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With No One as Witness (Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels)by Elizabeth George
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In With No One As Witness, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate, meticulously researched, and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and the newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata are back and on the hunt for a sinister killer.
When an adolescent boy's nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of a tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize this as the work of a serial killer. This is the fourth victim in three months — but the first to be white.
Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized racism in its failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard hands the case over to Lynley and his colleagues. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. Worse, a devastating tragedy within police ranks causes them to fumble in their pursuit of him.
With a surprise ending that will shock readers to the core, With No One As Witness is full of the mesmerizing action and psychological intrigue that are the hallmarks of Elizabeth George's work.
"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. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. 9-city author tour. (Mar. 15)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[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." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Ms. George provides enough twists and shocks in this detailed police-procedural to startle and statisfy even the most jaded reader." Wall Street Journal
"As usual, there's still more angst for Lynley....But George mostly de-purples her prose — even while letting her serial killer blather on." Kirkus Reviews
"Although George unravels the case at hand with customary skill and elegance, the real shocker for longtime fans is a stakes-raising, stunningly effective plot twist that changes the entire series in a heartbeat." Entertainment Weekly
“[A] juicy serial killer whodunit.”
“Delicately textured...achingly compassionate....Its one of Georges best, and thats saying something.”
The 13th novel in Elizabeth Georges acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Inspector Linley crime fiction series, With No One as Witness is arguably the most riveting, shocking, and emotionally compelling of the lot. The hunt for a serial killer who has been murdering and mutilating young boys in London has Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley and his team of investigators racing to stop the slaughter, only to have the investigation nearly derailed by one devastating, truly game changing event. An American author, George has been praised as “a master of the British mystery” by the New York Times, one of only two Yanks whose crime novels have been adapted for the PBS TV series, “Mystery,” and her exceptional police procedurals rank with the best of Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and Ruth Rendell.
New Scotland Yard Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley takes on the case of his career, scrambling to apprehend a serial killer while avoiding accusations of racism in George's latest "New York Times" bestseller.
The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the third 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 con-cerns 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.
About the Author
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. She lives in London and Huntington Beach, California.
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