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Careless in Red: A Novel (Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels)

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In her most eagerly anticipated novel yet, Elizabeth George brings back Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley to investigate a ruthless crime.

After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, no matter how exhausting his days, the painful memories of Helen's death do not diminish.

On the forty-third day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. The closest town, better known for its tourists and its surfing than its intrigue, seems an unlikely place for murder. However, it soon becomes apparent that a clever killer is indeed at work, and this time Lynley is not a detective but a witness and possibly a suspect.

The head of the vastly understaffed local police department needs Lynley's help, though, especially when it comes to the mysterious, secretive woman whose cottage lies not far from where the body was discovered. But can Lynley let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and carefully planned crime?

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"At the start of bestseller George's stellar new suspense novel, the grieving Thomas Lynley, a Scotland Yard detective who left the force after the murder of his pregnant wife, Helen, in With No One as Witness (2005), is filling his days with a long trek in his native Cornwall.During his ramble, Lynley stumbles on the body of teenager Santo Kerne, who apparently fell from a cliff onto some rocks, though it soon becomes evident that someone tampered with Kerne's climbing gear.As the first on the scene, Lynley himself comes under suspicion, despite his lack of history with the victim, by the investigating officer, the capable but crusty Det. Insp. Bea Hannaford. Lynley fittingly plays a secondary role in the homicide inquiry as he continues to struggle to find a reason for living after his devastating loss.The plausible resolution of the crime leaves enough ambiguity to satisfy readers who prefer psychologically sophisticated plots and motivations. 10-city author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"This is the first of Elizabeth George's novels I've read, and I finished it doubly astonished: at George's exceptional gifts and at my own dimwittedness in neglecting her work for the 20 years she's been publishing. Other readers, more vigilant than I, have long since made her elegant, complex novels international best-sellers. Almost all of them feature the aristocratic Detective Superintendent Thomas... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"In keeping with George's standards, both the inspectors and their many suspects are complex, fascinating folks, and, also as usual, they all have dramatic, if a bit unbelievably dire, back stories. Highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

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"Despite the obvious restoration device, George delivers, once again, a mystery imbued with psychological suspense and in-depth characterization." Booklist

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"As you'd expect from George, a windy exploration of angst, grief and the feelings that pass for love. Much surfing and rock-climbing, but also many wretchedly oblique confrontations and overwrought similes. Even so, it's nice to have Lynley back." Kirkus Reviews

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Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.

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hako, December 14, 2010 (view all comments by hako)
"Head to toe in black, but her lips were red. They were as red as a rose might be. They were as red as blood indeed was." ("Careless in Red", p.156)
I know that Elizabeth George can write, but not from reading this book. Her regretful tendency to turn series hero Lynley into mythical idol, here reaches new and embarassing heights (depths?) as she metaphorically compares him to Christ borne down by cross and thorns on his trek to crucifiction.
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Bookwomyn, July 4, 2008 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I totally agree with the other reviewer ... this is not George at her best ... The best part of the Lynley/Havers partnership is the interactions between them - their relationship. This book has zilch of their charisma. And, having Lynley show up as a stinky bum in the beginning is totally unbelievable. Bleah. I wish she wouldn't bother if she's not going to write a better book than this.
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Pantherpal, May 11, 2008 (view all comments by Pantherpal)
Surfers, rock climbers, nymphos, and a religious fanatic are foisted upon the reader in Careless in Red, but only minor development of Lynley and Havers. Perhaps George tires of the old series and all those characters readers grew to love. In Careless in Red George introduces at least eleven new characters AND their backstories. It is exceptionally difficult to care about this new lot of whiners and lost souls. Even the murder is a sort of "so what" and frankly gets lost in all the ridiculous turmoil. Longtime readers won't like this much more than Why He Did It. I'd like to know why she (George) did it to us again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061160875
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
George, Elizabeth
Author:
George, Elizabeth A.
Author:
by Elizabeth George
Author:
by Elizabeth George
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Bereavement
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Police -- England.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels
Publication Date:
20080506
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.43519 in 31.36 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of bestseller George's stellar new suspense novel, the grieving Thomas Lynley, a Scotland Yard detective who left the force after the murder of his pregnant wife, Helen, in With No One as Witness (2005), is filling his days with a long trek in his native Cornwall.During his ramble, Lynley stumbles on the body of teenager Santo Kerne, who apparently fell from a cliff onto some rocks, though it soon becomes evident that someone tampered with Kerne's climbing gear.As the first on the scene, Lynley himself comes under suspicion, despite his lack of history with the victim, by the investigating officer, the capable but crusty Det. Insp. Bea Hannaford. Lynley fittingly plays a secondary role in the homicide inquiry as he continues to struggle to find a reason for living after his devastating loss.The plausible resolution of the crime leaves enough ambiguity to satisfy readers who prefer psychologically sophisticated plots and motivations. 10-city author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In keeping with George's standards, both the inspectors and their many suspects are complex, fascinating folks, and, also as usual, they all have dramatic, if a bit unbelievably dire, back stories. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Despite the obvious restoration device, George delivers, once again, a mystery imbued with psychological suspense and in-depth characterization."
"Review" by , "As you'd expect from George, a windy exploration of angst, grief and the feelings that pass for love. Much surfing and rock-climbing, but also many wretchedly oblique confrontations and overwrought similes. Even so, it's nice to have Lynley back."
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