- Taschenbuch: 752 Seiten
- Verlag: Bantam (31. Oktober 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0553575104
- ISBN-13: 978-0553575101
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 3,2 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 84 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 263.100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Oktober 2000
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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.
"George delivers exceptionally well-written prose, a super cast and complex psychological themes."—USA Today
"Ms. George's...most absorbing novel."—Wall Street Journal
"George writes like Agatha Christie at the top of her game...a joy."—Washington Post Book World
"George has proved herself a master of the english mystery, with an ear for local language and an eye for the inner workings of Scotland Yard."—The New York Times
"Exquisitely written...[George] is a genius at drawing psychological revelations from an act as casualas choosing wallpaper."—Los Angeles Times
"No one else writes with the complexity, the style and the sophistication that [George] displays."— Dallas Morning News
I am in the process of forming a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Barbara Havers. And Elizabeth George is _terribly_ cruel to poor Barbara in this novel. I can remain impassive as I read the passages that deal with murder, suicide, sadomasochism--even the explanation of how that mysterious shiny metal cylinder is supposed to be used. (Well, <shudder>, fairly impassive, anyway). (And Ms. George looks so diffident and demure in her dustjacket photo!) But, omigod, the things that happen to Barbara--they're (sob) just TOO much to bear. The things that happen in her personal and professional relationship with Lynley... and just when that seems to be getting straightened out at last, she gets hit with something else from an entirely different quarter when--no, no, I can't bear to talk about it.
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. Second, the plot unfolds more slowly than I would have liked. I particularly didn't enjoy seeing so much detail about Lynley acting like a complete moron. Had some other character performed that role, the story would have been more entertaining.
For Barbara Havers fans, this book will be your second favorite in the series . . . after Deception on His Mind.
May God guide your heart!
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