonely, and good-hearted DS Barbara Havers is once again involved in the ups and downs of her neighbor, Taymullah Azhar, his partner, Angelina Upman, and their adorable daughter, Hadiyyah. Tommy, Deborah, Simon, and Barbara join forces to uncover the secrets of the Fairclough clan. Unfortunately, their efforts may ultimately do more harm than good.

The author has created a large and juicy cast. Among them are: Bernard's squabbling adult children; an ambitious but inept reporter; a monstrous mother; a gorgeous but reticent Argentinean woman; and an impulsive fourteen-year-old boy who soothes his emotional pain by injuring himself and behaving recklessly.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By lilian on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It seems to me that the most repellant characters (I include Deborah in that group) just wander around here and there, wrecking other people's lives and never suffering much in the way of consequences--not even much of a dent to their self-satisfied little conscience. Whereas, the most likable characters (I include Barbara in this group) accumulate nothing but disaster, sorrow, and punishment. I know this is a work of fiction and perhaps the unrelenting campaign against Barbara, works to provide tension (will Charlie Brown EVER get to kick that football?) but for me, it makes reading these books increasingly dissatisfying. How many times is it possible to involve yourself in these characters, only to have things turn out this way? Even in real life, villains sometimes get their due and heroes sometimes catch a break. Lynley is not very likable in this book either--using others for dubious ends and putting them in the way of risk. Was he always so wimpy? I understand the heart has been cut out of him by Helen's death and I'm not suggesting he just "get over it". But I think it's time the stories moved beyond this.

The premise underlying the plot was so ridiculous, it made the investment in reading it feel like a big cheat. The pretext to involve Scotland Yard in this investigation and the motive for it, are insulting to any reader--even one who is willing to be co-operative in suspending judgment for the sake of a story.

I suppose I just disappointed. I enjoyed Elizabeth George's earlier books so much, that when I read something like this, I feel let down. The characters are not developing, they're wallowing. The story has so many threads.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A. Adams on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I agree with other readers that the series is somewhat in decline, but I still enjoy the masterful writing skills employed by Elizabeth George. "Believing The Lie" is really more an exploration of the various ways that people deceive both themselves and others (and how that deceit comes back to haunt them) than it is a traditional mystery. If you are looking for a fast-paced whodunit and if you are not already familiar with the characters in the Lynley series than you probably won't like this book. If you enjoy George's writing style and her ability to spin a solid and engrossing tale, "Believing The Lie" delivers. I will continue to read Elizabeth George and she ends the book with a twist that will intrigue devoted fans of the series.
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271 of 294 people found the following review helpful By EJ on January 30, 2012
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If you don't have time to read this review, let me distill it down to four words: Don't Buy This Book.

With that said, I will cut right to the chase: this was the most boring book I've ever read. I was disappointed each night that I had to power up my Kindle and read it due to my stupid rule, which today I rue, that I will finish any book that I start. Yes, I realize this sounds kind of mean, but it's true, and I don't want it to happen to you.

I'm a George fan, always have been. But the wheels have come off for this series, with characters I barely recognize and who no longer seem to have redeeming characteristics. I'll admit that I remained optimistic after her last book, though it was only mediocre. But this book is the second strike. We have Lynley, who now lacks any judgment at all in his personal and professional affairs. He comes off in this book as utterly clueless and fairly unlikeable. Deborah is now so self-absorbed that she is nearly intolerable, while Simon putters around doing everyone's bidding. The rationalizations of these characters for their behavior in this book is laughable. You will wish to slap each and every one of them. So, while the characters are stinking up the joint, can the plot save them? Not in this book, baby. There *is* no plot, and I do not exaggerate. There is nothing...nothing at all going on in this book. You will read it and wish you had some drying paint to watch.

The thing that annoyed me the most about the book was that the only pages worth reading are the last ten. There, George casts a nearly irresistable hook into the water. Will I buy the next one because of it? I'm the forgiving kind, so I'll bet I will. But if that's the third strike, George is out.
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