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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Großdruck, 31. Oktober 2000


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  • Taschenbuch: 912 Seiten
  • Verlag: Random House Large Print; Auflage: Lrg (31. Oktober 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 037572799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375727993
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 15,5 x 4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (82 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.092.012 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

Eine Amerikanerin in London - zumindest zeitweise lebt Elizabeth George in der britischen Hauptstadt. Dort recherchiert die preisgekrönte Krimiautorin detailversessen an den Orten des Geschehens. Ihre größtenteils verfilmten Geschichten sind eher Gesellschaftsromane als "nur" spannende Storys - von denen George allerdings eine Menge versteht. Denn Handwerk und Kunst des Schreibens hat sie lange Jahre als Lehrerin für Englische Sprache und Literatur sowie später in Unikursen für Kreatives Schreiben unterrichtet. Bekannt wurde sie vor allem mit ihrem Ermittlerduo Inspector Lynley und Sergeant Havers. Geboren wurde Elizabeth George 1949 in Warren im US-Bundesstaat Ohio. Nach vielen Jahren in Kalifornien lebt sie heute im Nordwesten der Vereinigten Staaten bei Seattle.

Produktbeschreibungen

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The narrative talents of English stage actor Derek Jacobi are put to excellent use in this intriguing mystery of a double murder most foul. Author Elizabeth George presents her popular detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers with one of their most grisly and difficult cases ever as they search for clues to a bloody crime while struggling to repair their own strained partnership. George's mystery bobs, weaves, twists, and turns from a packed West End theater through the sumptuous halls of a country manor and into the desolate reaches of the high country moors before revealing its delightfully wicked and suspenseful conclusion. Jacobi tackles the complex plot and diverse cast of characters with relish, working his theatrical skills into an outstanding performance. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

Pressestimmen

Praise for In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner:

"An intricate, swiftly paced tale that brings back the popular New Scotland Yard team of detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers....The mulitfaceted surprise ending to the taut, suspenseful plot is the juiciest plum of all in this can't-put-down novel."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Miss George's work continues to amaze...she continues to expand the mystery genre into serious, mind-absorbing fiction.... Powerful and provocative...In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner joins its predecessors in a growing line of dazzlingly brilliant novels."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Families are a recurring motif in Ms. George's tenth and most absorbing novel: blood families, extended families, professional families. No ties are stronger--yet who ever solves the mysteries of these intimate strangers?"  
--The Wall Street Journal

Praise for Elizabeth George:

"Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published."
--Entertainment Weekly

"[Elizabeth George is] a master [who] dazzles us with her sleight of hand, gains our respect for her willingness to take chances, and makes us look forward to the book that will follow."
--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked."
--USA Today

"Ms. George proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists."
--The New York Times

"George is a master....An outstanding practitioner of the modern English mystery."
--Chicago Tribune

"Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare....She writes up to the highest level of contemporary English crimes."
--The Wall Street Journal

"A fascinating list of subjects...wrenching stories...George conveys them all with exceptional grace."
--People

"George provides [a] sumptuous, all-out reading experience."
--Los Angeles Times

"George's novels are complex, stylishly written, and delve deep into the human psyche....Wonderful reading."
--Orange Coast

