What Came Before He Shot Her

What Came Before He Shot Her

Inspector Lynley Series, Book 14

eBook - 2009
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The brutal, inexplicable death of Inspector Thomas Lynley's wife has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Even more horrifying is that the trigger was apparently pulled by a twelve-year-old boy. Who is he? Where did he come from? And what were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation?That story begins on the other side of London, in rough North Kensington, where the three mixed-race, virtually orphaned Campbell children are bounced first from their grandmother then to their aunt. The oldest, fifteen-year-old Ness, is headed for trouble as fast as her high-heeled boots will take her. That leaves the middle child, Joel, to care for the youngest, Toby. No one wants to put it into words, but something clearly isn't right with Toby.Before long, there are signs that Joel himself has problems. A local gang starts harassing him and threatening his brother. To protect his family, Joel makes a pact with the devil—a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas Lynley.The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful, emotional novel full of deep psychological insights, a novel that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780061805745
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 16, 2019

Loved it.
Life is complicated. Esp with poverty and violence rampant.
How to explain bad behavior, violent behavior?
Empathize or hold accountable...
Times are changing...
Listen to: The End of Empathy - https://one.npr.org/i/712276022:712504048

Apr 11, 2018

I'm so glad that I read the comments about this book before attempting to read it. I did manage to get through 70 pages before skipping to page 520, where I picked up the story line quite seamlessly. Then, after reading another 35 pages, I jumped to page 742, where I was able to jump right in again. From there, I skimmed to the end to read a foregone conclusion on page 805. So, I'm left to wonder, what exactly is the purpose of a novel? I found this one very depressing, and not very enlightening (if anyone who has bothered to listen to the the world news could attest). Most novels build up to a climax, and try to keep the reader interested in the story along the way. This book basically was a dry accounting of what went on in the days leading up to Helen's murder, and we already knew the climax. We definitely could have done without 804 pages of explaining the human condition. I had thought that perhaps the author would have let the reader know what happened to Joel's aunt (and his brother Toby) after he was arrested. I mean, we were dragged along in a story where we became interested in what happened to these characters, so why just drop the narrative when Havers and Nkata meet Joel? Maybe this part of the story continues in the next book of the series, but I'm not counting on it.

Mar 29, 2016


maricbuchan Apr 29, 2014

Together with "with no one as witness" this is a master book; one really must love to read to absorve all the nuances of her story. Perfectly crafted, as most of her books. Elizabeth George, a master writter!

Apr 06, 2014

I want my money back! Bitterly disappointed with this book. E G abused our love for her Linley series with this book.

Feb 02, 2013

Totally agree with "anon-reader"s comments. Very frustrating to read -- all the more so as I was expecting Ins. Lynley et al. and was disappointed. (My fault for not reading the book description.) Skipped more pages than I read from mid-way to end: the sociological treatise was too much!

Oct 12, 2012

The story was compelling and touching, although hard to read. I don't like dialogue that tries to imitate an accent or local vernacular. I found it quite distracting. At the core however, is a gut-wrenching expose of life as an unwanted child in a racially divided society. George's insight to the human condition made it worth the heavy slogging to get through this sad sad tale of the futility of trying to better onesself.

mikeyppl Mar 29, 2012

I know a lot of Lynley fans didn't care for this book but I feel it was ine of her best. I also feel that there will be a sequel to this as I can't see Lynley not looking further into Helen's death.

Mar 25, 2012

Miz George loves t’imitate de English accent. Even more, Miz George loves t’imitate de accent as she imagine it being spoke by de black residents of London, innit. Problem is, readers may b’come vexed by all de “dat” and “innit” and “slag” she use. I t’ink she overdo it wit’ de accent and slang. ‘N some readers may t’ink it a bit rascist dat ever’ black person in de book is either a drug dealer, delinquent, slag or male hottie. It b’ecome vexing, innit? ‘N I t’ink she even use de contraction “innit” incorrect. “innit” is used only in sentences where ‘n interrogative is appropriate, innit?

‘N if de language don’t vex de reader, de story will. De story meander along. T’ings happen. Miz George tug at de heart strings wit’ family tragedies dat would make even Charles Dickens embarrassed t’include. ‘N if de reader already read de previous book in de sequence, well den, d’reader know how it goin’ to end, innit?

Dis reader become very vexed wit’ de book. If you lookin’ to read a Miz George detective mystery, skip dis book and read de next book in de series instead. Innit?

Sep 19, 2010

I love this series and the writing, but this book's different and I really didn't like it or get "into" it.

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