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Just one evil act, Elizabeth George

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Just one evil act
Title
Just one evil act
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Elizabeth George
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eng
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  • /* Starred Review */ This riveting tale of love, passion, and betrayal, the 18th Inspector Lynley novel from bestseller George (after 2012’s Believing the Lie), spotlights Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers. Taymullah Azhar, a science professor who’s a friend and neighbor of Havers in North London, is devastated to come home one day and discover that his nine-year-old daughter, Hadiyyah, and most of her possessions are gone. Hadiyyah’s mother, Angelina Upman, to whom Azhar was never married, has decamped to Italy with the girl. A grateful Azhar accepts Havers’s offer to act as a private detective, though her superiors resist her request for a leave of absence. Months later, when kidnappers take Hadiyyah from Angelina in an Italian marketplace, Lynley travels to Lucca, Tuscany, to look into the matter. Havers later goes AWOL to Lucca, where she seizes the initiative in the case and risks her career to persuade Scotland Yard to get involved. Fully realized Italian characters, from a lover whose face cannot hide his emotions to the charming Chief Insp. Salvatore Lo Bianco, add to the rich ensemble cast. Series fans will enjoy following Lynley and Havers on their first investigation outside the U.K., while newcomers will be just as enthralled. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 12, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 32, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The newest installment in George's Inspector Lynley series picks up directly where Believing the Lie left off. Taymullah Azhar, Sgt. Barbara Havers's friend and neighbor, has come home to an empty house. His girlfriend, Angelina, has left with their daughter, Hadiyyah, leaving no trace. Azhar has no official parental rights to Haddiyah, as he and Angelina never married. Barbara helps Azhar hire a private investigator to try to locate Angelina and Hadiyyah. Several months later, Angelina returns. She and Hadiyyah have been living in Lucca, Italy, with Angelina's Italian lover. Now Angelina claims that Hadiyyah has been kidnapped and that Azhar is behind it. In a first for George, much of the action takes place in Tuscany, with Barbara's partner, Insp. Thomas Lynley, acting as a liaison officer for Angelina and Azhar during the search for their daughter. Barbara plays the starring role in the other half of the narrative, and the reader is caught up in just how quickly she goes off the rails, professionally and ethically, in the name of friendship. VERDICT This is a must for fans of this series. The twists and turns are vintage George and do not disappoint. [See Prepub Alert, 3/18/13.]— Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. System, TX --Kristen Stewart (Reviewed August 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 14, p66)
  • Inspector Lynley returns for a bout of trans-European hijinks--his first adventure outside Old Blighty. Though an American herself, it's taken George time to build a domestic audience for her long-running Lynley series, adapted for British television and then repatriated as an occasional Masterpiece Mystery offering. George's hero is a nod to Dorothy Sayers, though Lynley, a discomfited lord working among the peasants of Scotland Yard, lacks most of Peter Wimsey's affectations. For the first time in many volumes, George again pairs Lynley with tough-talking northerner Barbara Havers, who's not always scrupulous about the letter of the law; as she tells one investigator, "I don't care if you break laws or not....Spy on anyone you need to spy on. Go through their rubbish. Hack into their mobiles and their Internet accounts. Take over their email." Rupert Murdoch would be proud, but Havers has a fraught mission: The daughter of a friend has been kidnapped in Italy, where her mother, estranged from that friend, has taken the child. Said friend, a Pakistani microbiologist, may not be entirely innocent--and in all events, it seems, shadowy parties want daughter and mother. Though the book is too long by a couple of hundred pages, George is a master of the wily plot and the timely tossed out red herring. She's also not bad at the icky but effective detail: "Maggots still writhed in the man's eyes, nose, and mouth; beetles had been feasting on his skin; mites and millipedes scurried into the open neck of his linen shirt." Yet the book goes on long enough that some of the dramatic force is blunted; it could have benefited from some economizing. Too, George falls victim to the local-color gambit, insisting that ordinary terms be put into the other language: A cellphone is a cellphone is a cellphone, so calling it a telefonino to emphasize the fact that we're in Italy is more than a touch precious. 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, August 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10219179
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DLC
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1949-
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George, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.E478
LC item number
J87 2013
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Thomas Lynley mysteries
Series volume
0018
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  • Havers, Barbara (Fictitious character)
  • Lynley, Thomas (Fictitious character)
  • Women detectives
  • Kidnapping
  • London (England)
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Just one evil act, Elizabeth George
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
723 pages
Isbn
9780525952961
Lccn
2012049712
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustration
Label
Just one evil act, Elizabeth George
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
723 pages
Isbn
9780525952961
Lccn
2012049712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustration

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