What Came Before He Shot Her : Inspector Lynley

  • by Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by Inika Leigh Wright
  • Series: Inspector Lynley
  • 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The shocking conclusion of Elizabeth George's previous bestseller, With No One As Witness, saw the wife of New Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley gunned down in the street outside her home. Under arrest for the crime is a twelve-year-old boy, Joel Campbell. What possible motive could he have? What chain of events could have led such a child from the housing estates of North Kensington to the elegant streets of Belgravia with such deadly intent? The answer to these questions is a complex mixture of fate and circumstance. Abandoned (albeit involuntarily) by his parents, Joel and two siblings are dumped on the doorstep of his aunt's house. Kendra, childless and with two marriages behind her, is doing her best to turn her life around; responsibility for three troubled children is not what she had in mind. Drugs, neglect, violence and poverty are commonplace in North Kensington. Joel does his best to look out for his family, but that involves a Faustian pact. And the Devil will have his pay.

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What a waste of a credit!

This is the first book I have ever reviewed but it annoyed me so much on so many levels, I felt I had to to stop someone else wasting their money and time.

It was misleading of ER to market this book as an Inspector Lynley novel as it clearly was not what one would expect from a Lynley mystery. I did not enjoy the storyline or narrator's voice and I struggled to listen to the end, I only managed that by fast forwarding through several paragraphs.

The book was meant to explain the chain of events leading to Helen Lynley's murder but became a self-indulgent unpleasant analysis of social breakdown and how crime stems from that. It seems from the book that the poor and disadvantaged people are on a path of self-destruction, with no self-discipline and no empathy or even warmth towards one another. I found the stereotyping of all the 'groups' of characters insulting from many perspectives, " the incompetent, naive, bullying social worker"; "the friendly, wise Asian"; "the black gangers" and "the nasty racist policeman".

The least enjoyable book I have listened to for a long time.
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- Elaine

Big disapointment

Found it very difficult to listen to this Narrator with her very irritating childrens voices. Tried a few times to give it a chance but i couldn't bare it. Waste of money.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2011
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks