Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel

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Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel

by Elizabeth George

DUTTON ADULT | October 15, 2013 | Hardcover

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers like never before.

Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help—Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.

Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. The Italian police are investigating, and the Yard won't get involved, until Barbara takes matters into her own hands — at the risk of her own career. 

As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.  With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she's willing to go to protect it.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 736 pages, 3.76 × 2.51 × 0.83 in

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: DUTTON ADULT

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525952969

ISBN - 13: 9780525952961

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Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel

by Elizabeth George

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 736 pages, 3.76 × 2.51 × 0.83 in

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: DUTTON ADULT

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525952969

ISBN - 13: 9780525952961

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15 November Earls Court London Sitting on a plastic chair inside Brompton Hall among a crowd of two hundred shouting individuals—?­all dressed in what had to be called alternative garb—?­was the last thing Thomas Lyn­ley had ever expected to find himself doing. Edgy music was blasting from speakers the size of a tower block on Miami Beach. A food stall was doing a very brisk business in hot dogs, popcorn, lager, and soft drinks. A female announcer was periodically shrieking above the din to call out scores and name penalties. And ten helmeted women on roller skates were racing round a flat ring delineated with tape on the concrete floor. It was supposed to be an exhibition match only: something to educate the populace in the finer points of women’s flat track roller derby. But it was a case of tell-­that-­to-­the-­players, for the women engaged in the bout were deadly serious. They had intriguing names. All of them were printed, along with suitably menacing photos, in the programmes that had been distrib­uted as spectators took their seats. Lynley had chuckled as he’d read each nom de guerre. Vigour Mortis. The Grim Rita. Grievous Bodily Charm. He was there because of one of the women, Kickarse Electra. She skated not with the local team—?­London’s the Electric Magic—?­but rather with the team from Bristol, a savage-looking group of females who went by the alliterative collective Boadicea&
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers like never before.

Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help—Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.

Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. The Italian police are investigating, and the Yard won't get involved, until Barbara takes matters into her own hands — at the risk of her own career. 

As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.  With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she's willing to go to protect it.

About the Author

ELIZABETH GEORGE is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen suspense novels, one young adult novel,
one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. She lives in Washington State.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Believing the Lie : "A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail...The terrain and the weather are objective correlatives to the characters'' stormy patches. Meanwhile, the story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways." — The Wall Street Journal "Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tails always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries." — The Seattle Times "Devilishly complicated." — Entertainment Weekly "A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction." — People "George''s...ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work....A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies." — Richmond Times-Dispatch “This is one of her best.” – Daily American on Believing the Lie “George’s many fans…will be thrilled with this new episode in the lives of her lovable cast of characters.” – Library Journal on Believing the Lie “ Believing the Lie is so fascinating that even at a thunder
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