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In her previous novels, including the bestselling Playing for the Ashes, George has developed the characters of forensic scientist Simon St. James, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers to a fine degree. In this, her eighth novel, the secret love child of an ambitious politician and a sleazy tabloid publisher is kidnapped. When Scotland Yard gets involved, Lynley and Havers must elude death as they search for the child and her kidnappers. An insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted and retribution visited upon the heads of the innocent.From the Publisher:
Elizabeth George has been hailed as "an master practitioner of the modern English mystery"* and each of her previous seven novels has been an international bestseller. With In The Presence Of The Enemy, her finest work yet, George once again explores the incendiary themes of passion and betrayal that have made her a master of the genre she has made so distinctly her own--the classic detective story that is also a richly creative novel.
When a young girl disappears from the streets of London without a trace, her mother, a well-respected MP, is convinced she knows the identity of the kidnapper--the child's father. But Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers soon learn that nothing in this investigation is what it appears to be, and that in betrayal and deception, lies death.
Praise for Elizabeth George:
"Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare."--The Wall Street Journal
"Ms. George proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists."--The New York Times Book Review
"A master of the modern English mystery."--Entertainment Weekly
* The Sun, Baltimore Copyright © 1996 by Susan Elizabeth George.
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