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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date:
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Devastated by the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, the painful memories do not diminish. 

Then, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. The closest town, better known for its tourists and its surfing than its intrigue, seems an unlikely place for murder. But it soon becomes apparent that a clever killer is indeed at work, and this time Lynley is not a detective but a witness—and possibly a suspect.

But the head of the vastly understaffed local police department needs Lynley’s help, especially when it comes to the mysterious, secretive woman whose cottage sits close to where the body was discovered. Can Lynley let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and carefully planned crime?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…the pleasure of the book is the slow, surprising and often shocking unravelling of the various links between the main characters.” 

    Times (London)

  • “The plausible resolution of the crime leaves enough ambiguity to satisfy readers who prefer psychologically sophisticated plots and motivations.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “You can’t keep a good detective down…George delivers, once again, a mystery imbued with psychological suspense and in-depth characterization.” 


  • “Fans of the Lynley series will savor George’s latest complex investigation into human psychology and murder.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/20/2014

    " A little slow at first but it picked up once Havers came on the scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/12/2014

    " I really like the way Elizabeth George writes. She keeps it interesting throughout the book. This one kept me entertained throughout. One of the side stories I felt was an unnecessary addition to the book but it was a side story and not to big of an issue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Underwood | 2/5/2014

    " Ins. Lynley is grieving after the death of his wife and stumbles upon a body or a rock climber. He gets involved in the investigation and Havers comes to watch after him. Typical Elizabeth George. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele St John | 2/4/2014

    " This is the one Paulien gave me for my birthday last year. It takes place after Lynley's wife is murdered. "

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