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Publisher's Summary

In her most eagerly anticipated novel yet, Elizabeth George brings back Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley to investigate a ruthless crime. After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, no matter how exhausting his days, the painful memories of Helen's death do not diminish.
On the 43rd day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. The closest town, better known for its tourists and its surfing than its intrigue, seems an unlikely place for murder. However, it soon becomes apparent that a clever killer is indeed at work, and this time Lynley is not a detective but a witness and possibly a suspect.
The head of the vastly understaffed local police department needs Lynley's help, though, especially when it comes to the mysterious, secretive woman whose cottage lies not far from where the body was discovered. But can Lynley let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and carefully planned crime?
Investigate another case with Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley.
©2008 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 10-04-08

A bit of a disappointment

I read all of the early Elizabeth George mysteries, but hadn't read or listened to several of the latest, so thought I'd try this one. The narrator was very good, but while the story was overall enjoyable, very little of the detective work really had any linkage to the "solution" that is eventually revealed. The murder and investigation seemed more of a backdrop for exploring the internal and interpersonal issues of the investigators. When the end arrived, it seemed abrupt and I actually said "That's IT?" As always, Elizabeth George gives us characters with real depth and believable complexity. There's just too much of the storyline that ends up having no real connection to the murder or its solution.

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2 out of 5 stars
By D. Thomas on 06-11-08

less than the sum of its parts

I agree with previous reviewers that it can be difficult to follow the entire list of characters, but that's not the real problem I have with this book. It feels like the author was given the challenge of using every plot twist or scheme one could think of in just one story. Let's see, we've got jilted lovers, not one but two (or is it three?) love triangles, jealous lovers, hidden pasts, not one but TWO mysterious deaths, love/hate father-son relationships (again, more than one), an ex-cop destroyed by the loss of his wife, incest, sexual abuse, old/young sexual reltionships, repressed dreams imposed (and denied) one's children. I mean, come ON! It felt a lot more like a sampler than a cohesive story. I can't recommend it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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