736 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 2 in
October 15, 2013
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0525952969
ISBN - 13: 9780525952961
Read from the Book
15 NovemberEarls CourtLondonSitting 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’s Broads. Her actual name was Daidre Trahair, she was a large animal veterinarian employed at
From the Publisher
#1 New York Times bestselling author of A Banquet of Consequences 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.
Praise for Just One Evil Act:"Riveting tale of love, passion, and betrayal...series fans will enjoy following Lynley and Havers on their first investigation outside the U.K., while newcomers will be just as enthralled." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Just One Evil Act [is] among the most demanding and satisfying of the many detective novels by Elizabeth George." - Wall Street Journal"A serious, suspenseful, thought-provoking and heart-rending novel." - Richmond Times Dispatch“George is a master of the wily plot and the timely tossed out red herring… George’s fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, she’s quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley—well, he’s as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word.” - Kirkus Reviews"This is a must for fans of this series. Twists and turns are vintage George and do not disappoint." - Library Journal Praise for Elizabeth George: "Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world."—The Seattle Times"A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction." —People“Definitely a literary force to be reckoned with.” – Suspense Magazine“It’s tough to resist George’s storytelling, once hooked.” – USA Today“Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare.” – The Wall Street Journal on Careless in Red“As always, George’s subplots provide…engrossing moments and memorable characters.” – Chicago Tribune on A Traitor to Memory“Crime writing at its best.” – The Courier-Mail