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In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 08) [Paperback]

Elizabeth George
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7 Jun 2012 Inspector Lynley Mysteries 08

As the editor of a popular left-wing tabloid, Dennis Luxford has made a career out of scandal. But this time the scoop involves his own daughter. To save the life of his child, Luxford must expose the girl's mother - Eve Bowen, now Under Secretary of State for the Home Office. And Eve refuses to involve the police, convinced that Charlotte's disappearance is just one more shabby tabloid ploy.

Only when events take an unbearable turn is New Scotland Yard brought in, in the guise of Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Barbara Havers. And as their investigations move from Westminster to Wiltshire, Lynley and Havers discover that treachery and betrayal lie perilously close to home.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 144473833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444738339
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The eighth novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery series

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, involved and involving 28 Mar 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a long, complex and convoluted read so if you prefer your investigations more linear then this might be one to avoid. George is as interested in character development as she is in the mystery and that shows particularly here.

When Eve Bowen's daughter goes missing, she is sure that the girl's father is behind it and so she does nothing. But the truth is far more complex and painful than her reading allows, and the emotional fallout from this event far broader than anyone expects.

Lynley and the ever-irritating Helen take a back seat in this book which is probably a good thing, and Havers gets to manage an investigative strand outside London for herself.

I don't want to say too much as the plot is long and complex, involving Tory politicians (think Maggie Thatcher and Edwina Currie), tabloid editors, and the run-up to an election.

The clues are meticulously planted in the narrative but with great sleight of hand, something I'd never really associated with George before. This shows her starting to move away from the purely detective novel (which, sadly, leads to some of her worst books later) but here she pulls it off magnificently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just evening the score 11 July 2007
By Chris Morse VINE VOICE
Since one of the negative reviews has been placed 3 times, this seems rather an unbalanced rating.
This was the first George book I read, and I was astonished. I did'nt know there were people writing like this.
An absolutely gripping story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Lynley Mystery 21 April 2014
By Mary
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Delighted with this book that arrive quickly and was good value for money. Her books are usually quite thick. Think I have read most of Elizabeth George's books as I find she always tells a good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD iNSPECTOR L'YNLEY 27 Jan 2014
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All Inspector Lynley's are good but with this one I didn't guess the murderer until jus before the end after reading far too late at night to see who it could possibly be
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 11 Oct 2013
By higgy
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Have read all of Inspector Lynley books and this one did not disappoint good read from beginning to end could not put it down
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4.0 out of 5 stars E George (Inspector Lynley) 27 Sep 2013
By Chicky
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I love the way Ms George writes and keeps you on the edge of your seat, i couldnt put the book down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ususal standard 24 Jun 2013
By twinkle
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This is very good to her usual standard. There were a lot of typos and every now and again she uses American phrases, which don't sit well with the characters. but dispite this a very gripping story.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Very Disappointing Read 27 Jun 2005
Elizabeth George's series featuring Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers is a distinguished one. Most books in the series are masterpieces of character development. The best ones are also marvelous plots that will leave you thinking.
In the Presence of the Enemy is by far the weakest of the books in the series. Unless you feel compelled to read every book in the series, I suggest you skip this one.
The character development is mostly about two narcissists, the career obsessed Eve Bowen, M.P., and her one-time lover, tabloid sleaze-jockey, Dennis Luxford. Now if you really find it entertaining to read about successful people who are hollow inside, feel free to read this book. But there's no reward for staring at the hollows in these two.
The plot provides an above-average mystery, but one that will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.
The story? A young girl, Charlotte Bowen, has been kidnapped and her kidnapper threatens to murder her if Luxford doesn't acknowledge his "eldest child." Luxford is willing to do that, but Eve Bowen believes that it's just a publicity stunt that Luxford cooked up to embarrass the Tories. Evidence to the contrary fails to move Eve who seeks out help from Simon St. James instead. Simon involves Deborah and Lady Helen, and that sets them all up for a confrontation with Lynley when he finds out what they have been doing behind his back.
Perhaps the best part of the story comes as Barbara Havers struggles to handle one end of the investigation on her own. It's a challenge . . . that almost exceeds her ability to handle.
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