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For the Sake of Elena Paperback – 31 May 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (31 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553561278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553561272
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,245,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ingenious; very well and subtly done (Sunday Times )

This excellent thriller is fast paced and believable with strong, well-rounded characters and an absorbing background (Today)

Cunningly deceptive (Scotsman) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The fifth novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery series, reissed in dramatic new cover look. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A Cambridge student is killed violently while out running one morning and Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Caught up in university politics, local affairs, and the unravelling of more than one marriage, Lynley and Havers have to negotiate their way very carefully to find a solution.

Having just read George's latest This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16), this book, published in 1992, feels much simpler in tone and structure, a testament to the way the author has developed. Set before Lynley's marriage to the irritating and unbelievable Helen (who is called Lady Helen everytime she appears - even though her sister is always just Penelope, or Pen), the relationship between him and Havers seems far more down to earth and jokey, with none of the almost awed respect of the later books.

But George is already expanding the genre to discuss social issues in an unforced and natural way: here she touches on ideas of social `normality' in the context of being deaf or gay; and also focuses on marriage, gendered expectations, and the fissures between people.

I have to admit that I found the murderer and the motive utterly unconvincing (hence the dropping of one star) - but that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of a rich, detailed and compelling story.
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Elizabeth George's best novel - takes a number of very different aspects of women's experiences and weaves them into both a gripping detective story and a multi-layered analysis of women's different roles. I have read all her books and many many more of this genre. This is outstanding and memorable.
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This is the first Elizabeth George book I've read and I was very impressed. The characters were all vivid and the plot was interesting and kept me guessing all the way through.
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This was the first Elizabeth George book I read and I loved it. Well written, pacy, plenty of suspects and interesting examinations of why people behave to each other as they do. Not much of that fanciful rubbish about the English aristocracy that mars the other books in the series I've since read either - it took me a while to realise that Lynley is meant to be an Earl from this one (an Earl? in the police force? yeah, right...). Buy this one but only borrow the others....
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Those who are familiar with Cambridge will feel at home when they read about the Engineering Labs near Coe Fen and Garrett Hostel Bridge with the fictitious St. Stephen's College nearby But who killed the student runner in the dank early morning is a mystery. There are a few possibilities but as each is explored the number and the motives get wider. They all have different connections with Elena but none could have wished he dead - or have effected the way she had been killed. The life of each person is real in its own setting and to read of them is interesting in itself. This is a long and enjoyable read with a credible, but not happy, conclusion.
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I think that some of the characters are very clichéd . Too much class distinction which was not relevant to the era of the time that it was written. Overlong, which I feel is a fault of all of the books, but excellent plots with many clues.
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Young, beautiful, successful at school, daddy's girl gets brutally murdered.Her background, her life at the public school, her relationships with friends and family gets dug into by Lynley and Havers. One small detail after another, they dig out the real story, the real person behind all the superlatives and find a girl far different from her father's ideals.
What was thought to be an impersonal random slaying turns into
something intricately more complicated, as they find more and more persons with motives. She really wasn't liked at all.

One of George's best, it kept me guessing right up to the end.
Lynley and, especially, Havers are brilliantly depicted.
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So far so good, an enjoyable read up to Elizabeth George standard. You know Havers is going to look a heap and Lynley terribly well bred, but somehow they always come up with the goods and never get promotion.
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