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Silver Springer am 11. Juni 2000
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I will admit being a fan of Inspector Lynley and Sargent Barbara Havers, because Elizabeth George makes the reader care about them. In this book, Havers is still in disgrace with Lynley after what he thinks was unprofessional behavior in "Deception on his Mind". Lynley, just back from his honeymoon, becomes personally involved in a grisly double murder on the moors of England. In a reversal of character, it is Barbara Havers who shows the usually professionally cool Lynley the keys to the puzzle. Lynley realizes that policework needs humanity as well as forensics and we see him as more human and less "lordly". For those who follow this detecting pair this is a good and personally revealing addition to the series.
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Natalie C. Tyler am 22. Juli 2000
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I was surprised and disappointed that George's work In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner left me totally bored, dismayed, and repulsed. It seemed to have little saving graces. I couldn't stand Tommy, his pompous inability to see beyond his own vanity was not the Tommy I knew and liked. Barbara is annoying in her hope that Tommy will come around - I wish she would have been less eager and forgiving when he finally did instead of excusing his bad behaviour. (note my English spelling). Because I have enjoyed all of the other novels so much I will look forward to reading the next one. I found the world of S&M not my cup of tea but I appreciate the author's bravery in showing us its degradations. No more of that please!
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Kathleen B. King am 30. September 1999
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Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors, and I'm thrilled that she is back with the latest addition to her Inspector Lynley series. This book was wonderful - almost as good as In the Presence of the Enemy (my personal favorite, and I've read them all). The characters are well-drawn, the plot was intriguing, and the whole book reeks of civility, style, and class. A welcome change from some of the crap I've read this summer (Thomas Harris, please note). George's characters are people you realy care about, her reasearch is first-rate, and the plot, while convoluted at times, is wrapped up nicely in the end. Elizabeth George and Martha Grimes are my two favorite authors, and I'm happy to say that I am now about to start on Grimes' latest Richard Jury novel. I hope it will be as satisfying as this book was. For those of you who like to be taken seriously as readers, do yourself a favor and read this book. Elizabeth George never disappoints!
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 16. April 2000
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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner focuses on the redemption of Barbara Havers in the eyes of Inspector Lynley. The mystery itself provides both background and context for Havers' redemption by providing an underlying S & M counterpoint to Lynley's aristocratic presumptions and Havers' working class mores. The self flagellation by both Havers' and Lynley provides the basis for the telling of a darkley woven tale full of metaphor and allusion with the ultimate aim of re-establishing Lynley and Havers' collaboration.
While not George's best, a very good read. For those who have delighted in the character development of Lynley, Havers, and associates, the book is quite gratifying.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 1. Juli 2005
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If you haven't yet read Deception on His Mind, don't read this review. Read that book instead, and then come back to read the review.

In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner follows quickly on the heels of the action in Deception on His Mind as Havers faces the music for her actions to save young Hadiyyah's life at the end of that book. New Scotland Yard isn't pleased by her insubordination, and Lynley is positively steaming. Marriage hasn't really settled him down, and he seems more determined than ever to have things his own way.

All of that friction moves fairly quickly into the background when the murder of Lynley's former colleague's daughter leads to a request from the colleague for Lynley to join the case. There's an unidentified murder victim as well which increases the mystery around why attractive Nicola Maiden was killed near an ancient monument on a moor.

Nicola Maiden turns out to be one of those surprising victims that Ms. George is so good at imagining and portraying. As each step in the investigation delves deeper into her background, the surprises are nonstop.

The book turns out to be filled with sinners, therefore the title. Which sinner is responsible for the deaths? That will take a lot of sleuthing because many sinners seem to have motive and opportunity.

The investigation is particularly interesting because three detectives pursue three different paths to the truth. Each one would have made for a good story, but the three together make for a fascinating one.

Only two things kept the book from being a five-star effort from my perspective. First, the character development is mainly focused on some characters whose motives and morals will not thrill you. I would have preferred to have a few more potential saints in the mix.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 3. September 1999
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Elizabeth George's first five books were wonderful and memorable. Since she's achieved mainstream success, however, her books have gotten longer and her characters more annoying. This book is no exception. Barbara Havers, easily the most tedious character in the series, is given too much space. Who really cares about her relationship with her Pakistani neighbors or that her elderly mother is still in a nursing home? Boring. As for Thomas Lynley, he's suddenly morphed into a self-righteous pompous *** who is simply intolerable. The most fascinating character of this series, Simon Allcourt-St. James, is given short shrift, as usual. And the mystery? Well, if you can wade through the boring stuff about career alcoholism, prostitution, S&M and dog breeding maybe you'll find some interesting stuff. As for me, I could see where this story was leading from the prologue, as will most of George's regular readers. Not as bad as "Playing for the Ashes" but nowhere near the level of "Well-Schooled in Murder" or "A Suitable Vengeance." Save your money and wait for the paperback.
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