Another solid Inspector Lynley book. This one really shows some of the differences between Havers and Lynley.
When a young boy from a private school is found mudered, DI Lynley and Sgt Havers are asked to investigate by his old school chum. As they commence their quest, they are met with a wall of silence and resistance at every turn. With no shortage of suspects Lynley and Havers struggle on even while dealing with private matters of their own.
The plot is a masterfully written, it crisses and crosses and twists and connects. I just love these books where every detail has meaning.
I was somewhat troubled by the synonymous use of 'homosexual' and 'pedophile'. It's a misconception that the two are even remotely related and I found the correlation offensive. On the other hand it did serve to throw a curve ball into the investigation. And it is true enough also that this is a work of fiction and bookcrossing journals are probably not the best place for my social commentary.
That said, I will most assuredly pick up another Elizabeth George book in this series - perhaps I'll start at the beginning.
Best mystery I've read all year. Will most certainly order more of her books.
A fine Inspector Lynley mystery. Very complex, with several seedy undertones to the fine public school environment to choose from as they search for a boy's murderer. See also the audio book, which was narrated by Derek Jacobi!
A child is missing.... investigation into a cloistered school... beware another muder is evolving...
Detective novel, takes place at English Private School. Good character development, not very believable detective work.
Fascinating book with a case of a missing 13 yr. old boy from his school.
Another great Scotland Yard mystery with Inspector Thomas Lindley and Detective Barbara Havers. Elizabeth George is a great mystery writer.
This book is much more complex and has a somewhat different plot from the Mystery! series on Public TV, but if you liked the TV show,I think you will like this.
Who could have killed a student at aprestigous school? Will they be able to unlock the secrets that the closed school society has? There is extraordinary evil going on in the school.
When a 13 year old boy goes missing,then tragically turns up dead,Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers,and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James sense evil behind Bredgar Chambers's cloistered walls.
Abrdiged. 2 tapes, 3 hrs. Read by Derek Jacobi.
From Library Journal
Thomas Lynley (the earl turned policeman) and Sergeant Havers focus their prodigious talents on uncovering the murderer of a young boy from an exclusive independent school near London. While author George necessarily centers the plot on solving the case, she adroitly plumbs the emotional and psychological depths of fully fleshed characters coping with various forms of personal stress in addition to the murder. As in her previous work ( A Great Deliverance; Payment in Blood), George offers refined, feeling prose, an abiding sense of humanity, and a pervasive undercurrent of mystery. A necessary purchase, exceedingly fair and full of grace. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A student at a private boarding school in England was murdered. Two policemen from Scotland yard attempt to solve the crime. The actual murderer is the least expected.
--there is a small tear (now scotch-taped) on the lower back cover