Book ´ Believing the Lie Å 610 pages

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Believing the LieInspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the reuest 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 Deb I would like to file a Missing Person’s Report Name Inspector Thomas Lynley 8th Earl of Asherton Description Approximately six feet tall blond hair dark brown eyes oozes class intellect and emotional intelligence and an uncanny ability to read people Inspires loyalty desire and trust in eual measure from friends colleagues and strangers For the last three Elizabeth George novels at least this Inspector whom we know and love – the dedicated friend and partner of Sargeant Barbara Havers has absented himself No that’s not exactly right either – he’s there but it’s as if someone else has possessed his body and mind and I want him backOK Maybe I’m being unfair but in the latest Lynley novel Believing the Lie George seems to have gone even further post Helen’s death in re inventing the grieving widower to a point there’s not much of the old boy left In a sense the fact he doesn’t appear until chapter three of this book well after the main narrative is set up sans Tommy functions as an analogy for the minor part he plays in this current mystery Months have now passed since Helen died and Lynley is embroiled in a steamy affair with his alcoholic and neurotic boss Superintendent Ardery uite apart from the fact that I never understood the attraction he feels for his unreasonable and demanding superior when Lynley is sent to Cumbria by Hillier as a personal favour in order to investigate the accidental death of a friend’s nephew he’s told to keep it secret And he does Not knowing why or where her lover has gone and with him refusing to breach confidence Ardery’s insecurities and unprofessional behaviour come to the fore making her irritating and conseuently Tommy’s attraction and efforts to placate her less plausible Taking his friends Simon and Deborah St James with him Lynley stumbles into a family full of secrets lies and betrayals that have little to do with the reason he was brought there in the first place But when Deborah and a reporter from the London tabloid The Source join forces to uncover the mystery of the Fairclough family you know tragedy is just around the corner Even if it takes almost six eighths of the book to arriveAs usual in George books the writing is sublime All the other characters are beautifully and for the most part believably drawn Just as she did in What Came Before He Shot Her George doesn’t steer away from the brutal reality of many young people’s lives and the choices they make and this story is no exception Scenes are painted realistically – to the point you can smell the fresh air hear the crunch of gravel underfoot and smell the Pop Tart Havers is forever cramming down her throat For a novel that roughly sits in the crime genre however the main crime here for me is the absence of Lynley As with the other books she’s written of late the main character fades into the background and secondary characters dominate Again this might be all right for some and the story is interesting but this is a Lynley book and he simply doesn’t step up and wrest the tale or arrest the reader in ways that he used to In fact there is something listless and annoying about Lynley that there never used to be Sure he’s grieving for Helen but that doesn’t mean he suddenly has to become all wishy washy and turn into something he’s not I can’t explain it better than that except a Lynley mystery this book wasn’t – and nor was it really a crime novel of the sort we’ve come to expect from George But it was fascinating study of sexuality familial ties and the psychology of a family unravelling The climax was anti than explosive as it’s not difficult to solve the puzzle George has tried to construct well before it’s revealed That Lynley has a minor role to play in any of the action is at odds with his well established character as well and is a bit of a let down for fansThe book finishes with two endings one of which will come as a relief to some that set the scene for the next book – one that may yet relegate Lynley to the role of support character again I sincerely hope not I hope the Inspector is found along with his mojo because the series as well written and structured as it is simply isn’t the same with this watery substituteBring back Inspector Lynley – please Grieving confused angry yes but with of his old self as well

