With No One As Witness
By Elizabeth George
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060545604, 640pp.)
Publication Date: March 15, 2005
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley
takes on the case of his career.
When it comes to spellbinding suspense and page-turning excitement, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George always delivers. As the Wall Street Journal raves, "Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare."
In With No One as Witness, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate, meticulously researched, and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is back, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata. They are on the hunt for a sinister killer.
When an adolescent boy's nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of a tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize this as the work of a serial killer. This is the fourth victim in three months but the first to be white.
Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized racism in its failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard hands the case over to Lynley and his colleagues. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. Worse, a devastating tragedy within the police ranks causes them to fumble in their pursuit of him.
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de LittÉrature PoliciÈre, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.
“[A] juicy serial killer whodunit.”
“Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
“A good read.”
-San Jose Mercury News
“George fully develops every nuance of the racially loaded case--and every thrill in the chase. But it’s the note on which the novel ends that stuns as the series is violently wrenched onto new ground.”
-Daily News (NY)
“Delicately textured...achingly compassionate...gripping...it’s one of George’s best, and that’s saying something.”
“This one grabs the reader all the way.”
-Globe and Mail (Toronto)