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- Print Length: 434 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2007
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000W93CUO
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Publication date: September 4, 2007
A horrible torture/murder of a 13 year old boy can not help but be an emotional strain on Inspector Lynley and Sgt. Havers. In addition to the mystery and its solution, Ms George writes movingly and believably of the effect the murder has on the boy's family and others who knew him. She also writes of the personal problems which affect Lynley and Havers while they struggle to identify the vicious killer and collect evidence for an arrest.
Two complaints from other reviewers struck me. One complains of unnecessary extraneous matter. If you read mysteries solely for the puzzle it's possible that you would agree. Another complains of equating pedophilia with homosexuality. The victim has been brutally tortured before death and there is nothing to indicate that the torture was an interrogation of a 13 YOA boy. Women rarely commit such crimes. Unless one expects Ms George to change the sex of the victim to avoid the subject of homosexuality it is logical that the killer be a homosexual. Is it now politically incorrect for the villain of a piece to be homosexual? The characterization in this novel has nothing to do with bias and everything thing to do with reality. If you can not deal with that, then by all means avoid this book and stick to politically correct pap..
One of the most well written and best researched novels which I have read in a long while. Elizabeth George deserves her reputation as one of the leading authors of British mysteries.
Being an earlier work (#3), makes little difference in Ms. George’s intricate writing. Her very unlikely British police team of Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers are worlds apart in lifestyle and society; yet they blend beautifully.
In this novel we have a 13 year old boy at a boarding school brutally murdered. The novel unravels in all directions on its way to having the mystery solved. There are quite a number of suspect characters involved in the story; none are very likeable. Anytime the reader thinks the plot is solved, Ms. George takes us in a new direction.
There are numerous twists and unexpected happenings as she brings the reader to a conclusion. The end is quite unexpected as the author wraps the story very well; adding a very good human touch.
There are parts of the book which have a tendency to bog down, before picking the pace back up. I found that a bit tedious. Tedium also affects the reader in the recurring character of Deborah St. James. I see where some others would rather see far less of her. I need to agree. Her character becomes much the whining cow. My preference would be to have her written out of the series.
If you like very intricate, well written plots, this author fits the bill well.