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With No One as Witness (Inspector Lynley Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth George
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George weaves her usual magic, embroiling her Scotland Yard characters in tangles both personal and professional (Time Out)

Complex, convincing and completely absorbing. (Woman's Day (Australia))

An outstanding and explosive addition to a popular series. (Publishers Weekly)

Enough twists and shocks . . . to startle even the most jaded reader (Wall Street Journal)

George explores her characters' dreams and fears with a penetrating grace that makes reading her books a joy (Washington Post Book World)

This is a riveting instalment in a superb series (Booklist)

George is a master (Chicago Tribune)

Dickensian in scope, her scenes pinpoint sharp . . . and the dynamicx of the characters sensitive and disturbing. (Oxford Times)

Woman’s Day (Australia)

'Complex, convincing and completely absorbing.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2208 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; New Ed edition (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ES0VYS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing and plot 1 Sept. 2006
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Despite not normally being a fan of crime fiction, I always eagerly buy the latest Elizabeth George, and with good reason. These are intricate, intelligent mysteries, with believable principle characters and perfectly crafted plots.

As with the earlier books, there are plenty of twists and red herrings, and more suspects than you can shake a truncheon at. George has the ability to keep the reader guessing right until the end, leading her assortment of cops (and the readers) up numerous garden paths. I think I suspected virtually every character who graced the pages at one stage or another.

George is unafraid of making bold decisions about her characters, and this book is no exception. It's a little darker than some of the earlier novels, but there is no explicit gore or violence; there's no need, as the plot is rivetting enough without it. The insights into the mind of the serial killer are chilling. The book touches unflinchingly on serious issues of institutionalised racism and the relationship between police and media, but without labouring any points or detracting from the central mystery story.

If you've only seen the BBC adaptions, I would urge you to read these books - the TV series just cannot do justice to the quality of writing and the complexity of the plots that can be found in the novels. This is the best crime writing available at the moment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story - Fine: The Rest - Yawn!! 4 April 2007
Though Elizabeth George writes great crime fiction (and the main story of the murder investigation presented here is excellent), it's the rest of the book that I get bored with. There's just too much incidental stuff cluttering up the book - Barbara Havers and her next door neighbour, Winston and his girlfriend, Thomas Lynley and his wife, and, worst of all, Lynley's friends, Simon and Deborah St James. These last four, when they appear together, are just too anacronistic - as if they've stepped out of a Lord Peter Wimsey novel - and I think this really spoils the whole flow.

I was interested to note that Elizabeth George is an American writing about London (she mentions this in the Acknowledgements section at the end), because she doesn't portray London in a particularly flattering light - her narrative seems to mention beggers and various unsavoury locals on almost every page, and it comes across almost like an updated version of London from a Charles Dickens novel! I wonder if she would populate an American city in the same way?

If this could be trimmed by about 200 pages it would have been much better - any more than 450 or 500 pages is too long. Ian Rankin's Rebus stories or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books are generally around this length and work well.

So not bad in itself, just too bloated!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read 16 Aug. 2005
By A Customer
Having read all of Elizabeth George's books more than once finding them intriguing, full of suspense and enjoying especially the setting and development of the characters I found this one a great disappointment. Not only did the characters seem cardboard like but the story seemed to gallop along with little or no time for reflection against a backdrop of a depressingly unoriginal theme. It seemed to me to be driven more by the TV series, where we already knew part of the ending, than by the author's continued involvement with the characters she had created. Sorry but I shan't be buying the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He was in need of redemption" 3 Oct. 2007
After a disappointing "A Place of Hiding", Elizabeth George goes back to the basics, bringing back Havers and taking the series to the next level. George has always distinguished her novels by creating a product that is distinctly different from the typical police procedural. The differentiating factor is that she spends a considerable amount of time telling us about the personal lives of the characters. As a result, you will get much more enjoyment from reading this series in order, so if you are new to George's work, I recommend that you go back to the beginning: "A Great Deliverance". For those that have been following this series, fasten your seat belts, because not only are you going to get a story with a devious serial killer that is hard to catch, but also on where there will be some important developments in the lives of the main characters.

Four boys have been murdered, but it was not until recently that the police and the Scotland Yard realized that there is a serial killer out there. The situation can be best described as a public relations nightmare, since only the last victim is white, and there are likely to be some accusations about this, probably justified. The good news is that all of our beloved characters make an appearance in this novel, Lynley, Havers, St. James, Nkata and even Havers' neighbors and Nkata's object of desire.

I liked the way in which George provides the story with several layers, transforming it in a mesmerizing read. For example, the pressure by the press on the Scotland Yard generates serious problems between Superintendent Lynley and his superior. There is also the issue of the previous demotion of Havers and now the promotion of one of her friends, trying to assuage the fire of public opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by barry nobles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Elizabeth Gearge is a great crime writer, didn't think this was one of her best.
Published 3 months ago by D. S. Golby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 6 months ago by susan lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Another suspenseful novel
Elizabeth George lives up to her usual high standard of writing; as with all her books, this is a thoughtful novel.
Published 8 months ago by AGP
2.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
From early on, I had an uneasy feeling that something here is not right. The dialogue was all wrong: people don't speak like that in the UK. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Kinory
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth George at her best
I enjoyed the various relationships and the storyline had me guessing right till the end. A thoroughly good read do give it try!
Published 15 months ago by Corinne
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Lynley is great.
I have read everyone of Elizabeth Georg's novels, how she writes such great stuff and actually lives in America I dont know, but i absolutely recommend these books.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth Paine
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb
Elizabeth George has written a master class in how to write a serial killer mystery. Her character description seems effortless and the descriptions of inner city London come to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wendy Cartmell
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Lynley Book
I enjoyed this book but not as much as others in this series. It started out very slow and at times is quite long winded. Took till half way to finally get well into the storey. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. P. M. Hawkes
5.0 out of 5 stars She has done it again
Elizabeth George has not disappointed with this book. I would recommend it to any Elizabeth George fans. It is a must read.
Published 23 months ago by thriller buff
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