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- #14: What Came Before He Shot Her: A Lynley Novel (Paperback): $16.99
- #15: Careless in Red: A Lynley Novel (Paperback): $17.99
- #16: This Body of Death: A Lynley Novel (Paperback): $17.99
From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George, a stunning mystery featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley that explores the perfect crime—now available as a limited Olive Edition from Harper Perennial.
Devastated by the senseless murder of his wife, Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, the painful memories do not diminish.
Then, at the base of a cliff near a town better known for its surfing than its intrigue, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who has fallen to his death. First a witness, then a suspect when the hand of a killer is revealed, Lynley remains, above all, a policeman willing to aid the gruff head of an understaffed local constabulary in her investigation. But the secrets in this community run dark and deep—and Lynley must somehow find a way to let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and dreadful crime.
About the Author
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.
“One of the most powerful, beautifully nuanced and honest novels to appear in ages. . . . A portrayal of love and loss and secrets and family . . . I didn’t want it to end. When it does, this time most readers will be smiling.”
— Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
“Will make new readers instant fans who will then be tempted to read all of George’s Lynley novels.”
— USA Today
“One of George’s best books in years. . . . George plays the cross-eddies of a dozen or so characters, making each so vivid. . . . The return is to be immersed in a small village in Cornwall in which everyone’s life becomes an open book.”
— Daily News (New York)
“A tale of fathers and son, of revenge served cold, and perhaps, of the perfect crime. But at its heart, it’s a meditation on the importance of fighting every day for even a single, tiny scrap of redemption.”
— Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“Readers who value writing that is intelligent, surprising, sexy, funny, compassionate and wise should find Careless in Red a delight.”
— Washington Post
“As is her wont, George will wrench your heart and return it enriched.”
— Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Stick with Careless in Red for the deftly drawn local characters, the alluring descriptions of Cornish country and custom, and for a fiendishly clever surprising ending.”
— News & Observer (Raleigh)
“Elizabeth George’s Careless in Red is a mystery wrapped in a psychological enigma, which has become true to form for Ms. George....the classic scene of her favorite detective team probing the whys and hows of violent death, yet she has put a twist in that trail....It’s a chaotic and fascinating mix of the kind of which Ms. George excels and she manages to tantalize the reader....Ms. George has outdone herself.”
— Washington Times
“Careless in Red is no mere whodunnit. Everyone in this novel has something to hide and something to admit....George lifts us up again. There is hope of renewal, if only we are strong enough to accept it.”
— St. Petersburg Times
“Intricate, deeply satisfying.”
— Strand magazine
“As readers of George’s top-notch mysteries have come to expect, the plotlines are dense, the characters complex, and there are enough dark secrets to fill Pandora’s box.”
— Christian Science Monitor