REVIEWS - SOMETHING TO HIDE

"In 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."
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Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“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.”
--Kirkus

“’Abso-bloody-lutely’ good! That would be DS Barbara Havers’ verdict on this one. . . . An unsettling and thoroughly involving narrative . . . [that] offers another artful entanglement of multidimensional characters.”
-- Booklist

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.
-- Library Journal


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