#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Punishment She Deserves Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers as never before.
Barbara is at a loss: Hadiyyah, the daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar, has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can’t really help. Azhar has no legal claim.
Just when Azhar is beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss, he gets more shocking news: Hadiyyah has been kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.
This riveting tale of love, passion, and betrayal, the 18th Inspector Lynley novel from bestseller George (after 2012 s Believing the Lie), spotlights Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers. Taymullah Azhar, a science professor who s a friend and neighbor of Havers in North London, is devastated to come home one day and discover that his nine-year-old daughter, Hadiyyah, and most of her possessions are gone. Hadiyyah s mother, Angelina Upman, to whom Azhar was never married, has decamped to Italy with the girl. A grateful Azhar accepts Havers s offer to act as a private detective, though her superiors resist her request for a leave of absence. Months later, when kidnappers take Hadiyyah from Angelina in an Italian marketplace, Lynley travels to Lucca, Tuscany, to look into the matter. Havers later goes AWOL to Lucca, where she seizes the initiative in the case and risks her career to persuade Scotland Yard to get involved. Fully realized Italian characters, from a lover whose face cannot hide his emotions to the charming Chief Insp. Salvatore Lo Bianco, add to the rich ensemble cast. Series fans will enjoy following Lynley and Havers on their first investigation outside the U.K., while newcomers will be just as enthralled.
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Just One Evil Act
Every Lynley book has been worse than the one before, and this one is absolutely awful. The so-called mystery is trivial and uninteresting, even more so than before. While that may be OK since that is not really the strength of George, the characters have now become parodies of themselves. Hopefully this is will really be the end of the Lynley’s series. Too bad George did not have enough sense to stick to her words the first time she said she would stop writing the series.
Good, but hard to believe
Deeply involving, and engaging, but somewhat flawed by pretty unbelievable plot. I won't give away the story, but If Havers had gone any further off the reservation, she'd wound up on mars.
Just One Evil Act
A great read as usual, loved the convoluted ending, BUT, and there always is one. Would have appreciated definitions of the Italian words, would that be so hard to do?