Just One Evil Act

Just One Evil Act

Book - 2013
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers like never before.

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.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780525952961
Branch Call Number: MYS GEO
Characteristics: 723 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 12, 2017

What's with the Italian with no translation?
Do I have to pull out my English-Italian
dictionary to read this book? that I didn't like.
But in general I liked the book. Long books don't bother me

Feb 22, 2017

Have a Italian to English dictionary handy. Maybe Ms. George is learning Italian and has lumbered the readers with it.

Dec 26, 2016

Is it possible to love the characters but hate the author? I find myself wondering if she's including all the tedious details so her trips to wherever the current book is based are tax deductible! This one had the added frustration of conversations in Italian. I'll probably continue to read her books but wish she could tighten them up a little.

Oct 18, 2016

Strongly plotted, with George's usual attention to the completely human side of her characters. The nesting mysteries emerge organically from the desperately believable emotions.

Aug 27, 2016

excellent read. I am totally enamored of this author. I can't wait to read another

Jan 16, 2016

Started but never finished! Tedious, convoluted, too many offshoot plots, and waaaaay too long! Wish EG would get back on track with Lynley and Havers.

Sep 08, 2014

I have always been a fan of Ms George. Havers & Lynley are such delightful characters. Ms George's attention to (local) detail - particularly for someone who lives in Washington State is superb! Her knowledge is encyclopedic but she made one error near the beginning describing kids sports gear - her description was for hockey and football (US) not a typical British child!
This book is too long and it only began to become a page turner in the last 200 pages - however all in all it is quality reading.

mpalik Jul 03, 2014

Needed better editing. The book was too long for what is was.

Jun 25, 2014

I love Italy...and Elizabeth George. This is a wonderful novel, great continuation of the Barbara Havers - Thomas Linley saga. So entertaining and interesting. The author is able to continue the team's story and add new dimensions, moving on from old characters and situations. Lovely and a great read. Don't be daunted by the size.

May 25, 2014

i think that's it for me: the previous novel was bad, and this one is worse.
having read every single book george had written up to now, this will be the last one. disconbobulated -just like this word! plot; and droning on and on details and descriptions -long meaningless sentences...
i must have skipped half the book in total!

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