What Came Before He Shot Her: Book summary and reviews of What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George

What Came Before He Shot Her

By Elizabeth George

What Came Before He Shot Her
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2006,
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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. Who is he? Where did he come from? And what were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation?

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"Switching uncomfortably at times from dialogue in a rough patois to exposition in a language both formal and sociological, ....[an] earnest but perhaps overly didactic novel" - PW.
"[A] dark, chilling tale of desperation and revenge" - Booklist.
[A] gripping story that, without preachiness, shows how a good child can lose his way." Library Journal.
"Despite a bit too much chirpy art-as-savior philosophizing, this is George's best since A Great Deliverance, her 1988 debut. Read it and weep. " - Kirkus.

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Elizabeth George Author Biography

Elizabeth George was born Susan Elizabeth George in Warren, Ohio.

She is a graduate of University of California in Riverside. She also attended California State University at Fullerton, where she was awarded a master's degree in Counseling/Psychology and an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Professionally, she started out as a teacher. She was employed at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana initially, but there she gave in to her bent for organized labor and was summarily fired along with ten other teachers for union activity. She moved on to El Toro High School in El Toro, California (now called Lake Forest, California), where she remained for the rest of her career as a high school English teacher. While employed there, she was selected Orange County Teacher of the Year, a tribute ...

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