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  • Mass Market Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Feb. 9 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060545611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060545611
  • ASIN: 0060545615
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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A great read. A surprising ending - a loss of his wife by the Inspector was not expected - makes me want to read more books to see what happens to him.
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By little lady blue TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 11 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having never read an Elizabeth George novel before & not being familiar with the characters I had no idea what to expect. The 627 pages seemed daunting especially for a mystery/suspense novel. How could it hold my interest to the end? Well, it did. The characters were so well developed with the right amount of baggage & foibles to make them interesting. I was further impressed with the fact that Ms. George is an American writing a mystery series set in London with British characters. Why she would put herself through such a headache to get the locations right not to mention the language, accents & all, is beyond me. Nevertheless, somehow she was able to be `spot on' on all counts. Detailed with terrific twists & turns, kept me guessing right up until the end & I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 15 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise on March 13 2006
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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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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2011
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Book 13, in the Inspector Lynley series

I am happy to see with this instalment my beloved protagonists Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers back to the forefront and plunged into a suspenseful case complete with red herrings and gritty crime scenes. The book provides an intellectual challenge, its 600 pages or more is a kaleidoscope of complicated themes and sub-themes crisscrossed with a rich narrative that keeps us on the edge of our seat while tracking the numerous players that pop in an out of the storyline.

In this novel we follow the procedures that Scotland Yard Detectives employ on the trail of a serial killer who targets young boys in London and displays their bodies in a gruesome manner. Commissioner Hillier realises he has a serial killer when a fourth victim, a white teen, surfaces with similar wounds to three other non- white victims, he also realises he has to stay ahead of media hype and diffuse any accusations of racial preference by promoting officer Nkate a black man) to Detective Sergeant. The commissioner wants full control, puppets on a string style, Nkate handling the general public side and he is pressuring Lynley to work closely with a respected profiler and a in your face reporter. Thomas Lynley is at odds with these orders and the friction between them quickly builds' Where there is friction Barbara Havers' name always surfaces. She is still under scrutiny since her demotion but once more her style of working against the grain will bring success to the case.

Meanwhile on another thread, on Lynley's home front a tragedy awaits that will alter his life for ever'..

Although overall the storyline moves at a slow pace I was immediately engaged in this drama that is far darker, more sombre and definitely more tragic than any of the previous endeavours in Lynley's career. I can't wait to see what happens next, my library is a little behind in this series.
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