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What's more, the inspector's partner, Barbara Havers, has been suspended and is facing criminal charges of assault and attempted murder. Was Havers really saving a drowning child or was she disobeying orders? Why, then, did she fire a rifle at the detective chief inspector, and how could Lynley ethically justify it? As he grapples with the ramifications of his partner's radical insubordination, the case in Derbyshire grows in daunting complexity.
Once again, Elizabeth George delivers an intricately woven plot, which efficiently navigates the reader through nearly 600 pages. Along the way, readers will be introduced to a delightful cast of supporting characters from the dowdy Phoebe who finds the first gory cadaver to the stately Andy Maiden: "His face was drawn with exhaustion, and his growth of peppery whiskers fanned out from his moustache and shadowed his cheeks." And, of course, fans will get an eyeful of George's trademark, her vivid descriptions of death: "At her feet, a young man lay curled like a foetus, dressed head-to-toe in nothing but black, with that same colour puckering burnt flesh from eye to jaw on one side of his face." --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Elizabeth George fans will love this book, but it may be a bit difficult for those who are not acquainted with this mystery series and her main characters, Thomas Lynley and... Read morePublished on July 5 2003 by ugagirl
Elizabeth George is a wonderful writer-she grabs hold of you and doesn't let go, even after you have closed the book. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by S. Fackler
I considered giving this book more stars, since the quality of the writing is superb. It's a real pleasure to just enjoy that aspect of Ms. George's work. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2002
In this book you see how the police are investigating a woman's dead and they thought she was murderer by his profession (prostitution) because everybody wanted her for himself... Read morePublished on April 30 2002 by Jorge Frid
So happy I was when reading Deception on his mind that when I knew Elizabeth George had written In Pursuit of a Proper Sinner I thought finally some exicitement and love in... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2002 by Shalla Takurpersad
Her books are long and complex, with story threads interweaving and running all over the place -- but they pull you in so quickly that you want to read them all at one sitting. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2001 by Nikatnyte
What a terific read and great excuse for leaving work undone. Hated to see it come to an end, even though the ending was eminently satisfying: just what most readers were hoping... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by evelyn johnston
I have read several mysteries by Elizabeth George and while I sometimes balk at the long winded narratives and similar Oedipal plots, I keep returning for more. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by DorParkr