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Too much to swallow - too long and too unbelievable,
This review is from: Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley 18) (Hardcover)
I have previously enjoyed Inspector Lynley novels (though the author's obsession with his rank and wealth is a little distasteful) but this one is an absolute dud.
It is of course far too long - all Elizabeth George's novels are too long - but this wouldn't have mattered so much if it hadn't been so repetitive and downright dull. Over and over again we read about Havers breaking the rules and over and over again we read cliches about Italian life trotted out ( doting mammas, secluded nuns, corrupt officials). The plot, such as it was, was buried under a pile of such crushing detail that we no longer cared who did what to whom; we just wanted the agony to end.
Havers is the most interesting character in the Lynley novels, and it is infuriating to see her behave like a self-destructive half wit just to suit the demands of the plot. ( George seems to be saying that you can't trust a woman, especially a working class woman, to be objective, for they are at the mercy of their hormones and their desire to be loved)
Anzar never really came to life - and wasn't particularly sympathetic either; perhaps if he been allowed to be a properly rounded human being instead of some pompous saint we would have liked him better.
Don't waste precious hours of your life - and believe me it will take hours - reading this tedious nonsense.