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  • Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Oct. 6 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553575090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553575095
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 9.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 11 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book 9 in the Inspector Lynley series

Elizabeth George plunges us once again into a gripping and twisted "Whodunit" plot based in Balford-le-Nez, a dying fictional sea town on the coast of Essex. True to her style, this book in the series is beautifully written, the plot well-crafted and the characterization excellent. This is a complicated mystery which may be a tad too long and a bit slow-moving at times but one that will not fail to draw you into the story immediate. You will be caught up in the web of suspense and deception till the end.

Finally Inspector Lynley and Helen have tied the knot and are on their honeymoon and Barbara Havers has been granted an extension on her convalescence, her plans where to spend a little time in Balford-le-Nez.
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Balford-le-Nez has a growing Asian community and when a member is found dead near its beach, his neck broken...The normally sleepy town ignites...Hearing of this Barbara can't help but get involved and quickly becomes a prominent figure in the murder investigation of this recent immigrant from Pakistan. The case has a personal side; her landlord Taymullah Azhar and his daughter Hadiyyah have connections to the dead man.

In typical fashion the writer has the murder investigation as the focal point while exploring the hardships new immigrants face in a country foreign to them. With Lynley out of the picture, Barbara must use her own sound investigative skills and leave no stones unturned. People are quick to tag this murder as a racially motivated crime. What really happened and for what reason?

This book is an absorbing read, however, some important threads are left dangling leaving questions as to the outcome of some events and the fate of some characters....maybe the answers are in a future sequel....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura James on Dec 3 2001
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In case you are still in doubt about whether to buy this book, consider this - Stephen King wrote a book about his craft called On Writing. At the end of the book, he lists a number of authors whose books were particularly well written and entertaining. This book by Elizabeth George was on the list.
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I really enjoyed this book because I have always wanted to see more of the Havers character and this book is entirely devoted to her. Her neighbor, Azhar, and his daughter go to a seaside town in Essex to help out some family members. Barbara, being on medical vacation from the beating she received at the end of the last book, goes there to help out, thinking that Azhar will be out of his depth dealing with a criminal investigation.
I was surprised at some of the things that she missed during her investigation particularly something with regards to her acting superior officer. The best part of the book for me was the personal interaction betwen Havers and Azhar. I am glad to see her get a personal life other than dealing with her parents' problems.
The ending has a major twist and, having already bought the next book in the series, I did something I have never done before and peeked at the beginning to see what the ramifications of that twist would be....so, I guess I will be "forced" to read on...
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By Jenna Leigh on Feb. 15 2003
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I have read all of Elizabeth George's books and this one stands out as the best. She is a very good mystery writer. I love her books because it takes me so long to read them. I can usally devour a book in a day or two but these books always take me at least a week and a half or so.
Her writing style is similar to Anne Rice's in that it is very descriptive and minute. She can take one moment in time and make it last 3 or 4 pages. Some people don't like this sort of writing, calling it flowery and over descriptive but I love detailed character studies of people that show their motivations, thoughts, feelings, etc... leading up to the showdown moment fraught with tension when Lynley and Havers almost always foil the bad(?) guys. The only thing is, by the time you read all this about these characters, there are no black and white, bad or good, just human beings trying to get through their lives.
If you want a GOOD long mystery that slowly and surely draws you into peoples lives, then pick up any of Ms. George's novels.
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By A Customer on Feb. 8 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cause I'm available.
How the heck could ANYONE let this book go on for so long... I'm all for a good long mystery but then the minutia of everybody's thoughts is expounded on endlessly and nothing seems to get plot moving, it's time to get the scissors!
I found the mystery interesting enough (I managed to slog through the 713 pages only by skipping huge lumps of text) but on the whole, I found it too full of repetitive chatter. Now, the thought of reading another Elizabeth George seems too much like work.
So much in this book was extraneous, incidental and ultimately unsatisfying, that I'm led to believe this is more about the author than the reader. Seems to be more about the successful writer who can't/won't be cut, but good grief, someone has to be the voice of reason and insist on tightening these endless ramblings.
I couldn't recommmend George to anyone, unless it was a person who rated mysteries by the pound. Hell, next time I read 700+ pages of anything, it'll be "War and Peace". At least Tolstoy's characters are compelling and his stories hold together. And it's literature, not lava.
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