REVIEWS - SOMETHING TO HIDE
bestseller George’s superlative 21st novel featuring Acting Det.
Chief Supt. Thomas Lynley (after 2018’s The Punishment She
Deserves), Lynley and his team, including Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers,
look into a particularly sensitive murder case during a London
summer “hot enough... to make an iguana sweat.” When an undercover
officer who was investigating illegal Nigerian “medical services”
offered at a women’s health clinic in Hackney is found in a coma in
her flat, she’s taken to the hospital, where she dies. The autopsy
reveals that a blow to her head fractured her skull. No one is in
the clear as the case widens and the lies pile up. Everyone has
something to hide, including the immigrant Bankole family forcing an
arranged marriage on their 18-year-old son, Tanimola, and a horrific
surgical procedure on their eight-year-old daughter, Simisola, in
order to get a “good bride price.” Established fans will be glad to
see Lynley’s lifelong friends, photographer Deborah St. James and
her husband, Simon, lend support. Racism, sexism, class, blackmail,
and cultures clash in explosive ways. This is a memorable addition
to a series that has aged well and promises more."
“There's a hidden undercurrent in the story, which
speaks to George's title. . . . Mystery buffs will be pleased that .
. . they won’t be likely to guess at the murderer’s identity until
the very last pages. A skillfully spun yarn.”
An autopsy unexpectedly reveals that a police
detective was murdered, and the case she was working on—involving
North London's Nigerian community—is turned over to Acting Detective
Superintendent Thomas Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton. Along with D.S.
Winston Nkata and white working-class D.S. Barbara Havers, he
encounters a community with which he is largely unfamiliar, whose
members seem to cooperate yet have painful secrets to hide.
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