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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Charles Keatin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date:
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The brutal, inexplicable death of Inspector Thomas Lynley's wife has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Even more horrifying is that the trigger was apparently pulled by a twelve-year-old boy. What were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation? That story begins on the other side of London in rough North Kensington, where the virtually orphaned Campbell children are bounced from home to home. Fifteen-year-old Ness is headed for trouble as fast as her high-heeled boots will take her. Middle child Joel cares for the youngest, Toby, but something clearly isn't right with Toby. Before long, a local gang starts harassing Joel and threatening his brother. To protect his family, Joel ends up making a pact with the devil—a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas Lynley. The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful and emotional novel, full of deep psychological insights, that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nothing short of absorbing…George is in top form here.”

    Washington Post

  • “Audacious but sure-footed…Harrowing…The book is Dickensian in length…though, true to George’s usual standards, with hardly a dull or unnecessary stretch. The book is thoroughly Dickensian in other ways as well, with its lively characters, its palpable rage at the failures of society, and its settings in London’s bleakest corners…A sad but splendid achievement.”

    Seattle Times

  • “[A] powerful novel…Chilling and compelling…Displays George in top form and with great courage, as she again expands the mystery genre.”

    Richmond Times Dispatch

  • “[A] searing examination of the lives of one horribly dysfunctional family and their immigrant London milieu…George delivers a stinging indictment of a society unable to respond effectively to the needs of its poorer citizens.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “George deftly depicts the palaver and predicaments of middle- and working-class Brits in this dark, chilling tale of desperation and revenge.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A gripping story that, without preachiness, shows how a good child can lose his way. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • AUSA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Crystal | 2/19/2014

    " I am a big fan of Elizabeth George and have read all of her books. This was interested me because it is just what it says..A book about what happened before. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lori | 2/17/2014

    " having trouble getting through this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aaron | 1/22/2014

    " Yes, people, that is five stars. I am so bereft now that I have finished this book. I enjoyed reading it. Intriguing story. Never knew what was going to happen next though you kind of had to know what was going to happen. And the book, the story, the setting and the characters, were utterly unexpected for me somehow, based on the cover and title. I wish I weren't done with it so soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandi | 1/16/2014

    " You really have to read the book that comes right before this one in the series to appreciate "looking at things from both sides". Excellently done. "

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