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Just One Evil Act

An Inspector Lynley Novel

by Elizabeth George

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Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George
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  • Published Oct 2013
    736 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.

Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. The Italian police are investigating, and the Yard won't get involved, until Barbara takes matters into her own hands - at the risk of her own career. 

As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.  With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she's willing to go to protect it.

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"George is a master of the wily plot and the timely tossed out red herring… George's fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, she's quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley - well, he's as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Series fans will enjoy following Lynley and Havers on their first investigation outside the U.K., while newcomers will be just as enthralled." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. This is a must for fans of this series. The twists and turns are vintage George and do not disappoint." - Library Journal

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Mark Mindel

What on Earth Barbara?
DS Havers is featured in this book about jealousy and murder. She goes all out to help her Professor friend Azhar whose daughter is kidnapped to Italy (SPOILER ALERT) by the Professor himself as her mother has taken her away from him. The mom is poisoned and all fingers point to the Professor, but Barbara risks her career defending him. Meanwhile in Italy it seems the Inspector investigating the case kind of falls for Barbara! Interesting! Read this exciting book to see how it all turns out. And yes, Linley is here, too...with an apparent new girl friend!

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Elizabeth George Author Biography

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, four young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, two Edgar nominations, and both France's and Germany's first prize for crime fiction, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.

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