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In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,657 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Hailed as the "king of sleaze," tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well.

Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicl
Hardcover, 535 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Bantam Books (first published 1996)
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Overall I quite enjoyed this book. I am a great lover of 'whodunnits' but had never read one of Elizabeth George's Lynley mysteries. I have seen the tv show on many occasions so already had visions in my mind of the 2 main characters, and they haven't changed as the TV show is seems quite true to the books (?).
The reason it took so long to read was not that I couldn't get into it, but was in fact due to a Summer of sport on TV (sorry). I love the Olympics and am a great follower of the Tour de F
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
Of the eight Lynley novels I've read, I'd rank this third, after the first, A Great Deliverance and the third, Well-Schooled in Murder. Not that I felt that way through Part One, which is almost another book I'd rate much lower--for two reasons. First, that first part involves only that Tiresome Three (tm) Simon and Deborah St. James and Lady Helen Clyde. So not my favorite George characters. Second, and worse, they engage in utterly stupid behavior that's a pet peeve of mine in amateur detectiv ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: natania, england, 2010

I think perhaps I would have enjoyed this book more had it been half the length. George does ramble on interminably about her character's inner thoughts, at no particularly great gain to the plot, and the idea of show-not-tell isn't high on her agenda. The women in the book are a rum bunch - I enjoyed the police detective, but the correlation between career woman and badly-dressed-virgin is predictable and so old hat as to be ridiculous. No less ridiculous were the other key female charact
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Judy Woodruff
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Slim Dunlap
Commendably twisty and well-plotted, with none of the awkward cameos from the lower classes that we often have to endure from George. I particularly enjoyed the falling-out between Lynley, Helen, St. James and Deborah as Lynley attacks them ("you three cretins"), deservedly. And Helen calls Lynley "you rotten little pharisee." Later in the book the murdered child's mother's "underpants clung damply to her crotch like an inebriate's palm." Colorful! You won't get that from Agatha Christie.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Poor little Charlotte Bowen. She's 10 years old, but her mother, Eve Bowen, Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, is a narcissistic conservative politician who always thinks 'it's all about her.' Charlotte is kidnapped, but despite all of the evidence mommy dearest thinks her one-week ex-fling, Dennis Luxford, the far left newspaper The Source editor-in-chief, is pulling a con of some type.

When they met eleven years ago, both were newspaper reporters. Now, they each married other people
this is a well written, well paced, well developed mystery. elizabeth george sure likes to pack her stories with language (details details details), but since i like my books to go on and on, and her going on and on is well done, i am not complaining, at all.

okay, now that i got that out of the way let me talk about women and mysteries. men and mysteries, too. the latter first. i learned today (here) that the millennium trilogy, of which i read only the first installment, a book that struck me
Diana Donnelly
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th book I've read by Elizabeth George. To date all of her books have been lengthy as was this one with 621 pages, but I find I'm captivated with her stories and don't mind their length. Since this book revolves around the same characters, I have become interested in their personal lives as well as the lives of those connected to them. This particular mystery was exceptional. You had your suspicions who the guilty party was but were never totally convinced. The ending was a total sur ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
Once again, Elizabeth George does it! She has written a great murder mystery that keeps you guessing (at least, I was) to almost the very end. I also liked it because Sargeant Barbara Havers played a key role, and she's always a favorite of mine.

The two main characters, the parents of a child who has been kidnapped, are so despicable you love to hate them. The mother, a Tory politician, is so caught up in her own self-worth, that she won't give in to the kidnapper's demands so as not to ruin he
Spoilers will be under the tags, but don't worry if you are prone to accidently click on them, they still won't tell you who the kidnapper is!

This book was a piece of work.
Not because of the page count. I don't mind high page counts at all (as long as they're justified - but more on that later).
The reason why this was hard to read was because of the characters. Elizabeth George is a master of writing realistic characters. They feel like real people.
The problems start when the story is about h
Jane Giardino
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. These books are LONG; I confess I peeked at the final pages to learn whodunit but still read and enjoyed the details, the cast of characters, the suspense. I spent a lot of time reading when I had other things that needed doing. Very literate, subtle.
C.J. Prince
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pushed me right over the edge of my comfort zone and yet I could not put it down and read far into the night and shunned daytime distractions until yes, now I have finished it. Generally, I go for mystery lite. This is deep, complex, twisted, engaging and impossible to guess what intrigue is just around the corner.

(Nevada Barr ups the amps and pushes me out of my comfort zone but after reading all but her last book, I cannot not read what will happen next. So, it is with Elizabeth Geor
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Inspector Linley series novel starts off a very slow, and at times, seems endless, but it is worth finishing. Tabloid editor Dennis Luxford receives a post instructing him to acknowledge his first-born, whom has been kidnapped. If not, she will be killed. But she is the daughter of Even Bowen, member of Parliment and junior primte minister. Eve refuses to acquiesce, and 10 year old Lottie's body is found in Wiltshire, about 90 minutes from where she was taken.

Inspector Thomas Linley is put
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Back to Elizabeth George a wonderful writer even if I do have to keep a dictionary at my side. This American writer from Orange County, CA. bases her novels on mysteries in an about the British Isles and Dectective Inspector Thomas Lynley, a.k.a. 8th Earl of Asherton . This is not an author for those intimidated by words of seven or more letters.

