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With No One as Witness (Inspector Lynley #13)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  7,239 ratings  ·  383 reviews
New Scotland Yard Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley takes on the case of his career, scrambling to apprehend a serial killer while avoiding accusations of racism in George's latest New York Times bestseller.
Paperback, 774 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by HarperTorch (first published 2005)
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I read one of the early Elizabeth George novels years ago and didn't like it. George is an American writing police procedurals set in London. Having lived in London myself, I was put off by her unsure grasp of English social customs and mores. I don't know what possessed me to read this, but I must say George has come a long way in the intervening years. Not only is she more sure-footed in making her way through the English class system, her gift for plot has truly blossomed. The only real compl ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I have followed this series from the first book and read them all in order. This one, took me by surprise and brought a tear to my eye, something that does not usually happen. Firstly, Ms. George for the first time went for a serial killer and also took on a difficult subject of what goes through the mind of a paedophile and their justifications for how they act. Mixed race 12/13 year old boys are being murdered with their bodies mutilated in London, and it takes four deaths before the police re ...more
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This is my first Elizabeth George book, so I'm not able to comment on how it compares to her previous works nor how it compares to other books in the series of Lynley and Havers novels. I know this can be a blessing and a curse to review readers.

That said, I found the book absorbing...despite its length, I was hardly able to put it down. Ms. George paints the scene beautifully, and her characters are richly multidimensional, bringing the reader into their heads and hearts to see the world throu
I have been re-reading the Inspector Lynley series from the start, and this is the first one I remembered well. I'm guessing it left an indelible impression because it's such a devastating story. This time through I was aware of all the forehadowing. Lynley, Havers, and newly promoted Winston Nkata are investigating the serial murders of adolescent boys, and the path leads straight home. Havers is at her best when she's most vulnerable, and she's finally starting to understand herself better. Ly ...more
This one was quite a ride. One of the best in the series, in my opinion. I almost didn't want to read it, having accidentally found out a major plot development in advance. But Ms. George's writing was spot on in describing how all the characters dealt with the situation. Very realistic. It was good to have Lynley & Havers back, although this one leaves you hanging whether they will be a team in the future. If you're a fan of the series, and the characters, this one is a "don't miss." Not ea ...more
I was exasperated by the monumental struggles with authority faced by Lynley, Havers and Nkata in this book. On top of their problems at work, too, Havers has to deal with an unpleasant situation at home, Nkata can't make any headway with Yasmin (and struggles with the recognition of his own weakness) and Lynley... well I won't go into that. All the personal drama is wrapped around the hunt for a serial killer who preys on those least likely to be missed. I enjoyed this book, in spite of the abo ...more
I have been a fan of the Thomas Lynley series from the beginning, reading them in order and loving each one. However, this one takes a plot twist that was a mistake, in my opinion. I was, quite honestly horrified and heart broken by what happened. I have continued to read the books after this one but I confess it is with less enthusiasm and I find I care less about the characters. It's as though since the author apparently doesn't care enough about the character to give them a life that is at le ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who love sophisticated crime stories
I know I wrote a review for this some time ago and I'm disappointed the system seems to have blipped said review into oblivion..... As with almost all George's books, I loved this one and was so dumbstruck and awed and distressed by the ending that I could not read the sequel to this particular story - 'What Happened Before He Shot Her'..... still haven't managed to get to it although I've read 'Color of Blood' I think it's called - the one that came after "What Happened..." ..... anyway.... I'l ...more
Susan  Odetta
I had never read this series, but I knew Inspector Lynley and Constable Barbara Havers from the BBC TV series I had rented on NetFlix. I like the characters and the stories within the story, so was happy to find this book at one of our campsites, I think in Bakersfield at the River Run RV Park. It was as good a read as the BBC series was to watch. This episode had the prerequisite serial killer and side -stories about Lynley, who is wrapped very tight always, and his side-kick, Havers, whose lif ...more
Kathleen Hagen
With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George. A.
This was a re-read for me. Before I start looking for the next one, I wanted to re-read this one. In this book George did a very artful job of presenting a police procedural with a serial killer of little boys. The usual problems between Lindley and Hilliard come to a boiling point. And there is ultimately a tragedy of great proportions. George does a wonderful job of presenting the initial grief processes for everyone involved. I’ve only lost one re
I've been an Elizabeth George fan off and on for years, and while I'm playing catch-up with her series, I love this book. It's angsty and full of action and emotion, for all of the major characters (and she has a few!) As with all her books, the balance between our 'core characters', the series characters, and the new characters she creates for this particular book is good and strong. I adore Lynley and Havers, and also Winston NKata, the newest of the 'core' players. While I knew to expect the ...more
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Lois Wood
I just reread this book -- Elizabeth George is my favorite author, and I want to read her latest, What He Did Before He Shot Her -- but decided I'd re-read this which leads up to the new one. It was as good as ever -- she is such an amazingly good writer, her books never get old.
Feb 17, 2008 Don rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
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Jul 27, 2007 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Another great installment from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth George. I already knew how it ended when I started reading it and was still shocked! One of the few books that has made me cry. Can't wait to find out what happens next to Lynley and Havers.
Toni Osborne
Book 13, in the Inspector Lynley series

