Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Reading List

She's one of my favorite writers of police procedurals, all of them set in Great Britain although she's American, and most starring Inspector Thomas Lynley and his assistants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. I was surprised to find the usual heroes not mentioned here, but George has turned her hand to the theme that most interests her as an outside observer of the British class system. She writes quite believably about a kind of cliff-hanging poverty in which every choice is the difference between a good and a dire outcome. The characters are fully wrought and rather wonderful. I bought a copy for our local DA, who witnesses this kind of saga all the time. Few who didn't live it have told this kind of story this well. Despite knowing the outcome from the moment of reading the title, I found this a captivating page turner--at over 500 pages!

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