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Just One Evil Act Audiobook

Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George offers the latest in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story featuring fan favorite Barbara Havers.

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers 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. As she attempts to navigate the complicated waters of doing anything for the case against her superior's orders, her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, is dispatched to Italy as the liaison between the Italian police and Hadiyyah's distraught parents.

In time, both Barbara and Lynley discover that the case is far more complex than just a kidnapping, revealing secrets about Angelina; her new lover, Lorenzo; and even Azhar - secrets Barbara may not be willing to accept. 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.

©2013 Elizabeth George (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 07-30-15
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 07-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ANOTHER WASTE OF TIME"

    What is up with Elizabeth George recently? Her last FIVE books have been awful. The hard copy versions can be better used a toilet paper!!! I went back and re-read George's earlier books in this series. Some are several decades old but one can see how much better this author was in her prime. These recent books have convoluted story lines, way too many characters (most forgettable), and all are just too long. The earlier books are abridged and, while I usually hate abridged books, it is the only solution for Elizabeth George's books. She wastes hours with characters pondering, speculating, daydreaming, wondering, analyzing, considering, brooding, reflecting, mulling over, deliberating, cogitating on, puzzling, contemplating, ruminating, musing, dwelling on, reviewing, overthinking, etc., etc., etc.!!! None of which has anything to do with the story. And there's often only one or two murders but it takes George 24 audio hours to wrap the mystery up. Agatha Christie killed off about 10 people in 6 hours in "And Then There Were None"! A much better book, by the way. Several listeners have complained about the abridged versions but they obviously haven't had the torture of listening to 18 hours of minutiae in a 24 hour unabridged Inspector Lynley book. I have read and/or listened to all 18 of this series and I can state unequivocally that the earlier books and the abridged versions are so much better.

    As for this one, it's more about DS Barbara Havers than Inspector Thomas Lynley. Personally I think it's time for DS. Havers to have her own series. However, this story has very little to do with New Scotland Yard as Barbara has gone rogue, investigating a domestic "kidnapping" on her own. What makes this book a 1 star effort is because I can't give it NO STARS!!! Once again, George's racism is on full blast, this time directed at a Pakistani chemistry professor whose biggest mistake is impregnating a white woman. The fact that she is as cray-cray as hell is less important than his "brown skin".

    Much of the story takes place in Italy. Rather than establish that fact to the reader in the beginning, then express the action and dialogue in English, for some bizarro reason, George wrote these parts in Italian! We are left to guess what is going on! I've read tens of thousands books in my lifetime and I've never come across anything like this! That's why the book is so long - at least 1/3 is in Italian. You need to pay for language lessons from Rosetta Stone to understand this book! Donna Leon's "Commissario Guido Brunetti" series takes place in Venice but we aren't forced to learn both Italian and Venetian in order to enjoy her great crime mystery series.

    What the hell is going on with Elizabeth George?!? Even if she's slipping artistically, her editors and publishers, along with Audible.com, should be exercising some kind of quality control. She's only 66 years old but she is writing like someone who is 85 with dementia! I'm 65 and still sharp enough to see that something is very wrong. Elizabeth George has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time. One bad book wasn't enough for me to let her go. But I've just listened to FIVE in her Inspector Lynley series - both early and recent releases. She has seriously dropped the literary ball.......

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    Alice Harbin Northern MI USA 08-26-17
    Alice Harbin Northern MI USA 08-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just One Evil Act"

    This book created real characters that became friends. I didn't always understand them, but I was piqued to try.

    The plot was deliberately convoluted and not at all predictable. Eventually everything falls into place and things work out better than I expected.

    I am new to listening to a book, and I found it more of an adjustment than I expected.

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    Ccrtapper 11-17-16
    Ccrtapper 11-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disturbingly innacurate pronunciation of Italian dialogue marred performance and enjoyment of the book"

    I normally find Ms Porter a delightful narrator, but she did not receive adequate coaching in pronunciation of Italian dialogue, of which there was unfortunately a lot. Anyone who knows Italian must grimace at her attempts at accurate pronunciation. It would have been better to have a different narrator, conversant with Italian, to read the dialogue. Otherwise, the book and narration were very good.

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    Amazon Customer 11-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Annoying"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

    Elizabeth George is dependable. She always writes excellent crime stories and this is another.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    The reader reads well fr most of the book but the reader of this book needs to speak Italian. Davina Porter does not and this is painfully obvious. This makes part of the book most annoying.


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    Amazon Customer 06-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "How Havers Hustled"

    I can't wait to see how this novel affects the character of Havers in the future.

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    Michelle Indianer Los Gatos, Ca. 04-07-16
    Michelle Indianer Los Gatos, Ca. 04-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    ",,perhaps the best in the series"

    everything was excellent. great narrative twists and turns. Putting Barbara Havers in Italy was a brilliat touch. the perormance was outstanding.

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    D. 04-02-16
    D. 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hang in there it's all worth it by the end"

    I am a big fan of this series. This book concerned me in the beginning. Some of the plot seemed much too obvious and I was tempted to be disappointed feeling like it was so clear where the story was heading. However, this author is truly excellent and nothing was as it seemed. Very very good book, and another great adventure for all the beloved characters in this series

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    Gail J Elverd Sharjah, UAE 02-29-16
    Gail J Elverd Sharjah, UAE 02-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing ."

    The author turned slightly quirky characters in the first book to bizarre caricatures. If one wishes for a lesson in Italian then this is not the way to learn.

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    mary Rodriguez 02-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Could hardly stop listening !"

    Barbara Havers is my latest hero! Love the Italy setting and the characters such a passionate mystery

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    Linda W. 02-09-16
    Linda W. 02-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "struggled to follow story line"

    I love E.George's books, but this was a Mish mash of to many languages/characters. The story line was to broken up with dialects and characters. Could not follow the story line clearly.

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