"In the Presence of the Enemy is a brilliantly insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted by self-interest, of the sins of parents visited upon
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
My wife knows that I enjoy British detective mysteries and recommended this one to me. I am glad that she did! The plot is innovative and complex, with a wide range of believable characters and detailed descriptions of all phases of the investigation. It gives particular insight into two unwholesome professions, politics and tabloid journalism and the people who choose them as careers. I have never before seen a ransom demand like the one proposed here. Most importantly, this book does what a go ...more
Jamie Collins
Another good contemporary British murder mystery from Elizabeth George. This time around we get child abductions and blackmail, a cold-hearted Tory MP who's more worried about her career than her missing child, and a Labour party tabloid publisher who's worried that his (8-yr-old) son isn't manly enough.

The author still cheats by giving you the point of view of the murderer, making him or her seem innocent, but otherwise the mystery was very well done.

We have more baby drama from the St. James's
In the Presence of the Enemy deserves a least another half star. One of the pleasures of this book is that Simon St. James, childhood friend and forensic scientist, his wife Deborah and Lady Helen Clyde have about half of the of the story to themselves.

The plot moves well, and even if you think you know who did it about three quarters through the book, the writing compels you to go on to the end.

Another enjoyable feature of the book is that Havers gets to head her own arm of the investigation.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was tempted to go all 5 stars on this one, but hey, it's not a classic. Still, for me, this is the best of the Lynley series so far, mainly because George is able to give all her very attractive characters their due, with a great balance between 1st third and final third, and with Lynley and Havers really extending themselves in new ways. Moreover, the secondary characters (those in peril or with loved ones in peril) are well fleshed out, and the tone of the battle between the Tory government ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A cracking second half of the book makes up a bit for a slow moving first 250 pages. The characters of Simon, Helen and Deborah tend to put me to sleep, and they are prominent early on. When Lynley and Havers appear and the investigation proceeds the author hits her stride.

The character of Eve Bowen seems too harsh and is hard to buy into. The depiction of the tabloid newspaper rings true. George describes the pastoral canal area of Wiltshire beautifully, and I've never been to England let alone
Mary Helene
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Helene by: Whatcom Reads
Shelves: mysteries
This is the Whatcom Reads choice for this year - the whole county reading one book. I was thrilled to have a woman author and a mystery chosen for this year, but I was disappointed in the text itself. The characters obviously have histories I know nothing about. The premise seems unlikely to me on several counts - would the public really care that much about who fathered your ten year old child? The killer himself - it all seems a little over the top. What I did like: an indictment (subtle thoug ...more
Aug 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this particular book in the Lynley series. I thought the beginning was highly improbable and probably illegal. After Inspector Lynley got involved the pace picked up and I started to enjoy the book more until the storyline with Sgt Havers. I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot after all the care the author has taken to develop her character to put her in this situation. Overall the writing was good and I enjoyed the book as I have all the others but this has definitely bee ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? It was chosen by my book club. Not my favorite genre for many reasons but mainly because I read for pleasure and crime/murder mysteries bring me little pleasure. I also found many of the characters not believable. That being said - I found myself interested in the book and curious about who did it. It is the kind of book I could imagine buying on vacation, because I ran out of books and enjoying it but leaving it behind when it was time to go home!
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books in the Inspector Lynley series. As usual, I could not identify the criminal until the end of the book - there's always a surprise twist! Sergeant Havers took the lead for much of the book and she's probably my favorite character. I like the core of characters in the series and that George alternates the lead between different ones of them. A "hard to put down" book.
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth George crafts intricate plots involving human relations at their darkest and most intimate. My head is still spinning from this last one. In the final pages, I couldn't put it down. Be prepared for the long haul when you open one of her books. I never did see the complete PBS series featuring Tommy Lynley & his cohorts.
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Improbable, impossible and too many stereotypes for my taste. I am certain the following books will be better as I love this author, these characters, and especially the woman who suggested this series to me.
dopo alti e bassi ecco una storia discreta: sempre un po' troppo lunga ma non male. Limitate, per fortuna, le inevitabili manfrine esistenziali del manipolo di protagonisti fissi

Laura Corna
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un romanzo giallo che tiene inchiodati alla lettura dall'inizio alla fine. Specialmente verso la fine...
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller! George keeps you turning the page right up to the end!
Satinder Hawkins
Holy cow! This was just about as perfect a mystery as I've read this year.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ero quasi tentata di premiarlo con cinque stelline. Perché di fatto, questo della George, nella costruzione, nell’intreccio, nell’introspezione psicologica di diversi personaggi e nella denuncia di vizi sociali sottili ma sempre più dilaganti (quali il cinismo dei rapporti di coppia e l’ipocrisia pronta a coprire il finto bene nei confronti dei figli), è un thriller grandioso. Ha solo un grosso difetto, che poi è quello che non mi ha fatto amare la George in altri romanzi, privi di un intreccio ...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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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Lynley (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)
  • Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley, #2)
  • Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)
  • A Suitable Vengeance (Inspector Lynley, #4)
  • For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley, #5)
  • Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)
  • Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, #7)
  • Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley, #9)
  • In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley, #10)
  • A Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley, #11)
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