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#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Punishment She Deserves Elizabeth George has millions of fans following her Inspector Lynley series. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

Deborah's investigation of the prime suspect--Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict--leads her to Nicholas's wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim's bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family's veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 10
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Lynley fan ,

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George has written another interesting page turner. However, I can't help but remember back to the earlier Inspector Lynley books - the wonderful character development of this thoughtful and kind man, the developing love relationship between Lynley and Helen, and his appreciative and accepting team-up with Barbara Havers. In this new book George seems to have felt that she needed to include all kinds of sexual arrangements and dialogue to interest the reader. She included everything from nymphomania and marital affairs to homosexuality, identity gender disorder and child pornography. I missed the educated, high classed, well-bred inspector who preferred solving crimes to an indolent life of luxury. There is an ample amount of human motivation and behavior to make a good story without having to haul out so much of the seamier side of life! Actually this book was less about Inspector Lynley and more about a number of disturbed and not very admirable characters!

baloonstick ,


I agree wholly with the first reviewer. I can't add anything will only add that I, too am a huge fan and will wait hopefully for yet another Linley book that hearkens back to "nobler" times.

Minbri ,

Another literary success

As always, Elizabeth George manages to introduce characters so individually real that one almost expects to run into them unexpectedly and to know them as if long time acquaintances. The continuing background drama of Tommy, Barbara, Deborah, and St. James provides a familiarity that makes it hard to wait for the next book to unfold. Each challenge awaiting these four seems so uniquely different that it is hard to imagine what she will think of next. Yet the situations are believable -- but never predictable.

Another winner and one that is highly recommended.

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