Just One Evil Act : An Inspector Lynley Novel, Hardback Book

Just One Evil Act : An Inspector Lynley Novel Hardback

Part of the Inspector Lynley series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father.

They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done.

Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

Barbara's clever manipulation of the worst of London's tabloids forces New Scotland Yard to become involved.

But rather than Barbara herself, her superior officer DI Thomas Lynley is assigned to handle a situation made delicate by racial issues, language difficulties, and the determination of an Italian magistrate to arrest and convict someone - anyone - for the crime.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444706000

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I received this book as a First Reads ARC.<br/><br/>When a girl goes missing in London, England her mother is suspected of kidnapping her. Barbara Havers, a family friend of the missing girl, is on the case and has dragged Inspector Lynley into it as well. Thus begins the ever entwining and complicated 18th installment of George's Inspector Lynley series.<br/><br/>George has successfully developed multiple characters that both intrigue and madden her readers. Her use of imagery and details is incredible - these very things add the element of realism to a circumstance that for many is unimaginable. Her plot, seemingly simple, is far from it and will keep readers guessing until at least the last quarter of the novel. The novel itself is 719 pages long and is quite the monumental read. It could have been shorter with some more editing; this would have improved the novel's pace better as well as the reader's experience. Then last half of the book has a sense of tedium to it and I felt several times like I had figured out "who did it" only to have another 300 pages yet to go. Overall though it was an enjoyable read and I liked the novel. This novel was my first experience with one of Elizabeth George's books and I would gladly pick up another one.

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Enjoyed this book as much as others in the series.

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Enjoyed this book as much as others in the series.

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