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Elizabeth George
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1 Jun 1990
The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives and eighteen-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer. Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain's foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully through the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553284363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553284362
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,186,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A treat - splendidly plotted and beautifully written' (Colin Dexter)

'If Agatha Christie were writing today, this is how she'd do it. Good plot, credible characters and a very perceptive and observant female eye' (Ted Allbeury) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery series, now available on CD. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Elizabeth George takes the cool Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley and turns his world upside down. For unknown and possibly public relations reasons, Scotland Yard sends Lynley outside of his jurisdiction to Scotland to take over an investigation after a fetching playwright is found murdered in her bed.
But, the guest in the adjoining room is Lynley's much beloved Lady Helen Clyde. To Lynley's chagrin, it turns out that Lady Helen has been sharing her boudoir. Naturally, she must be interrogated. How will Lynley bear up?
Lynley is clearly distraught by dealing with the situation and is soon making big mistakes. How will that affect the investigation? Well, it's not good . . . but fortunately Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is on duty with Lynley.
Although this is a mystery, the book succeeds more as an investigation into the English class system and its weaknesses. With Barbara Havers standing in for every person in her role as skeptical seeker after truth, we see the rotten underpinnings of having a hereditary elite in place. How far has the rot spread? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out.
The mystery itself takes some tangled turns that will provide much entertainment.
I graded the book down a bit. Some scenes didn't resonate with my impressions of this character from the last book. I thought that Ms. George had Lynley's head spinning a bit more than seems likely from what we learned about him in A Great Deliverance.
The book is a very important one in the series though. Frequent references in future books are made to the events in this one. You will enrich your enjoyment of future books if you read Payment in Blood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Linley 13 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Inspector Linley books have been a welcome bonus to Kindle ownership. The ease and hassle free option of getting stuck in to these stories, which I had previously known only from TV, has been a treat in recent weeks, when I have had to do a lot of sitting and waiting and I have relished the escapism. As well as the option of buying the next book in the series as soon as I have finished the last page of a good e-page turner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another brilliant novel by Elizabeth George 12 Nov 2000
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Yet again another sucess for Havers and Lynley, in George's usual style the story is complex and exciting. You will never guess the ending in this gripping thriller. Couldn't put it down!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 16 April 2014
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Well written with not just a crime plot but a character development under plot as well. a real page turner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, fast delivery 21 Feb 2014
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I am very happy with the purchase that i made and I will definetelly recommend to my friend to purchase this product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent inspector Linley 25 Dec 2013
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Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers' professional relationship develops along with the case. Not always in a positive direction though. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect read 9 Dec 2013
By Ms
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Comes immediately - of course and is really easy to use and access quickly you can enter a word in search and hey presto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well enjoyed 13 Nov 2013
By lynette
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I was really surprised by the ending had not suspected him at all. Really enjoyed it wish it had been a happy ending
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This was the first Elizabeth George I read and I found it easy to read with a good plot.
An ideal holiday book.
Published 6 months ago by ginnaman
5.0 out of 5 stars good crime novel.
All Elizabeth George's books are good. Murder is a horribe subject but she does not go into too many gory details. Very well written indeed and it was send quickly.
Published 7 months ago by Lynda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, would definitely recommend
Very good story well told, expect a twist at the end. I have always enjoyed Elizabeth George's style of writing.
Published 7 months ago by Maxene Duxbury
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to enjoy
I found this book disappointing, there are too many disjointed distracting individual "stories" and I have lost interest in the main plot long before I finished the book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pj
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Lindley gets the bad guys again with the help of bis friends of course! Nearly read the whole set now. Read more
Published 8 months ago by suzanne mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Lynley book
Very good writer good storey line keeps your interest all the way through. Once you pick this book up very hard to put down again
Published 13 months ago by P. Lambell
3.0 out of 5 stars Payment In Blood
This improves on A Great Deliverance, though George still overwrites. The mystery is intriguing but along with the suspects tends to get lost in the rather Mills & Boon... Read more
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