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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date: June 2001 ISBN: 9780553755152
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When Eugenie Davies is killed by a driver on a quiet London street, her death is clearly no accident. Someone struck her with a car and then deliberately ran over her body before driving off, leaving nothing behind but questions.

What brought Eugenie Davies to London on a rainy autumn night? Why was she carrying the name of the man who found her body? Who among the many acquaintances in her complicated and tragic life could have wanted her dead? And could her murder have some connection to a twenty-eight-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist who several months earlier suddenly and inexplicably lost the ability to play a single note?

For Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, whose own domestic life is about to change radically, these questions are only the first in an investigation that leads him to walk a fine line between personal loyalty and professional honor.

Assigned to the case by his superior, Superintendent Malcolm Webberly, Lynley learns that Webberly's first murder investigation as a DI over twenty years ago involved Eugenie Davies and a sensational criminal trial. Yet what is truly damaging is what Webberly already knows and no doubt wants Lynley to keep concealed.

Now the pressure is on Lynley to find Eugenie Davies' killer. For not only is he putting his own career into jeopardy, but he is also attempting to safeguard the careers of his longtime partners Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. Together, they must untangle the dark secrets and darker passions of a family whose history conceals the truth behind a horrific crime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Main Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club and Mystery Guild
    An Alternate Selection of The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club
  • This can only add to her growing reputation as doyenne of English mystery novelists. ... [S]ome particularly moving moments. Publishers Weekly
  • "A superbly paced, all-consuming treat.... George has the ability to display and then dissect her characters in a painfully realistic way. If dogged police work is what you demand from mysteries, hit the sidewalk with these complicated British detectives. USA Today
  • Wrenching ... George still stands several rungs up the ladder from her more superficial rivals. Kirkus Reviews
  • Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published. Entertainment Weekly
  • A master of the British mystery. The New York Times
  • Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare. The Wall Street Journal
  • It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked. USA Today
  • George is a master.... She upholds the English tradition beautifully. Chicago Tribune
  • George explores her characters' dreams and fears with a penetrating grace that makes reading her books a joy. The Washington Post Book World
  • A fascinating list of subjects ... wrenching stories ... George conveys them all with exceptional grace. People

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Carusi | 2/16/2014

    " This book was a fascinating look into the life of a virtuoso and his family. Elizabeth George delves so deeply into the inner lives of her characters and their motivations and is a brilliant mystery writer and this is one of my favorites! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/16/2014

    " Too long! Too many people! Drop off ending, leaving all those characters in a lurch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/31/2014

    " I have read several of Elizsabeth George's books and usually enjoy them, for some reason i did not rate this one very highly and was pleased to get to the end of it, i found the story which had several threads all coming toghether at the end just to long and cumbersome, and i just wanted them to get on with it, it had several characters in who were just superflous to the plot, the switch between narrative and the diary was annoying, there was to much toing and froing between Gideon and his father, i just found it annoying and very slow going. Gideon seemed to be the main character in the plot and all the other characters pushed to the side, by the end of the book i found i did not really care who did it !! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 1/20/2014

    " A convoluted mystery told in a convoluted way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/6/2014

    " Another good mystery from the Lynley series. One of the most interesting cases so far IMO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/4/2014

    " Great plot, as with all George's books, the characters are so real you can picture every move through the story. Great plot, I couldn't guess the ending. But then I'm a big fan of Elizabeth George and Inspector Lynley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beowulfwulf | 1/1/2014

    " Linley et Havers, le duo improbable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Howard | 12/23/2013

    " For the first 1003 pages of this book, it was a 5 star. Then there were those last 3 pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/21/2013

    " This was a very good novel. All the usual characters were present - and the plot was excellent. Convoluted, but it kept me interested and guessing for the whole book. It was one of the longest I've read - over 1000 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keryn | 10/14/2013

    " While maintaining my high regard for Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley books, I found this one weaker than usual mainly because of the ongoing one-sided psychological conversation that wove through the storyline, with much smaller roles played by Havers and Lynley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/16/2013

    " Set in Hampstead, this 11th in the series where the victim has been run over by a car not once but twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 7/8/2013

    " Another good mystery - less about Havers and Lynley and more about the "criminals". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/18/2013

    " Despite being sure how this book would play out I really enjoy the way Elizabeth George tells her stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 11/19/2012

    " A very good Inspector Lynley mystery but it was way too long (700+ pages). Wished there had been more Lynley in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 9/18/2012

    " Quite good, but it's been awhile since I read it so I don't remember too many details, except that Lynley's supervisor's affair from 15+ years ago comes to light, and the death of a small child who died decades ago is tied into a string of deaths today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 9/17/2012

    " Love all the Elizabeth George books. Full of psychology, great characters, good tension. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 9/12/2012

    " This one was harder for me to read of her books. There was no resolution in the end, not that there really could be, but it was emotionally draining. I also found the format - switching between the narrative and the diary distracting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/26/2012

    " What can I say? Another GREAT book by Elizabeth George. In this one she explores father/son / parent/child relationships, the importance of honesty in relationships and more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Gosslin | 8/22/2012

    " A many-faceted mystery that unravels a twenty-year-old murder in order to find out why the hit-and-run deaths are occurring today. This outing involves a violin prodigy who's lost his musical ability. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth George is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels of psychological suspense, as well as young-adult novels, nonfiction, and short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha Awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany’s prestigious prize for suspense fiction.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an audiobook narrator and winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.