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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by K D | 1/25/2014

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

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