736 pages, 8.95 × 6.03 × 1.6 in
August 5, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0451467841
ISBN - 13: 9780451467843
Read from the Book
**This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.**The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being season’d with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? The Merchant of Venice 15 NOVEMBER EARLS COURTLONDON 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 Electr
From the Publisher
#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers a new masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers as never before.
Barbara is at a loss: Hadiyyah, the daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar, has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can’t really help. Azhar has no legal claim.
Just when Azhar is beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss, he gets more shocking news: Hadiyyah has been kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. 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 numerous suspense novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France’s Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. She lives in Washington State.
Recent Inspector Thomas Lynley novels include: Believing the Lie, This Body of Death, Careless in Red, What Came Before He Shot Her, With No One as Witness, A Place of Hiding, and A Traitor to Memory.
Praise for the #1 New York Times Bestseller Believing the Lie:
“A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail....The story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[Lynley’s] back in fine form....George has given us a story filled with sex, grit, love, and everything in between.”—The Gazette (Montreal)
“A clever story with fascinating subplots.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Masterly…an intricate crime drama.”—Marie Claire
Praise for Elizabeth George:
“A master of the English mystery.”—The New York Times
“It’s tough to resist George’s storytelling, once hooked.”—USA Today
“A superstar of the crime-fiction world…deservedly so.”—The Seattle Times
“A writer of immense power, keen intelligence, and profound sensitivity.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch