When an adolescent boy's nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of a tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize this as the work of a serial killer. This is the fourth victim in three months, but the first to be white.
Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized racism in its failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard hands the case over to Lynley and his colleagues. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. Worse, a devastating tragedy within the police ranks causes them to fumble in their pursuit of him.
With a surprise ending that will shock readers to the core, With No One as Witness is full of the mesmerizing action and psychological intrigue that are the hallmarks of Elizabeth George's work and continue to prove that she is "a master of the English mystery" (New York Times).
©2005 Elizabeth George; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"This is a riveting installment in a superb series - far more than just plain good." (Booklist)
"Crime fans will find plenty of forensic minutiae and details of police bureaucracy and politics, but it's characterization at which George really excels....This is an outstanding and explosive addition to a popular series." (Publishers Weekly)
I am SO disappointed in Audible. I did not realize this was abridged; what's the point? I'm almost through it and there's nothing of the character development that's supposed to be here.
I wish I had read the description more carefully. I just wasted a purchase.
And they won't let me give it zero stars.
Like other reviewers, I was extremely disappointed when I realized that this was an abridged version of this work (yes, I should have noted this before I made the purchase but didn't). Whereas certain books can be read/listened to in abridged format without loss of content, because of the manner in which Ms. George develops her characters, this is not one of them. My hope is that Audible or some other service will see fit to issue an unabridged version of this book. In the meantime, I will wait (or read the book) rather than listen to the abridged work.
ALTHOUGH I LIKE ELIZABETH GEORGE AND HER CHARACTER SUPERINTENDANT LINLEY I FOUND THIS BOOK VERY DISSAPOINTING AND BORING. I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT IT WAS ABRIDGED AND THEREFORE MUCH OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLOT AND CHARACTERS WAS MISSING. I WOULD NOT WASTE MY TIME ON THIS IF I HAD ANOTHER CHANCE.
I love this series, but who would have contracted a reader who makes Lindley sound like an old slightly crotchety man. Yuk. He is supposed to be young cultured and vital.
I love the Linley series but was disappointed with this narrator - too old to represent Linley. I alsp prefer reading without music...they're distracting.
As a fan of Elizabeth George, I enjoyed this book. However, the change in the narration between the narrator in this book and different narrators in other books resulted in subtle differences. Some of the characters just didn't speak the same (inflection, emotion towards other characters). With the old narrator, I'd have given it 4 stars.
I love Elizabeth George. Her last book really disappointed me and I am glad to see this one did not. My main problem with the book was the fact that it was abridged. I truly do not like abridged books and usually do not listen to them. The book was great. I just wish the majority of all the books were unabridged. I don't know what I missed in this great book.
I was so glad to see a new Elizabeth George title on Audible! This is one of her best, in my opinion. Those who follow the series will be familiar with the mix of the mystery that faces the detectives and their personal lives, and this one is no exception. It contains a key, life-altering event for Detective Lynley.
I LOVE Elizabeth George, and have read each and every Thomas Linley novel. She never disappoints: she is a very good writer with a flair for character and plotting rare to find in mysteries, without seeming mannered or gimmicky. The narration is first-rate.
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