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A hugely complex and entertaining novel – Star Pick*, The Times Crime Club

Elizabeth George delivers another intelligent, intricate mystery – New York Times

Superlative . . . This is a memorable addition to [the Inspector Lynley] series – Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Elizabeth George.

A Nigerian born detective sergeant working for the Metropolitan Police is found unconscious in her own flat and ends up in hospital where she dies of her injury. The post-mortem reveals that the subdural hematoma is the result of a blow to her head. DI Thomas Lynley, DS Barbara Havers and DS Winston Nkata are called in to investigate a case that touches upon not only the work and the life of the murdered detective but also upon a controversial cultural tradition that damages and often destroys the future of everyone it involves.

Reviews

Superlative . . . This is a memorable addition to [the Inspector Lynley] series
Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
"Abso-bloody-lutely" good! That would be DS Barbara Havers' verdict on this one. . . . An unsettling and thoroughly involving narrative
Booklist
A skillfully spun yarn of murder and mayhem
Kirkus Reviews
A hugely complex and entertaining novel
Star Pick*, The Times Crime Club