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Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George.
When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and the secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to one another.
In bestseller George's superlative 21st novel featuring Acting Det. Chief Supt. Thomas Lynley (after 2018's The Punishment She Deserves), Lynley and his team, including Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers, look into a particularly sensitive murder case during a London summer "hot enough... to make an iguana sweat." When an undercover officer who was investigating illegal Nigerian "medical services" offered at a women's health clinic in Hackney is found in a coma in her flat, she's taken to the hospital, where she dies. The autopsy reveals that a blow to her head fractured her skull. No one is in the clear as the case widens and the lies pile up. Everyone has something to hide, including the immigrant Bankole family forcing an arranged marriage on their 18-year-old son, Tanimola, and a horrific surgical procedure on their eight-year-old daughter, Simisola, in order to get a "good bride price." Established fans will be glad to see Lynley's lifelong friends, photographer Deborah St. James and her husband, Simon, lend support. Racism, sexism, class, blackmail, and cultures clash in explosive ways. This is a memorable addition to a series that has aged well and promises more. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group.