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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781101538425
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After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. With Believing the Lie, she’s poised to gain 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’ 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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail…The terrain and the weather are objective correlatives to the characters’ stormy patches. Meanwhile, the story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tails always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Devilishly complicated.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction.”

    People

  • “George’s…ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work…A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Selected for the January 2012 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/15/2014

    " Tried to read this book for 300 pages. Nothing ever happened. Please come back Elizabeth George! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Red Fields | 2/3/2014

    " Despite being engrossed in the story as I was reading it, I am ultimately disappointed. It was a bit over the top amd the main '''mystery'' was not satisfying. Lynley and Havers don't seem like their usual selves and I miss them. Blecch to Lynley's love life in the last two books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 1/27/2014

    " As a former George addict ( her first few books were simply great reads) I was so disinterested in both plot and characters that I decided not to waste my time. Apparently, Ms George feels her name will sell anything but this book fails in so many ways. My advice:read only the first six or so of the series and don't encourage these word processor books by established authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K D | 1/25/2014

    " This is typical ELizabeth George, but for such a long read, the ending was disappointingly anti-climatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SeaCee | 1/18/2014

    " I've read all of Ms. George's books, with the exception of the one. This was just okay for me. Not my favorite. I would love to see her write another one that focuses mainly on the lives of her central characters. They are the reason I read her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Nelson | 1/14/2014

    " Elizabeth George is a good writer who continues her series with Inspector Lynley. The "who done it" sort of peters out toward the end of this book and becomes rather farfetched, but her characters are continue with their same habits and quirks. Way too long, at almost 600 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/13/2014

    " Slow starting, but became a page turner as it went on. Do think that Deborah would have been more self-aware...but then I've been that untuned in to my own motivations so who knows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 1/3/2014

    " I thought that this particular Elizabeth George novel wasn't nearly as good as usual; enjoyable but lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marijane | 12/22/2013

    " I always enjoy the Inspector Lynley series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/17/2013

    " I did enjoy this 600+ page tome, but on reflection I think it could have done with more editing and fewer subplots. The ending does leave me waiting for the next installment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delyse Richards | 11/4/2013

    " A brilliant book full of intrigue and many sub plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zanna Evans | 11/3/2013

    " There were too many plots and I think they all lacked a little depth because of this. Was more like reading a soap opera and at times i wanted to slap a character silly Still enjoyed the read and Havers looks like she could be the centre of the next book which was the salvation at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 9/20/2013

    " What a treat!! I could not put it down. As mysteries go it had all the ingredients that I love as well as the characters that George has crafted so well in earlier books. I can not wait for her next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 8/26/2013

    " This was not one of her better books. It didn't engage, felt rambling and not suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 12/8/2012

    " Well written mystery, have always enjoyed her books. Sad book about lies and the poison they bring to relationships and the lives of nearly every character in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/28/2012

    " I like this author but this was not the best plot of the many I have read. I still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirk | 10/8/2012

    " Another great British mystery, Ms. George is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariana | 9/11/2012

    " Can't wait for the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 8/12/2012

    " It had a slow start but picked up later and I really enjoyed the storyline - typical George novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary Mutton | 7/30/2012

    " Very long winded and not very believeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linette | 6/29/2012

    " A little too heavy on the disfunctional characters, but overall a good book with some interesting twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anndee | 6/2/2012

    " This one took me awhile. Not sure why, because I enjoyed it. Typical Inspector Lynley novel, but seemed a little light on the central characters. I guess it was more about the story's specific characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina Sullivan | 4/7/2012

    " Starting out a little slow. If I don't read it for several days, I have to backtrack. about 140 pgs in, and hoping it gets better. "

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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 YA 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. She lives in Washington State.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.