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What Came Before He Shot Her (Inspector Lynley) Kindle Edition

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Länge: 560 Seiten Word Wise: Aktiviert Sprache: Englisch

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller George (With No One as Witness) departs from the usual investigative nuts and bolts of her Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers mystery thrillers with this searing examination of the lives of one horribly dysfunctional family and their immigrant London milieu. Switching uncomfortably at times from dialogue in a rough patois to exposition in a language both formal and sociological, George delivers a stinging indictment of a society unable to respond effectively to the needs of its poorer citizens. Kendra Osborne, a 40-year-old woman with modest ambitions and plans to achieve them, has no idea how to cope when her mother "dumps" her sister's three children on her doorstep and heads for Jamaica. Fifteen-year-old Ness, 11-year-old Joel and seven-year-old Toby each have a wealth of problems exacerbated by their mixed-race heritage. It's no accident that George refers to Dickens on the first page of this earnest but perhaps overly didactic novel, which focuses on the burdens borne by Joel as he's swept by forces he can neither understand nor control into a fatal encounter. 8-city author tour. (Oct.)
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From Booklist

Fans of George's popular Inspector Lynley series were stunned by the brutal slaying of the Scotland Yard detective's wife in With No One as Witness (2005). Her new novel unveils the events leading up to this bold, bloody event (though Lynley himself is conspicuously absent). Life is traumatic for mixed-race siblings Joel, Ness, and Toby Campbell. With their father murdered in the street and their mother in a mental institution, the trio is left in the care of Aunt Kendra, a twice-divorced fortysomething with the will but not the wherewithal to raise three kids. Teenager Ness and 12-year-old Joel do their best to cope with their new life in London's often-menacing neighborhood of North Kensington. Ness ditches school, does drugs, and becomes romantically entangled with Blade, a nefarious local drug dealer with a cobra tattoo on his cheek. Joel strives to keep the peace in a precarious domestic situation; he watches out for his younger brother, Toby, whose odd appearance and slow wit make him a frequent target of cruel peers. After numerous run-ins with the law, Ness is assigned to a promising community service project. Meanwhile, Joel seals his fate by bravely defending his brother and sister from a bloodthirsty young thug. George deftly depicts the palaver and predicaments of middle- and working-class Brits in this dark, chilling tale of desperation and revenge. Allison Block
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 519 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 560 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0060545631
  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books; Auflage: Reissue (13. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000MAH646
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.7 von 5 Sternen 27 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #47.432 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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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.

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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 12. Dezember 2006
Format: Taschenbuch
If you read Elizabeth George because you like mysteries solved by Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers, you should take careful stock before taking on What Came Before He Shot Her. This isn't another mystery of that sort in that series.

Instead, this is a modern version of Dickens in looking at the poor and downtrodden in London to see how bad genes, a horrible environment and rotten luck can combine to bring down those who mean well. In making that comparison, however, I must note that this book lacks the humor, wit and energy of Dickens.

In the books 548 pages, Ms. George does save some interesting surprises. But I didn't find those surprises worth wading through the first 250 pages to find.

So what is the book about? A grandmother has been raising three of her grandchildren after their father has been killed and their mother has gone off the deep end. As the book opens, the grandmother dumps the three on the doorstep of another daughter who is recently divorced while the grandmother heads off to Jamaica to be with her boyfriend. The oldest child is a fifteen-year-old, Vanessa (Ness), who finds herself fascinated by fashion, drugs and getting attention from men. Naturally, all that leads her into deep trouble. The youngest child, Joel, is the surrogate father for his younger brother, Toby, who isn't quite right in the head. In suburban circumstances with a normal family life, Joel would have done well. But placed in an impossible situation, he finds that the family's troubles just escalate. As Joel tries to solve those problems, the problems just seem to get worse. Before the end of the book, Joel finds himself being drawn into the gang culture to achieve other purposes than further the gang.
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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 22. November 2006
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If you read Elizabeth George because you like mysteries solved by Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers, you should take careful stock before taking on What Came Before He Shot Her. This isn't another mystery of that sort in that series.

Instead, this is a modern version of Dickens in looking at the poor and downtrodden in London to see how bad genes, a horrible environment and rotten luck can combine to bring down those who mean well. In making that comparison, however, I must note that this book lacks the humor, wit and energy of Dickens.

In the books 548 pages, Ms. George does save some interesting surprises. But I didn't find those surprises worth wading through the first 250 pages to find.

So what is the book about? A grandmother has been raising three of her grandchildren after their father has been killed and their mother has gone off the deep end. As the book opens, the grandmother dumps the three on the doorstep of another daughter who is recently divorced while the grandmother heads off to Jamaica to be with her boyfriend. The oldest child is a fifteen-year-old, Vanessa (Ness), who finds herself fascinated by fashion, drugs and getting attention from men. Naturally, all that leads her into deep trouble. The youngest child, Joel, is the surrogate father for his younger brother, Toby, who isn't quite right in the head. In suburban circumstances with a normal family life, Joel would have done well. But placed in an impossible situation, he finds that the family's troubles just escalate. As Joel tries to solve those problems, the problems just seem to get worse. Before the end of the book, Joel finds himself being drawn into the gang culture to achieve other purposes than further the gang.
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Von Adele Luise am 27. Dezember 2007
Format: Taschenbuch
yes, well, it's not a Lynley and Havers book, but it is a great book, a great story.
I did find it hard to begin with the book, because I didn't want to read another boring story about some 'youthful macho-gangsta'. But after the slower start I didn't want to put it down, didn't do anything at all during the weekend except reading and didn't want the story to end. After the last words I felt like phoning Ms George with a load of questions like 'What became of ..." and asking her to be kind to the children.
In former books the little girl Hadiyyah is portrayed so accurately with her feelings, beliefs, vulnerability and happiness, cared for by her loving father. The forlorn children here are described with the same care and understanding, they really come to life. Sometimes it is so touching to read about their thoughts, their plans, their hopes. And their limits, meaning their language - can you paint a way of thinking any better than to use the 'real' language? It makes reading more difficult at first, but then one sees the connections between words and life concepts.
'Society' comes to life as well, all the shortcomings of the educational system, the 'state'. How many societies are there in one country?
It's very depressing to realize that this situation is politically wanted. I got the feeling that Ms George is extremely angry about that, about the uninformed arrogance of politicians and the like, who don't care. Such a waste!
So, while it is not an Inspector-Lynley-mystery it is a fascinating crime novel, deserves to be read by everybody.
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