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A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth  George
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This is the first of many mysteries Eliot has been writing about Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers. The characters, their interior life, how they relate to the case and how they change... these are a major part of the story. As a result, it's important to read the series in order. A friend tells me the TV show fails to do justice to the books. [Somewhat of a spoiler follows.] The part that resonated in me deeply, that put this book on Persephone's list, was this paragraph: "He had never thought of himself much as a praying man, but as he sat in the car in the growing darkness and the minutes passed, he knew what it was to pray. It was to will goodness out of evil, hope out of despair, life out of death. It was to will dreams into existence and spectres into reality. It was to will an end to anguish and a beginning to joy."
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