With No One as Witness
By Elizabeth George
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060545611, 784pp.)
Publication Date: March 2006
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The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the fourth murdered boy -- the first white victim -- his body draped over a tomb in a London graveyard. Suddenly a series of crimes and a potential public relations disaster have Scotland Yard on the defensive, scrambling to apprehend a maniac while avoiding accusations of racism.
Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley, distracted by concerns for his pregnant wife, has been assigned to the investigation, along with his disgraced partner, Barbara Havers, who's fighting for her professional future. Winston Nkata -- deservedly, if hastily, promoted to detective sergeant -- is the black face who will speak to the media. But none of them can imagine the tenacity and ingenuity of the killer they seek . . . and no one is prepared for the savage, shocking instant when everything will change forever.
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.
“Delicately textured...achingly compassionate...gripping...it’s one of George’s best, and that’s saying something.”
“[A] juicy serial killer whodunit.”
“This one grabs the reader all the way.”
“Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
-Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“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)
“A good read.”
-San Jose Mercury News