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Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley Mystery, Book 15) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is sad to see a series that began with so much promise be stretched beyond the author's ability to sustain it.
In this attempt we find the Inspector, trying to walk off his grief along the Cornwell coast, drawn by chance into the murder of a young man. The usual cast of odd characters, several with high libidos and murky pasts seem to snap him out of his doldrums as friends, family, and strength of character have not been able to. We are treated to more than we ever wished to know about surfing and even Barbara Havers seems uncomfortable in the role she is called upon to play.
I have been reading the Lyndley series in order, (purchased thru Amazon.com) after coming across and enjoying the second book - Payment in Blood. After six 5-star stories, however, the author seemed to rely more and more on excessive sex, perversion, and profanity and less on the crafting of a good mystery story. I found the earlier books difficult to put down; most of the later ones difficult to pick up.
The story line is weakened due to all of the above. I'm disappointed to say the least.
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