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The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel Paperback – 1 January 1900
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--Wall Street Journal "The Punishment She Deserves contains all the trademarks that have made George a grandee of the genre: an intricate and thoughtful plot (this one includes various forms of addiction and numerous examples of misguided parenting), a multiplicity of carefully conceived and richly executed characters and the continuing evolution of Lynley's and Havers' personas. No George novel--and especially not this effort--is one through which the reader should sprint. Instead, take time to reflect on the issues George raises--and to savor her genius."
--The Richmond Times-Dispatch "Meaty, psychologically probing . . . Lynley becomes, for a significant portion of the narrative, a kind of peripheral player, yielding the investigative center stage to his colleague, Detective Sgt. Barbara Havers. This is a canny and risky move on George's part, and she makes it work through building Havers into a character who's fascinating in large part for how different she is from Lynley; their personal contrasts fuel the novel."
--The Christian Science Monitor "In . . . George's skillful telling, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (working class, rumpled and smart) takes the lead probing death in a medieval market town; her boss, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (aristocratic, cultured and smart), takes a back seat."
--The Seattle Times (naming The Punishment She Deserves one of 2018's best thrillers) "Elizabeth George knows how to keep a reader turning the pages of her books. . . . George takes her time to delve into the complexities of community, relationship and truth, all while keeping the suspense turned up enough to keep the story in motion. Few mystery writers create a sense of place in the excellent way that George does her. Her characters, fully realized and multi-dimensional, move in the world she builds in a way that feels autonomous and true. Readers of the series and newcomers to George's work alike will be thrilled with this impeccably crafted novel."
--The Citizen-Times "Elizabeth George has created journeys for Havers and Lynley before and this, yet again, falls among the 'must reads' in the suspense world. For new readers getting onboard and for those who have loved these characters for a while now, this book is one you do not want to miss."
--Suspense Magazine "Bold, invigorating, and entertaining . . . Readers coming to George for the first time will be just as enthralled and satisfied as longtime fans of the immensely rewarding series."
--Mystery Scene Magazine "George is an ascended master of the artfully tangled plot, elaborate without being overly busy; everyone who enters into the picture plays a part . . . Long but rewarding: trademark George, with elements of the classic procedural nicely joined to today's headlines. Fans won't be disappointed."
--Kirkus "Bolstered by George's polished prose, the twentieth Lynley mystery moves briskly along, showing the author at the peak of her powers."
--Booklist (starred review) "George tackles a number of emotionally charged social issues with sensitivity and grace. Exquisitely rendered characters and a powerful sense of place enhance the meticulously crafted mystery, which satisfies as a standalone while furthering the series arc."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451467868
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451467867
- Dimensions : 13.87 x 3.68 x 21.31 cm
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That was interesting found myself looking forward to the drive to and back from work and listening to the story. Gave this 4 stars because it wasn't a big thumping mega exciting page turning story, but rather something plausible (sort of) it touched strongly on human interaction's, thoughts feelings ...reactions and the mistakes when people misread one another. It was, l suppose, a 'true' story, something told well.
Of course, things go awry. DCI Isabelle Audery has a drinking problem. DS Barbara Havers is there to put her feet wrong so they can transfer her away from the Met. Havers starts to uncover things. Audery insists that Havers leave some information out of the report. Hmm. DI Thomas Linley is sent back there with Havers (who is desperately wanting to avoid her tap dancing show - don’t ask). We’re introduced to a fascinating set of characters whose psychology George portrays brilliantly. They range from the savvy septuagenarian, to the drunken students, to the classy senior policewoman (who’s good at sex games), to the Indian paediatrician cut off from her family to the PCSO who might not be as clean and affable as he seems. There are more. It becomes very convoluted as Linley and Havers disentangle a sad sequence of events. Justice is finally achieved, of course, but not without a great deal of toing and froing. Meanwhile, there’s pressure to get results fast and keep the MP and Home Secretary happy. Audery’s drinking gets worse. Her ex wants to take their sons to New Zealand. The classy senior policewoman is set upon directing and preserving her son’s life, even though she suspects him of rape.
It’s as though George has written three books in one, so dense is the material. The psychology between the classy policewoman and her husband is particularly good, as is everything to do with the Lomax family (which contains the savvy septuagenarian and the Indian paediatrician). The clues are well-sorted, though they should have established just when the CCTV angle was changed and what the duty log showed, for comparison. The stuff about the stole colours was good. Just shows you need to know everything when you try to solve a crime. Including how to launch an air glider. As usual with a Linley book, it’s incredible that an American can write so well about England. The sad fact of defunding the police (like the NHS) doesn’t go unnoticed. Begone, civil society!
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The other factor that I found distracting was the sheer number of literal errors. I could almost have believed that this book had never been proofread. Surely a publisher like Hodder can afford the services of a proofreader, especially for such a successful author? There were so many words missed out, words left in after editing, rogue words (Mr appeared randomly in the middle of one sentence) and spelling errors. All in all, it felt as if the book hadn't been properly developed or edited. This book was not up to the standard I've come to expect from George or her publisher.
If this is a sign of where book publishing is going in the UK, I'm very sad. I started my editorial career at Hodder and standards were high then. I hope the quality of this book is an anomaly, and not an indication of sinking standards.
George's tics are still here (Americanisms, irritating breaks into phonetics, bad London geography: Southall on the tube?) and Barbara Havers has become the star of the series over wooden, personality-free Lynley. The publisher's have let too many copy-editing errors through in the Kindle edition ... yet for all this, an engaging, complex investigation and some interesting character arcs.