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Elizabeth George
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Feb. 9 2006 Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels

The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the fourth murdered boy -- the first white victim -- his body draped over a tomb in a London graveyard. Suddenly a series of crimes and a potential public relations disaster have Scotland Yard on the defensive, scrambling to apprehend a maniac while avoiding accusations of racism.

Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley, distracted by concerns for his pregnant wife, has been assigned to the investigation, along with his disgraced partner, Barbara Havers, who's fighting for her professional future. Winston Nkata -- deservedly, if hastily, promoted to detective sergeant -- is the black face who will speak to the media. But none of them can imagine the tenacity and ingenuity of the killer they seek . . . and no one is prepared for the savage, shocking instant when everything will change forever.

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Starred Review. Acting Supt. Thomas Lynley and Det. Constable Barbara Havers face their most challenging and perilous case yet—the linked murders of four youths, three of black or mixed parentage—in bestseller George's absorbing 13th British police procedural (after 2003's A Place of Hiding). Crime fans will find plenty of forensic minutiae and details of police bureaucracy and politics, but it's characterization at which George really excels. The up-and-down career of Havers is at low ebb following her demotion from sergeant to constable, and her rocky personal life doesn't make that easier to bear. Lynley's professional life has become more difficult due to the continued absence of Supt. Malcolm Webberly and the need to deal directly with Asst. Commissioner David Hillier. The tension builds as the brutal serial killings continue and the pressure to solve them mounts. George expertly uses every device in the book from red herrings to blind alleys, from subtle twists to swift shocks. This is an outstanding and explosive addition to a popular series.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*Starred Review* Issues of racism within the police are brought to the fore when the ritualistic murder of a teenage boy is linked to the deaths of three other youths. It's clear there's a serial killer at work, and New Scotland Yard is called in to solve the case and quell accusations of police prejudice. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley has his hands full----not only with finding the murderer but also with ensuring that volatile Barbara Havers doesn't further damage her career. Then there's the matter of keeping an eye on a tabloid reporter and a profiler whom intractable Assistant Commissioner Hillier has foisted on the team. Veteran thriller writer George, an American, is as at home with the social dynamics of the seedier parts of London as she is with the multidimensional personalities of Lynley and his colleagues (Winston Nkata, in particular, really comes into his own here). This is a riveting installment in a superb series--far more than just plain good. It's also a turning point for the series as George makes some bold, surprising decisions that permanently change the lives of the characters her fans have come to know. Stephanie Zvirin
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Highly recommended!

With No One as Witness is one of the most memorable of the Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers novels. If you haven't read this book yet, you have a great treat ahead of you. The book uses its over 600 page length well to deliver a deliciously complex plot in a detailed police procedural with lots of great forensics, action, suspense and interesting character developments.

As the book opens, a teenager who favors Boy George makeup and impersonating famous female singers heads out to meet with "friends." By the next morning, Kimmo Thorne has become a murder statistic, the victim of a strange mutilation that seems like the work of an unusually deranged mind. Clearly, this could be a serial killer at work . . . and the police begin to realize that three other young men have experienced a similar fate. But no one has taken their deaths seriously . . . they're just "throwaway boys" of black or mixed race parentage.

Anticipating a public relations firestorm tied to charges of racism in not investigating the earlier murders very well, the ultimately annoying Assistant Commissioner David Hillier focuses on managing press relations . . . even while he hampers the actual investigation with his "directions." While Acting Superintendent Lynley and Detective Constable Havers gnash their teeth in extreme frustration, Hillier pushes them to the brink of rebellion. Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata finds himself the token black in Hillier's playbook and doesn't appreciate this abuse of his identity, but usually manages to bite his tongue.

Throughout the story, the narration alternates among Lynley, Havers, Nkata, the serial killer and Ulrike Ellis, the head of a nonprofit agency for boys in trouble with the law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet March 13 2006
By Louise
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Elizabeth George tells her best yet story with the Lynley/Havers team. Character development is excellent and the plot is very strong. You'll be finished the book before you know it, as the story doesn't let you put it down. Disturbing topic of child abuse covered in this one, so be prepared. Also, I really like that the British authors aren't afraid to not make everything turn our well in the end. The characters are real, not fluffy. If you haven't tried Ian Rankin, give him a try as well. Excellent mystery author with stories set in Edinburgh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING, SUSPENSEFUL, AND A SMASH FINISH March 26 2005
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
In this, her thirteenth novel, George returns Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his erstwhile partner Barbara Havers. In addition to murder, the author also raises some profound and troubling issues which the characters must confront. Thus, we not only have vintage Elizabeth George but a writer at the top of her game.
Four adolescent boys have been murdered. Three of them were of mixed parentage, and the third is white. His body is found atop a tomb, obviously a ritualistic killing. Somehow the slaying of four youth are connected, but how?
Rumors abound that New Scotland Yard has racist tendencies due to its apparent inability to solve the first three murders. Thus, the case is given to Lynley and his cohorts, all of whom are dealing with personal troubles. As always, this author excels in character depictions, and painting background scenes whether seedy or exclusive.
All know that a psychopath is on the loose, but finding him is quite another matter as both Lynley and Havers are distracted by issues of their own and turmoil among the police.
As is her wont, George doesn't miss a beat in pacing a story that throbs with excitement, suspense and a spectacular denouement.
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough mix of thrilling events March 11 2006
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This is a terrific book and here is my review: I'm a big fan of the Lynley/Havers books and this is one of the best. The crime story is different from the other books because this time it is about a serial killer and not only therefore it is very interesting. What I like most about the books are the characters of Lynley and Havers and their personal lives (although Lynley is not the most likable guy) and these stories are again very important and intriguing in this book.
If you liked the other Lynley/Havers books you shouldn't miss this one.
If you haven't read one yet you should start at the beginning (A Great Deliverance) because the developments of the main characters through the books is one of their strenghts. And don't stop when you weren't so enthusiastic about the first one because the books get better through time. You should also check out Giorgio Kostantinos-The Quest- a teriffic thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serial killer murders four youths April 19 2005
By Janet
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Constable Barbara Havers have their work cut out for them as a brutal serial killer murders four youths of mixed parentage. It is a race against time to stop him before he kills again. Suspenseful novel with wonderful characters.
Reviewed by Janet Sue Terry, author of the contemporary romance, "Set Me Free" series Possibilities and Resolutions. President of Just My best Book Publishing Company. www.janetsueterry.com.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now I know who shot her! Jan. 10 2014
By elfungo
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Quite a good read - surprising ending, but that's Elizabeth George. I do wonder sometimes though why she tries to be SO British. As an American writer, she uses either particularly rigorous research, or is hung-up on this British schtick. I lived in Britain (England) for many years and much of the working-class slang/patois seems a little bit over-the-top, or forced to fit her idea of how English persons communicate with one another. However, the plots are usually intricate, but plausible and easy to read if you can dope out what the slang means!
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