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Starred Review. At the start of bestseller George's stellar new suspense novel, the grieving Thomas Lynley, a Scotland Yard detective who left the force after the murder of his pregnant wife, Helen, in With No One as Witness (2005), is filling his days with a long trek in his native Cornwall.Â During his ramble, Lynley stumbles on the body of teenager Santo Kerne, who apparently fell from a cliff onto some rocks, though it soon becomes evident that someone tampered with Kerne's climbing gear.Â As the first on the scene, Lynley himself comes under suspicion, despite his lack of history with the victim, by the investigating officer, the capable but crusty Det. Insp. Bea Hannaford. Lynley fittingly plays a secondary role in the homicide inquiry as he continues to struggle to find a reason for living after his devastating loss.Â The plausible resolution of the crime leaves enough ambiguity to satisfy readers who prefer psychologically sophisticated plots and motivations. 10-city author tour. (May)
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You can’t keep a good detective down. George has put longtime series hero Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard through quite a bit lately: in her last novel, With No One as Witness (2005), Lynley’s much-loved wife was shot to death on the street, reducing him to a grief-stricken shell and leading to his resignation from the Yard. How to resurrect him? George uses a pretty klunky (but familiar to all mystery fans) deus ex machina device. Lynley has embarked on a walk along the coastal path in Cornwall; his rationale is that if he doesn’t keep moving, despair will overtake him. Sure enough, on day 43 of his walk, he spots, far below, what seems to his trained eye to be the vivid red and crumpled shape of a man who has plunged to his death. The machine creaks into place, with Lynley (whose walk has made him appear like a homeless man) being treated as a suspect, then with grudging respect from the local, bumbling constabulary, and finally as someone his old associate Barbara Havers of New Scotland Yard seeks to restore to his post. Despite the obvious restoration device, George delivers, once again, a mystery imbued with psychological suspense and in-depth characterization. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
A welcome return to vintage George after What Came Before He Shot herPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
The characterizations and sense of place are superb. The ending is a tad unsatisfying but necessary because of the plot.Published 13 days ago by Ruth Book
Completely implausible plot. And Lynley's character is becoming less convincing with each book.Published 29 days ago by Georgia 56
Elizabethy never lets her fans down! O love how we learn about didferant parts of Enfland while being caught up in a mystery that onlt Thomas with the assistance from Barbara... Read morePublished 29 days ago by marvin
Fat paced. Lots of twists and turns and sidetrips. I love the entire series and am looking forward to the next one.Published 1 month ago by Daniel M. Siegel
I loved Inspector Lynley novels. I found his relationship with Barbara Havers plausible without any overdone romance. The Helen& Tommy marriage was natural. Read morePublished 1 month ago by beach shopper
love elizabeth george. very well written. it was easier to figure out the mystery than her books normally are. no the less if you are a george, you'll enjoy it.Published 2 months ago by Debra Thompson
This book needed editing. The plot was excellent but very, very slow moving. There was too much emphasis on each character's angst to the point where this became tedious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Librarian