An Inspector Lynley Novel
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Zed Benjamin had never been called into the office of the editor before, and he found the experience simultaneously disconcerting and thrilling. The disconcerting half of it resulted in massive sweating of the armpits. The thrilling half of it produced a heartbeat he could actually feel, for some reason, in the pads of his thumbs. But since from the first he’d believed it essential to see Rodney Aronson as just another bloke at The Source, he attributed both the sweating of armpits and the pulsing of thumbs to the fact that he’d switched from his one summer suit to his one winter suit rather too early in the season. He made a mental note to change back to the summer suit in the morning and he only hoped his mother hadn’t taken it out to be cleaned once she saw he’d made the switch. That would be, Zed thought, exactly like her. His mum was helpful and earnest. She was too much of both.
He sought a distraction, easy enough to find in Rodney Aronson’s office. While the editor of the newspaper continued to read Zed’s story, Zed began to read the headlines on the old issues of the tabloid that were framed and hung along the walls. He found them distasteful and idiotic, their stories a form of pandering to the worst inclinations in the human psyche. Rent Boy Breaks Silence was a piece on a kerb-crawling encounter between a sixteen-year-old boy and a member of Parliament in the vicinity of King’s Cross Station, an unseemly romantic interlude unfortunately interrupted by the advent of vice officers from the local nick. MP in Sex Triangle with Teenager preceded the rent boy breaking his silence and MP Wife in Suicide Drama followed hard on its heels. The Source had been on top of all these stories, first on the scene, first with the scoop, first with the money to pay informants for salacious details to juice up a report that in any legitimate paper would either be written with discretion or buried deep inside or both. This was particularly the case for such hot topics as Prince in Bedroom Brouhaha, Kiss-and-Tell Equerry Shocks Palace, and Another Royal Divorce?, all of which, Zed knew very well from gossip in the canteen, had topped The Source’s previous circulation figures by over one hundred thousand copies each. This was the sort of reportage for which the tabloid was known. Everyone in the newsroom understood that if you didn’t want to get your hands dirty sifting through other people’s nasty bits of laundry, then you didn’t want to work as an investigative reporter at The Source.
Reprinted by arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George. Copyright © 2012 by Susan Elizabeth George.
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George peels back the layers of the human heart to reveal a tangle of dark family secrets in her latest Inspector Lynley mystery, Believing the Lie.
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 Bernard's prodigal son, Nicholas, a recovering drug addict, leads her into an obsession with Nicholas' wife, 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 and 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.
Hardcover Book : 624 pages
Publisher: Dutton, Div Of Penguin Putnam ( January 10, 2012 )
Item #: 13-486370
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.437inches
Product Weight: 20.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Superb!!! I thought this her best book. The characters were engaging. The description of the scenery put me there visually. The story lines were believable. Some bad guys got away with bad deeds. Some good people took it on the chin. I fail to understand some of the previous reviews. I enjoyed every minute of it, would highly recommend it, appreciate the work she puts into a book (unlike these authors who are hacking them out every other day with a plethora of co-writers), and look forward to her next book. HOORAY FOR ELIZABETH GEORGE!!!
Yes, Elizabeth writes long books and therefore they have many characters and there's lots of detail but I find almost all of her books enjoyable. The one exception was the one where Helen was murdered. I couldn't finish that one. I feel I learn a lot about various sections of the UK that I never knew existed.
And the characters are like my old friends now.
I have read most of George's books. Most of the characters in the family being investigated were over the top. Most families have some level of dysfunction but these were too much. It just wasn't believable.
The story line with Deborah went nowhere. Okay, she outed the daughter-in-law. Not very believable.
Too much perversion in the sexual storyline. I was depressed while reading it.
The only redeeming plot in the book was Barbara Havers. She needs a spinoff book.
I'm almost sixty. I have almost every book I ever owned. I enjoy re-reading and lending them to friends and family. This is one book that is going in the trash.
Give Lynley a normal, stable girlfriend, give the St. James a baby, and give Barara Havers her own book.
Reviewer: Jean S
I have read every one of George's Lynley mysteries, and my interest was starting to seriously wane since Helen's death (a character I do not miss).. Then, with her last book, I thought, she's back, and so is Lynley. No more incessant moping over Helen, someone about which Lynley was always quite ambivalent. Believing the Lie was the unfortunate nail in her coffin, and the only thing that saved the book was Havers, beloved Havers. The twist was telegraphed ridiculously early, and the Deborah St. James storyline was grating beyond words. Very disappointing.
Reviewer: Nina M
This is a sprawling novel that could have been a bit tighter. George left a lot of loose ends and I guess that was intentional.
Reviewer: Audrey W