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Complex, intriguing, gripping,
This review is from: Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley) (Hardcover)
One of the things I like about George is that she's not afraid of taking risks and pushing her characters rather than falling into a fictional rut. That does mean that some fans of her early, cosier (though still quite dark) books, haven't made the transition to the type of books she's writing now. This one is definitely in line with the last couple: a complex, doorstopper of a tome which is more interested in the personal emotions of characters than a traditional police procedural - though there's still plenty of investigation taking place here.
Barbara Havers takes centre stage over Linley who is definitely a muted character despite getting a lot of page space: his strangely subdued new relationship is completely different from his past ones and is interesting despite the clear lack of chemistry and dreadful politeness that ensues between him and his new amour.
But it's Barbara and her relationship with Azhar and Haddiyah which it at the heart of this book. There's a slight feel of déjà vu here as, once again, Barbara goes off the rails and puts her career, and relationship with Linley, at risk. But the Italian setting of much of the book and Barbara's wonderful interactions with the Italian investigator give this an injection of novelty.
So there is still much that is unbelievable in a strictly realistic way, not least the workings of Scotland Yard as depicted here. But leaving that aside (and that's always been an issue, from the very first book where we had to swallow an Earl as a detective in the Met.) this is a big, intriguing, gripping read. And the end means that the next book has to deal with more change and adjustments in the personal lives of our characters - I can't wait.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)