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Believing the Lie by Elizabeth  George
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

Elizabeth George has engaged in some interesting genre-bending writing before and continues with this latest Thomas Lynley installment: a murder mystery in which no one is even sure if a murder (at least in the conventional sense of an act of violence willfully committed to end another's life) has occurred. There is a lot of trust- and soul-killing taking place, however, and although the title references 'lie' in the singular, the lies behind which characters hide are legion--and sometimes despicable, at other times tragic. George inhabits this book with a rather sorry lot of characters, although some are rendered sympathetic before the end. Even Lynley and the St. Jameses get to be too much for me to bear at times and yet, I was thoroughly engaged, pulled along by the hope that the characters would come to their senses and realize the psychological traps they'd slid into before it's too late. Some did. Some didn't. For others--largely the series' regulars--we'll have to wait until the next novel to see how they choose to resolve their problems, problems that are all to realistic, while the bumblings along a path that may or may not lead to a good resolution are also life-like. So, I did like the book, but couldn't help but yearn for a Super-Feminist to come along to drive the mopey, too-traditional women into some kind of purposeful, more interesting action and whup the asses of the disgusting homophobes. Guess I just have to wait for my number to get called on the wait list for the new V.I. Warshawski book...

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