I am happy to see with this instalment my beloved protagonists Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers back to the forefront and plunged into a suspenseful case complete with red herrings and gritty crime scenes. The book provides an intellectual challenge, its 600 pages or more is a kaleidoscope of complicated themes and sub-themes crisscrossed with a rich narrative that keeps us on the edge of our seat while tracking the numerous players that pop in
Sep 06, 2008 Diane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Diane by: Harry Schwartz Reader's Retreat
I read With No One As Witness because author Elizabeth George was a featured speaker at a 2006 Reader's Retreat I was scheduled to attend. I hadn't previously read anything she'd written, so selected her latest book to read before I attended the author's luncheon. I devoured it, caught up in the hunt through the least glamorous London neighborhoods for a ritualistic serial killer of young wayward boys. Full-bodied characters with believable flaws, multi-layered story, a one-two punch ending hook ...more
Mistydawn Thrash
I really should have brushed up on my British Slang. I spent the first quarter of the book trying to settle in to a language barrier. I found it odd, actually, because British accents are among my favorite to listen too but to read in British slang is a challenge I failed at miserably. Believe me, in my head the person reading was a horrible interpretor. I finished the book thinking if I had used an audiobook I probably would have enjoyed it more.

Besides trying to make out what a "torch" is or a
I am done with this book for now. I read the prologue and that made me start this giant novel, but just after a couple of pages I felt totally disenchanted and bored by the story. The writer has a literary flair and her usage of some proverbs and phrases is amusing at times but the pace of the story is nowhere near that of a fine mystery thriller book. Very slow paced and laden with useless details of London streets and how Barbara Havers smoke cigarettes is quite unnerving as well as annoying. ...more
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It was so rewarding to get back into reading Elizabeth George and the Inspector Lynley/Sergeant Havers mysteries. Once again this author has produced a masterful, richly detailed, psychologically-infused, intelligently written thriller. This one involves a ritualistic serial killer, and it's riveting. Also, there's a very profound change in the cast of characters (who by this time in the series have come to seem like family members to the reader), leaving one wondering how this will impact the n ...more
I listened to this one in audiobook. It was very good and the narration was good as well. It was narrated by Charles Keating. I got this one from the library. I believe it was an abridged version. I prefer the long, unabridged versions of books. I want to read it all, with the exception of really bad books. Then I will stop reading them regardless. I liked the writing style and the characters in this story. This is my first Elizabeth George book and will definitely not be my last. This was a ver ...more
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Jun 07, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elizabeth George fans
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Sugar Rautbord
Does anyone write about black people or write black dialogue more awkwardly than Elizabeth George? In her world, white people might say "He's expecting us" but black people would say, "He's 'xpecting us." Subtle! She also seems to think a reference to Little Black Sambo (a thought in the head of a black character) is cutting edge social commentary. Also, in every book she is sex-obsessed. This book features a NAMBLA-type organization and a serial killer after adolescent boys. If you omit the ver ...more
Mar 11, 2009 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Kelly by: Caitlin
Shelves: mystery
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Jessica Howard
Spoiler alert: so sad!! But another excellent entry in the Lynley series.

A serial killer is targeting adolescent boys in London. The problem is that no one noticed until the 4th victim - who was white. Now Acting-Superindent Thomas Lynley, who, in addition to working for Scotland Yard is also an Earl, is struggling to investigate in a coherent fashion with the media circling around crying of racism, since only cursory investigation went into the murders of the first three mix-raced boys.

I really
When Lynley is called in to investigate the death of an unidentified adolescent boy, he quickly realizes that there are other districts with similar murders that have been discounted as the victims were black or of mixed races and the murders were labeled as gang related. Lynley is sure they have a serial killer focused on adolescent boys. The situation would be difficult without the interference and micromismanagement from Assistant Commissioner Hilliers.
Although I always find George's Lynley
I love the Inspector Lynley Mysteries on PBS, and a friend had recommended the books to me. When I saw this on the library shelf, I just had to try one. I loved the book, but I do find the Inspector to be depressed. After reading the book, I know why.

A serieal killer is loose in London, but Scotland Yard doesn't realize it until a fourth body is draped over a tombstone. As the Inspector and his staff work through the clues, they deal with interference from upper management, an embedded reporter
This is the first of her books I've read and I must say I really did like it. I felt so sorry for the characters and the struggles they were going through - both in trying to solve theses horrible killings, and the internal struggles within the department itself. I just love Havers and Lynley. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it was a bit long. There were some really slow parts that to me seemed to serve little purpose in moving the story forward. I realize it is just the aut ...more
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Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the S
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