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A Banquet of Consequences

A Lynley Novel

"George's mystery unfolds with great psychological depth, finely drawn characters and gorgeous portraits of the English countryside. . . . [George] is an essential writer of popular fiction today." -The Washington Post

The #1 New York Times bestselling author's award-winning series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Look out for Elizabeth George's newest novel, The Punishment She Deserves, available March 2018.

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind who will have to deal with its unintended consequences-could there be a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

After various issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter gives her a connection to the unsolved Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime, knowing one mistake could mean the end of her career.

Full of shocks, intensity, and suspense from the first page to the last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve a case both complicated and deeply disturbing.
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Praise for A Banquet of Consequences

"George's mystery unfolds with great psychological depth, finely drawn characters and gorgeous portraits of the English countryside. . . . [George] is an essential writer of popular fiction today."
-The Washington Post

"Irresistable."
-The Seattle Times

"Undoubtedly one of Ms. George's best mysteries, original in concept and fascinating in the breadth of its characters."
-The Washington Times

"As absorbing as her first book in this acclaimed series. . . . [George is] one of the reigning queens of the genre."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Praise for Elizabeth George

"Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tales always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries."
-The Seattle Times

"It's tough to resist the pull of [George's] storytelling once hooked."
-USA Today

"Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare."
-The Wall Street Journal

"George's . . . ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work . . . A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies."
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

"[Lynley is] one of the great character portraits in contemporary crime fiction."
-The Boston Globe
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Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen psychological suspense novels, three young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen psychological suspense novels, three young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.
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  • THIRTY-NINE MONTHS BEFORE

    8 DECEMBER

    SPITALFIELDS

    LONDON

    Since it was only to be a weekend jaunt to Marrakesh, Lily Foster reckoned they could use one suitcase, and a carry-on at that. What did they need to take, really? It had been deadly cold, grey, and wet in London since the middle of November, but it wasn't going to be that way in North Africa. They would spend most of their time lounging round the pool, anyway, and when they weren't doing that, they'd be getting romantic in their room, for which, obviously, they needed no clothes at all.

    Packing took less than ten minutes. Sandals, summer trousers, a tee-shirt for William. Sandals, a clingy frock, and a scarf for her. Swimming suits for them both and a few other essentials. That was it. Then began the wait, which-confirmed by a glance at the plastic wall clock ticking away above the cooker-should have been less than thirty minutes. But it stretched instead into more than two hours during which time she texted him and she phoned him as well, only to receive no response. Just his pleasant voice saying "This is Will. Tell me and I'll tell you back," to which she said, "Where are you, William? I thought the job was only in Shoreditch. And why're you still there in this rotten weather? Ring me soon as you get this, okay?"

    Lily went to the window. The afternoon was spitting rain outside, the sky dark and angry with erupting clouds. In the best of weather, this particular housing estate was grim: a mixture of filthy brick blocks of flats tossed by the handful across a level plain, which was crisscrossed by cracked and heaving pavements that the residents ignored in favour of trudging across a dying patchwork of lawns. In weather like this, the place looked like a death trap and what was at risk of extermination was hope. They didn't belong here, and Lily knew it. It was bad for her; it was worse for William. But it was what they could afford for now, and it was where they would remain until she built her business larger than what it was and William had his own on firmer footing.

    That part was tricky: William's business. He regularly argued with his clients, and people didn't like that when they were paying someone to work for them.

    "You do have to take on board what people think," she kept telling him.

    "People," he countered, "need to stay out of my way. I can't concentrate when they yammer at me. Why don't they get that? It's not like I don't tell them straightaway."

    Well, yes, right, Lily thought. Telling people was part of the problem. William needed to stop doing that.

    Lily frowned down at the street. There was no one on the pavements below, certainly no William with his collar up, making a dash from his car to the narrow tower that contained their building's lift. Instead there was only a woman on a balcony of the block of flats sitting at an angle to theirs. She was gathering laundry in her arms, her bright yellow sari whipped by the wind. As for the rest of the buildings' balconies with their lines of dispirited laundry and their children's toys and their few haggard-looking plants and-always-their satellite dishes, whatever they contained was being left to fend for itself in the weather.

    Through the window Lily could dimly hear the unrelenting city noise: the squeal of tyres on wet pavement as a car took a corner too swiftly, the metallic roar of a building site where yet something else was being redeveloped nearby but out of view, the siren of an ambulance on its way to hospital, and, much closer, the thump thunka thump of a too-loud bass underscoring someone's musical preference.

    She texted William again. After two minutes of no response, she rang him as well. She said, "William, you must be getting my texts. Unless . . . Oh damn it, you haven't got your mobile on silent again, have you? You know I hate it when you do that. And this is important. I don't like to say but . . . Oh hell, hell, hell. Look. I've a surprise planned f
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 784
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-311156-6
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.2/10.6/5.3 cm
Gewicht 392 g
Buch (Taschenbuch, Englisch)
Buch (Taschenbuch, Englisch)
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