Thrilling and shocking! Taking the fantastic Inspector Lynley series to a whole new level. Friends have been endlessly talking about the very unexpected twist at the end, but I had to read it to believe it. Ms. George doesn't let up the pace for a moment. If this is your first read in the series, go back to the beginning and read every one. You won't be disappointed! They are all excellent. The TV versions are a poor comparison and don't do the books justice.
I picked this book up before a recent business trip because I'd seen the Inspector Lynley mysteries on PBS. The author writes a tight, gripping mystery and suspense novel that kept me "on the edge of my seat." The characters are intriguing and the story is well plotted. This is a must-read, especially for readers who enjoy fine crime novels.
I am a fan of mystery writer Elizabeth George. This book is a British mystery with Scotland Yard super sleuth and royaly born Thomas Lynley and his side kick,Sgt Havers. It is a great "who done it" that keeps you guessing up to the end.
I just couldn't get into this book at all - it's very British and so much of the conversations and referrals were in British slang. I've read British authors often before, so I wonder if some books get "Americanized" before they are published across the pond. When there are some British slag in context I can decipher no problem, but this book made me feel like I was trying to read something in a foreign language!
Really good, but really important to have read the other books in the series before you get to this one - that way you will be emotionally involved with the various recurring characters in the Inspector Lynley series. As usual, this is very well-written in the typical Elizabeth George style, however a little part of me hated this book at the end.
An excellent writer tells an excellent story - but her books are l-o-n-g. Nearly 800 pages. For that reason I usually avoid her books, but they are good to sit down with on a chilly evening by the fire.
I did not like this book. I WILL NOT recommend it to anyone. That being said, I did listen to the whole story instead of quitting half way through.
I want to be truthful that there were things that I did like about the story. One, it kept my attention. Mainly because I'm one of those readers who is always trying to solve the crime before the characters do. There were enough potential suspects and persons of interest to make my guessing game difficult, but not so many that the story was cluttered. Two, there were surprises. There were crimes committed throughout that didn't seem to make any sense, until the entire picture came together at the end. One of those surprises being a death of someone that was not a high profile character, but the circumstances around that death were not at all what was assumed.
On to the things that I didn't like about this book. I am aware that this is a fiction book, not based on any actual event, and I'm not naive enough to think that a crime spree like this couldn't happen. I just don't happen to enjoy reading material in this genre to include children.
The primary story line is the quest for a serial killer who is murdering teenage boys. The crime scenes are gruesome detailing acts committed against these boys' bodies after they had been killed. Many of them had their navels removed. A couple had large incisions in their chest. One of the boys was sodomized. This information leads the detectives to question a man who later admits that he is a part of a group known as MABIL. An acronym for Men And Boys In Love. It is an organized group of adolescent boys who are brought together with other boys and made to feel like they are part of a group. Once the boys learn to trust the leaders, they are paired up with a man for their "first time." As if all of that isn't bad enough, there is a 12 year old boy who murders a pregnant woman for no apparent reason!
I also did not think that this book flowed well. I listened to this start to finish and didn't skip even one second of the book. Yet, there were things that would happen or pop up in the investigation that seemed like they came out of thin air. I remember thinking a couple of times that there really needed to be some sort of lead-in to an event, but it just wasn't there. Then, at the end of the story, the author threw in this "need for human contact" for one of the characters, and tried to end the story with a little romance. It just didn't fit or work for me. I'm sure that with such a horrific plot to begin with, she wanted to end on a more positive note, but with a plot this sinister, it would take much more than what was there.
Wow. What a great listen: couldn't make enough car trips to find out what was going to happen next. Lots of red herrings keep you guessing right to the end. The search for a serial killer is devastated by media coverage and the results are unpredictable. I really enjoyed this, as you can do doubt tell. A bit grisly in parts, but most murder mysteries are. Murder is a grisly business and Elizabeth George doesn't miss the details.
9 cds: 10 hours Abridgement approved by the author.
I read this book out of sequence - I read What Came Before he Shot Her first. Amazingly it didnt matter. The two tragic stories blend together no matter which way they are read. George writes in a way to really pull you into the world of her stories and of course I cried when Helen died - it really didnt seem fair at all. But then when you know the story of the child who shot her - his life didnt seem very fair either. I hope George will pick up at least some of this story in a subseqent book.
I really enjoyed this book. I am not sure I like what the author decided to do in the life of one of the characters, but it was still a gripping story. I will be really interested to see what happens when she follows up with Lynley/Havers/Simon/Deborah.
5 Stars all the way - I loved it! "Ms. Elizabeth George provides enough twists and shocks in this detailed police procedural mystery to startle and to satisfy even the most jaded reader" by Wall Stree Journal.
Elizabeth George's aristocratic Scotland Yard detective Thomas Lynley and his working-class partner Barbara Havers go up against a serial killer -- a case which turns into a publicity nightmare when the police only figure out they're dealing with a serial killer after the fourth body is found. The fourth body -- but the first white victim...
One of my favorite of Elizabeth George's books. At over 1,050 pages (large print) it's a bit long but considering the theme and plot twists it seems to be necessary. A serial killer's identity stumps detectives Lynley and Havers around the clock work as one adolescent boy after another is murdered. The murders are committed ritualistically; part of that ritual is a grisly removal of a piece of the victims' bodies. Adding to the pressure is Lynley's supervisor, Hillier. As the public starts demanding that the detectives catch this killer, Hillier, more interested in political machinations that in catching the killer, manages to thoroughly mess up the investigation. Feeling desperate, he decides to have a journalist embedded in the investigation. Lynley knows that not only will this lead to the investigation getting compromised, which Lynley sidesteps cleverly, but can be dangerous for those detectives working on the murders, which cannot be avoided. The end is a sad surprise in more ways than one. If you like complex, realistic characters and plot, this book will keep you up at night.
This story builds with each CD. I cared about the characters and between listens, I puzzeled on the outcome of each intricate mystery. Many emotions from the characters and from the listener. I was anxious to return to the story and still linger on the outcome.
Peter P. (pwp7669) - , reviewed With No One As Witness LP (Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels) on
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. Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley has been assigned to the investigation along with his disgraced partner, Babara Havers."
Author Elizabeth George returns to the top of her form with this latest entry in the Inspector Lynley series. Havers - still smarting from her demotion - and Lynley team up again, with the active participation of newly promoted Winston Nkata, to find a serial killer who is targeting young street boys. The pressures of political posturing and media hype-ing of the possible racial overtones of the crimes, add increased dangers to everyone involved. A stunning finish.
I was thrilled when I got this book. I love English mysteries. This book, the first Elizabeth George novel, I've read is awful to me. I made it to page 60 until I put it down. Sixty pages of a woman inspector whining because she was dropped in rank. Maybe the first 60 pages are suppose to bore you. Also maybe I'm not giving it a chance? But, so far, I hate it so bad that the only time I would think of picking it back up is when I run out of books to read.
This is about the hunt for a serial killer of young boys. A mystery and a physcological thriller. The characterizations are very well written. It's about the 13th in a series with the same investigators.
The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the fourth murdered boy--his body draped over a tomb in a London graveyard. Scotland Yard has been assigned to the investigation. Another thriller from NY Times bestselling author Elizabeth George.