- 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)
For the Sake of Elena Paperback – 31 May 1994
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the twists and turns of a great plot one expects from this wonderful author. Even if you have enjoyed the tv series, the book is better.Published 10 months ago by TRev
I bought this book secondhand but really pleased with the condition. Very intriguing story.Published 11 months ago by joanne e stephenson
Creepy but brilliant story. Haven't read a dud one of hers yet.Published 15 months ago by juliet paul