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Believing the Lie

A Lynley Novel

Elizabeth George

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Description

Is it an accident?
Or murder?


Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to the troubled son Ian left behind.

Publishers Weekly Review

Nov 28, 2011 – Lord Bernard Fairclough, a wealthy industrialist, asks Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley to secretly delve into the accidental death of his gay nephew, Ian Cresswell, in bestseller George’s less than satisfying 17th novel featuring the Scotland Yard policeman (after 2010’s This Body of Death). Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers and other series regulars help Lynley try to unspool a tangled web of drug addiction and recovery, gay marriage, extramarital affairs, egg donation, and online sexual predators. As usual in George’s work, the process of detection reveals more about those doing the detecting than the mystery itself. Some of the subplots—such as Havers’s attempts to spruce up her appearance—lead to dead ends. Zed Benjamin, a bumbling rookie journalist, offers some farcical moments to lighten up the general gloom. Statements of the obvious (“Deborah hated being at odds with her husband”) and platitudes for unbearably painful situations will annoy some, while others will see the denouement from a mile off.

Customer Reviews

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George has written another interesting page turner. However, I can't help but remember back to the earlier Inspector Lynley books - the wonderful character development of this thoughtful and kind man, the developing love relationship between Lynley and Helen, and his appreciative and accepting team-up with Barbara Havers. In this new book George seems to have felt that she needed to include all kinds of sexual arrangements and dialogue to interest the reader. She included everything from nymphomania and marital affairs to homosexuality, identity gender disorder and child pornography. I missed the educated, high classed, well-bred inspector who preferred solving crimes to an indolent life of luxury. There is an ample amount of human motivation and behavior to make a good story without having to haul out so much of the seamier side of life! Actually this book was less about Inspector Lynley and more about a number of disturbed and not very admirable characters!

Agreed

I agree wholly with the first reviewer. I can't add anything will only add that I, too am a huge fan and will wait hopefully for yet another Linley book that hearkens back to "nobler" times.

Believing the Lie

Another great read by Elizabeth George. I never tire of Lynley & Havers. Looking forward to the next installment.

Believing the Lie
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Jan 10, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 640 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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