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Publisher's Summary

The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an 18-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers grapple for both a motive and a murderer. 

Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain’s foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully through the complicated terrain of human relationships while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

©2007 Elizabeth George (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Satisfying indeed. Novelist Elizabeth George...has another hit on her hands." (The Washington Post)

"A spectacular new voice in mystery writing...[George] invites comparison with both P.D. James and Ruth Rendell in the psychological interest of her characters and the intricacy and ingenuity of her plotting." (Los Angeles Times)
 

"Complex, rich, and accomplished enough to elbow the author between P.D. James and Ruth Rendell." (Kirkus Reviews

"A vivid cast of suspects, an appealing team of sleuths...a country-house setting that will put readers in mind of the best of Agatha Christie. For fans of this type of puzzle, Payment in Blood is a must." (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland)
 

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  • 07-21-20

Fantastic author and narrator

Loved it. Looking forward to follow the characters in next book. The narrator is great!