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Orah St James the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets lies and motivesDeborah's investigation of the prime suspect Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas a recovering drug addict leads her to Nicholas's wife a woman with whom she feels a kinship a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful Lynley and Sim UghThis is a phenomenally disappointing book Technically George is a great writer; but she used to marry that technical skill with interesting and believable plots and characters Now her strong writing style just emphasizes the many and glaring plot holes inconsistencies imbecilities and out of character actions that make up the storyIn order to fully explain my disgust I have to reveal spoilers because so much of the offensive content is concentrated in the last uarter of the book For those who don't want to read any spoilers be prepared for George to ask you to excuse Deborah's unjustified unreasonable and invasive behavior and the horrific conseuences because Simon and Lynley do so and the idea that Lynley would respond as he does in this book contradicts what we learned about him in the very first novel of this series A Great Deliverance Be prepared for Lynley to continue to be selfish when it comes to his interactions with Havers and for Havers to continue to put Lynley's interests before her own I could accept that pattern in the initial aftermath of Helen's death when Lynley is understandably immersed in grief but 8 months out I expect him to remember that Havers and he are partners and she's not his devoted servant though that dynamic is increasingly played out between them Be prepared for George to write a family so dysfunctional that almost everyone in it is prepared to sacrifice the happinesswell being of another member in order to protect hisher own interests spoilers aheadI share many reviewers' objections to the way that George portrays the sexual minorities in the book the bizarre child pornography leading to suicide as murder story and the unbelievable happy ending to that plot Lynley's out of character and icky relationship with Isabelle Ardery who becomes somehow even unlikeable and Deborah's horrific conduct and the offensive absolution that she receives from Tommy and Simon I'd like to focus on two other issues one concerning the unbelievably contrived reason for Lynley's investigation and the other concerning Lynley's conduct towards Havers and his absolution of Deborah and the implications for his characterThe major problem with the book's plot isn't that there is in fact no murder at the heart of it It's that the wealthy mother of a recovering meth addict who apparently is worried about his potential for relapse would manipulate her unfaithful husband into getting Scotland Yard to covertly investigate an accidental death by implicating the known to be innocent son in order to expose said unfaithful husband's lies I think George expects us to be sympathetic to this 67 year old mother who is betrayed by her husband and one of her daughters But this same mother already knows about her husband's infidelity and its result before the book even starts She just wants to expose and using her words humiliate him in front of his family So instead of hiring a private investigator to expose the man that she plans to condemn before ultimately taking him back she waits for the accidental death of that husband's nephew a death she knows is accidental and then initiates a convoluted plan to get an unofficial official investigation all the while using her supposed doubt's about her own child's innocence as an excuse Any sympathy I would have otherwise have for this character dissolves into loathing over the callous disregard for her son all the while claiming of course that she never meant to hurt him Really son I don't think you're a murderer I just wanted Scotland Yard to think that so that someone could expose your father's double lifeOh and no one from Scotland Yard even suggests to her that this was an inappropriate use of limited police resourcesI could have gotten by that plot point however if George didn't continue to assassinate Lynley's character and the Lynley Havers' relationship One of the most infuriating things about this book and the previous ones is that Tommy pays attention to the needs and concerns of virtual strangers that idiotic potential love interest from Careless in Red and now Isabelle Ardery then he does to his long term partner's even though that partner has been unfailingly loyal and did in fact save his life So Lynley doesn't even notice that Barbara's teeth have been fixed though he certainly noticed their poor condition when he first met her He provides no support to her in connection with Ardery's suggestions that Barbara get a makeover not even the support of saying that she looks goodAnd then he asks Havers to do a lot of investigation when he knows that he has no authority to ask for her help and that her help could get her in trouble with Ardery Tommy knows that Barbara will help even if it gets her in trouble which of course it does But does he show her any of the same loyalty? No He takes no steps to protect Barbara from Ardery until it's too little and too late And when Barbara calls him at the end of the book with a legitimate crisis of her own he can't step away from his roller derby watching and really are you kidding us George? long enough to find out what she needs or why she's callingFinally there's Tommy's reaction to Deborah Deborah spends most of the book focused on someone who is never identified as a suspect all because Deborah found a fertility magazine in the person's home Deborah's relentless pursuit continues past all reason and sense including the certain conclusion of her forensics expert husband that no crime was committed and Tommy's own judgment that Altaea's fertility issues aren't a factor in the investigation because Deborah is still obsessing over her own fertility problems So she continues a ridiculous charade as a Met sergeant and hounds a woman to death And when she finally evinces some introspection that she's behaved abominably Lynley rushes in to assure her that Altaea's death wasn't her fault but the result of the secrets and lies Altaea carried He then smiles fondly at Deborah and drives her home Well justified if way too late crisis of conscience possibly leading to a less selfish and histrionic outlook successfully averted Contrast this with Lynley's reaction in A Great Deliverance when Havers runs away with her assumptions about the victim's eldest daughter and ends up alienating and traumatizing the daughter who has vital information that will help Lynley solve the case Lynley blames Havers and makes it clear that he doesn't trust her or her judgment But for all that Havers messes up her actions don't result in death and the witness is able to eventually provide the necessary inform

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Book ´ Believing the Lie Å 610 pages ☆ Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the reuest 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 LynleOn 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 behin Elizabeth George is a writer whose fortunes I think have waxed and waned I’ve been reading her for years pretty much since she published her first book Although many of her novels have a London setting I think that she has been particularly good at embracing other English settings such as Cornwall and Derbyshire She has also created an interesting dynamic not only in the professional workings of DCI Thomas Lynley and DS Barbara Havers but also in the interweaving relationships between Lynley his wife Helen and their friends Simon and Deborah St James However perhaps under pressure from her publisher or possibly to inject new characters into her books Helen was brutally killed in With No One as Witness Her next book was the slightly odd What Came Before her Shot Her not really a crime novel at all although it did accurately reflect the condition of London’s sink estates Since then her books in my opinion have been a shadow of their former selves They haven’t been terrible just mediocre and I personally think that she has some further great books in herSo I succumbed to the temptation to read this even though I have some enticing books to read waiting in my bookshelves Believing the Lie starts promisingly by sending Lynley up to Cumbria to investigate the accidental death of a nephew of a prominent industrialist who wants convincing that there was nothing sinister to the mishap This was a good move because for me one of the most irritating features of the last book was the new relationship that Lynley has embarked on with his boss Isabelle Even promisingly he takes with him Simon and Deborah St James two characters that I particularly like and who have only had minor roles in recent books However the subseuent investigation into the suspicious death of Ian Cresswell was disjointed and slightly surreal There is an ongoing theme in George’s books about the inability of Simon and Deborah to have children This was once woven into the main narrative but seemed removed from Lynley’s own investigations I can see that ‘children’ was the central theme of the book focusing on the relationships between parents and their offspring and the deep seated fractures that can tear families apart But in my opinion there was just too much going on and there didn’t seem to be much actual crime in the bookThe redeeming feature for me was Barbara Havers in London carrying out her own investigations She is as always an appealing character and her relationship with her neighbour Azhar again focusing on the issue of children was at least very moving This wasn’t a terrible book It kept me going over some severe turbulence as I was flying across the Alps yesterday But I think Elizabeth George needs to strip back her writing and get back to basics