Believing the Lie: A Lynley Novel Hardcover – Jan 10 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.
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Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen suspense novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.
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Like the dead of long ago." -- Lamentations 3:6 (NKJV)
Nothing pleases me more than to sit down with a long engrossing tale and to be drawn fully into a different world, gaining many insights from the experience . . . and feeling transformed at the end.
Having been a fan of the Thomas Lynley novels for some time, I settled in with this book and waited for the magic to arrive.
It was a long wait. In the last hundred pages, the book began to take on a more interesting character . . . or I would have rated it at one star.
This book needs a strong editor to whack it down to size to fit the story's potential. Without that, you'll spend a lot of time following matters that won't interest you very much and may even make you feel not as good as when you picked up the book.
Unless you feel compelled to read every word that Elizabeth George writes, I suggest you skip this book. The next one has to be better.
So what's it all about? The book's core concerns the death of Ian Cresswell, who had recently left his wife to live with his male lover. Sir David Hillier "loans" Lynley to a casual acquaintance, Bernard Fairclough, to look into the death in an unofficial way. Thomas asks Simon and Deborah St. James to join him in the sleuthing, and he makes occasional calls on Barbara Havers for research help. It's all a bit awkward because Thomas cannot tell his "guv" and lover, Isabelle Ardley, where he is or what he is doing . . . and Barbara Havers is under her authority.
The book has multiple narrators: the deceased; Lynley; Deborah; Barbara; Cresswell's son Tim; a Fairclough daughter; a Fairclough daughter-in-law; and Zed Benjamin, a tabloid reporter.Read more ›
So George has finally beaten me. One less fan. From reviews I have read on amazon and other sites, I am not alone. I wish I had waited for the paperback. It's very heavy in hardcover - making it difficult to toss out the window.
Most recent customer reviews
A grest mystery and easy read. My first of her books and will read more.Published 7 days ago by valery
This is the usual convoluted mystery characteristic of Elizabeth George where contrasting personalities highlighted with a scattering of humour keep you unable to put the book... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lorraine Toma-Jones
I am a big fan of the Inspector Lynley series and this one was a pleasure to read while on a vacation trip to North West England. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Margaret sanders
I usually like this author and the Inspector Lynley novels but I found this one not up to Ms George's usual standard. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gloryfid
I enjoy the Lynley series and this didn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next book and the developing story with BarbaraPublished on Dec 27 2013 by kbruynzeel
Not good at all. Six hundred and eight pages to basically say nothing. Like other reviewers, I have loved Inspector Lynley mysteries and especially the character of Barbara... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2013 by caseygirl
I am an Elizabeth George fan from the start and I was eager to get into this book. On the whole it was ok, but not up to her usual standards. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Louise
The early Lynley novels were a good read, good plots and exciting. However, the later ones, in general, have become long, boring and too full of sexual themes which add nothing to... Read morePublished on May 24 2013 by Brian Tupper
I'm a newcomer to Inspector Lynley novels, this being the third one that I have read. But I'm hooked. I've already put in an advance order for the next book. Read morePublished on May 19 2013 by Okanagan Bob