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I, Richard Paperback – 1 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553382426
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,855,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" In her first story collection, eminent British author George (A Traitor to Memory) presents five nimbly written and gripping tales, each with a stunning conclusion." -- "Publisher's Weekly"


"In her first story collection, eminent British author George (A Traitor to Memory) presents five nimbly written and gripping tales, each with a stunning conclusion." "Publisher's Weekly"
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Five tales of human weakness from the masterly pen of Elizabeth George --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2005
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Short stories that contain mysteries are a challenge. You cannot do much character development, add many plot details nor use extensive red herrings.
Ms. George's writing holds up surprisingly well in this format considering that she normally pens novels that run 500-600 pages. The charm of her work is that she loves ironies, and provides us with some delicious ones.
In Exposure, Thomas Lynley and Lady Helen are visiting Lynley's aunt while some of the heritage silver is pinched by a tour group. A man dies in the process. Can Lynley sort out the crime before this turns into an even bigger problem?
In The Surprise of His Life, a middle-aged man finds himself having ED problems and grows concerned that his young wife is obtaining satisfaction elsewhere. He becomes obsessed with stopping this cuckolding . . . with unexpected results.
Good Fences Aren't Enough is a sad commentary on how we can become accustomed to anything . . . and actually seek out the perverse. A new neighbor moves in and doesn't keep up the property values. Her neighbors decide to do something about it and get more than they bargained for.
Remember, I'll Always Love You reminds of the best of O'Henry's short stories. Just before he dies, a husband shares that wonderful sentiment with his wife. Only with time can she put the comment into its proper context.
I, Richard is the opposite of the last story . . . about getting a gift that you didn't want but that someone else would assume that you did. It has a wonderful background in historical references to Richard III that will appeal to those who enjoyed The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.
The weakness of the stories is that the irony is usually too easy to anticipate. For that reason, Remember, I'll Always Love You works best . . . because the irony is better disguised.
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Bits of this work are OK, but overall I think that the problem is that Elizabeth George is not really a short story writer. The stories are thin and some of the plots are stale. I enjoy the Inspector Lynley novels but I wouldn't really recommend this book.
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I did not think this was any where as good as some of the other Elizabeth George books I have read and loved.If it had been my first i would not read others.
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Good for a light bedtime read - prefer the novels.
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A gift for an avant reader
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