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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth George returns with another character-driven crime drama featuring beloved characters Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. 

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal detective sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time. 

Both a gripping listen and a deeply complex story of revenge and redemption, this novel will be remembered as one of George's best. 

©2018 Elizabeth George (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Let's face it, Simon Vance is a rock star. His performance of this complex and multifaceted murder mystery is vivid and perfectly paced....A clever puzzle, brilliantly read." (AudioFile)

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Time heals old wounds

After George killed off Helen, I avoided her following books. Friends encouraged me to give her another try so I listened to the previous book in this series and found it ok. Enough ok to purchase this book. I truly enjoyed The Punishment She Deserves from start to finish. I am past the death of Helen, I like these characters and was happy to spend twenty hours getting to know them again. Simon Vance is outstanding as always. It's a good mystery although easy to figure out, but the story is the thing, not so much the who done it.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Hurrah! Elizabeth George Is Back in Top Form!

This book is fantastic. I have read or listened to nearly all of George's Lynley books, and this is my new favorite. I am so relieved and happy because the past several books had shown a decline. I won't go into that now, but want to say how superb this one is. The story is--as usual--very complex and character-driven. The multiple human actions and motivations that lead to a crime are threaded through the narrative in just the right way so that each plotline reaches its climax in the last part of the book. What is so wonderful here is that the characters' actions are completely plausible as well as fascinating. There is a theme beneath the various storylines that is never hit upon directly but is there for the attentive reader to think about. George plies her characteristic technique of going into the minds of multiple characters with the utmost skill and a deeply satisfying result. Several important storylines (for Lynley, Havers, and Isabel) are advanced to believable and deeply moving positions.

The narration by Simon Vance is first-rate. Male and female characters are brought to life with ease.

My only sadness is that now I have a long time to wait for her next one!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous

I have missed Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers. This was a glorious moment of reacquaintance. Top notch from start to finish.

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Lots Going On

I loved this book! I have to say that I'm a fan of Elizabeth George and all of the Lindley characters, so I was predisposed to a positive reaction. However, setting that aside, the story was well thought out and the personalities introduced as part of the narrative were interesting and complex.

Readers who've been following the series should be thrilled, but it's easy enough for first-timers to catch up. Highly recommend!

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Involving story of contemporary sex crime

This is a good one with Barbara and Lynley and the alcoholic Isabel working on a case in the provinces where police misconduct is suspected. I’m almost ready to forgive Elizabeth George for killing off Helen eight or 10 books ago.

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another Adventure with Lynley!

the plot is full of twists and turns and the characters are well developed as usual. a great listen.

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One of Elizabeth George’s Best

I really enjoyed this book in fact I found it hard to stop listening . All the main characters story lines have been moved on and the book itself was gripping , the narration was perfect and so I think this is one of the best in the Inspector Lynley series.

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Grrrreat!!!!!!!!

Wonderful addition to the series. Simon Vance knocked it out of the park....tone, pace, voices -- all of it.

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Just loved this book!

I tried to make the book last but it simply wasn't possible.
Barbara and her tap dancing were utterly hilarious and charming. Complex human circumstances and challenges.
Now, the waiting for another book begin.

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I Lynley & Barbara

I love the Lynley books and this one was good, mostly. Being honest the first half and the last eighth was good. Definitely could have done without so much detail of a bunch of college students, that mostly felt like and it would have been much more enjoyable without it. Still a good story overall and as always, Simon Vance is amazing.

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