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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553801309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553801309
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,656,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Larocque on Aug. 27 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read every one of George's novels and this one ranks with the best. Well developed characters, all with motive to kill. Though the book is lengthy, it by no means drags on. Ms. George writes with style and clarity and distinguishes herself from your run of the mill murder mystery writers where violence is the underlying theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31 2004
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Elizabeth George has written a taut mystery with rich, fully delineated characters. She is never afraid to explore the darker side of human relationships nor is she reticent about further examining the relationships of her established characters. In PLACE OF HIDING, we get a deeper look into the marriage of Deborah and Simon St. James. As always, George writes richly textured prose filled with beautifully descriptive passages and complex characters. I have yet to be disappointed by any of her novels and look forward to her next book with great anticipation.
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Another very interesting, well developed story. I enjoyed this book - another of the many great stories written by Elizabeth George.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crazyforgems on Aug. 6 2003
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth George delivers another wonderful edition of her British mystery series.
This time, two characters-Simon Allcourt-James and his red haired, moody wife Deborah-who have always been supporting players, take center stage. The book pays tribute to George's many strengths in character development-any of the characters that she has written about over the years could easily become the focus of a book.
The plot: Cherokee River,a California friend from Deborah's past, shows up on the doorstep of the Allcourt-James' in London. His half-sister, China River (there mother was a child of the 60's), has been arrested in Guernsey on charges of murder. He enlists the help of the Allcourt-James' and their promise to travel to Guernsey.
The murder victim is Guy Brouard, a wealthy hotelier, who escaped the Nazis as a child. He lived with his sister Ruth in a mansion on Guernsey. His life was--and the book is--filled with an assortment of wives, mistresses, children, hangers-on, local friends. Plenty of evidence points to China: however, she is the only one who has no motive.
George's book explores human relationships and dynamics in a way unknown to most mystery authors. The passionate yet challenging marriage of Simon and Deborah--with her numerous insecurities (she can't bear children due to an abortion, her father is his servant)and his embarassment over his crippled legs--is explored in depth. The loyalty that Ruth, the murder victim's sister, feels to her brother-despite her knowledge of his weaknesses--is woven masterfully throughout the book. Several other family relationships are also presented and worked through in the pages.
Of course the mystery itself is great: plenty of twists and turns, a Nazi or two from the past, lots of atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sibley on Oct. 2 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mystery stories derive fuel from resentment and other forms of insecurity. The setting is Guernsey. Guy Bouchard chokes to death on the sort of stone islanders use to ward off evil. A friend of Deborah St. James is charged with the murder. An assorted group of people is involved evidencing difficult relationships with the deceased. Still, he was a rich man and played the role of a sort of Santa Claus in Guernsey. He was not the sort to have enemies.
His sister, who had been something of a lifelong companion, is dying of cancer and has considerable pain. In fact, the dead man was swimming the morning of his death in order to help alleviate his anxiety over her condition. It would be hard to find the person who wished him ill. It would be hard to find a motive.
The island had been occupied by the Germans in World War II. A great deal of Nazi memorabilia has been discovered and there is a plan to create a museum for it. The decedent, though, made no provision for this in his will. His will is very surprising to everyone, his sister included. Something strange had been going on and his sister isn't sure what it is. She explains the Norman customary law to Simon St. James to explain the Guernsey laws of inheritance. The deceased had circumvented these.
Things are not what they seem. A son has to face the fact that his heroic-seeming father was a collaborator. The supposed plans for a museum are unsigned and are stock plans for a spa. The estate is missing a lot of the expected funds.
It turns out a sibling is untrustworthy and this suffices to set up everything else in this picture of misunderstandings. The plotting is wonderful. Elizabeth George is the best mystery writer. It is to be regretted that Inspector Lynley and some of the other regular characters play hardly any role in this adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 25 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought and read A Place of Hiding before reading the reviews posted here and as a result of reading these reviews, I felt compelled to add my 2 cents. I love the quality, complexity and style of George's writing and I was in no way disappointed with her latest novel. On the contrary, I found it an excellent read from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I'm not sure why others have been so critical of this latest - I personally think that her writing matures and improves with every novel and I personally found this latest to be no exception. I have ranked this book a 5 and recommend it highly.
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