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Deception On His Mind

by Elizabeth George

Random House Publishing Group | October 6, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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Balford-le-Nez is a dying seatown on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town''s small but growing Asian community, is found dead on its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. Working solo, without her long-time partner Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but the terrible price people pay for deceiving others...and themselves.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: October 6, 1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553575090

ISBN - 13: 9780553575095

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Deception On His Mind

Deception On His Mind

by Elizabeth George

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: October 6, 1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553575090

ISBN - 13: 9780553575095

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To Ian Armstrong, life had begun its current downward slide the moment he''d been made redundant. He''d known when he''d been offered the job that it was only a temporary appointment. The advertisement he''d answered had not indicated otherwise, and no offer of a contract had ever been made him. Still, when two years passed without a whisper of unemployment in the offing, Ian had unwisely learned to hope, which hadn''t been much of a good idea. Ian''s penultimate foster mother would have greeted the news of his job loss by munching on a shortbread finger and proclaiming, "Well, you can''t change the wind, can you, my lad? When it blows over cow dung, a wise man holds his nose." She would have poured tepid tea into a glass--she never used a teacup--and she would have sloshed it down. She would have gone on to say, "Ride the horse that''s got its saddle on, lad," and she would have returned to perusing her latest copy of Hello!, admiring its photos of well-groomed nobs living the good life in posh London flats and on country estates. This would be her way of telling Ian to accept his fate, her unsubtle message that the good life was not for the likes of him. But Ian had never aspired to the good life. All he''d ever sought was acceptance, and he pursued it with the passion of an unadopted and unadoptable child. What he wanted was simple: a wife, a family, and the security of knowing that he had a future somewhat more promising than the grimness of his past.
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Balford-le-Nez is a dying seatown on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town''s small but growing Asian community, is found dead on its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. Working solo, without her long-time partner Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but the terrible price people pay for deceiving others...and themselves.

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"One of George's best... insightful, tense and compassionate."-Entertainment Weekly

"Deception on His Mind falls smartly into place in [George's] literate, impassioned series, one of today's best."-Chicago Tribune

"Typically extravagant: long on ambition, long on characterization...it's tough to resist the pull of George's storytelling once hooked."-USA Today

"So much fun to read, it's criminal."-Newsday

About the Author

Elizabeth George's first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honored with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel Awards and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Her third novel, Well-Schooled in Murder, was awarded the prestigious German prize for suspense fiction, the MIMI. A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, Deception on His Mind, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, A Traitor to Memory, and I, Richard were international bestsellers. Elizabeth George divides her time between Huntington Beach, California, and London. Her novels are currently being dramatized by the BBC.


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From Our Editors

A sleepy Essex fishing village ignites when a local immigrant is found dead on the beach. Sergeant Barbara Havers probes a deceptively complex and highly personal case that reveals the terrible price people pay for deceiving others and themselves.

Editorial Reviews

"One of George''s best... insightful, tense and compassionate."-Entertainment Weekly

"Deception on His Mind falls smartly into place in [George''s] literate, impassioned series, one of today''s best."-Chicago Tribune

"Typically extravagant: long on ambition, long on characterization...it''s tough to resist the pull of George''s storytelling once hooked."-USA Today

"So much fun to read, it''s criminal."-Newsday
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