Just One Evil Act

Just One Evil Act

Book - 2013
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In this gripping child-in-danger story, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, investigate the kidnapping of a friend's little girl from an Italian marketplace. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she's willing to go to protect it.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2013]
ISBN: 9780525952961
Branch Call Number: M GEORGE ELIZABE
Characteristics: 723 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 07, 2019

One of the author’s best in the series. Complex, thought provoking character studies with plenty of twists and turns. One does have to suspend the belief somewhat that Barbara rolls the dice with her career, yet, on the other hand, she is single, with little social life, and Azhar and Hadiyyah are the closest thing to family she has. I felt her desperation at not being allowed to go look for the little girl she loves and the dismissal of others who don’t acknowledge or consider the validity and depth of her feelings.

Yes, this novel is long and detailed, just as Harry Potter books are. Personally, I was so immersed in the dilemmas of the characters and the mystery, and the setting and culture of Lucca, Italy, did not want this book to end. But I am an Elizabeth George fan. She always makes me think and consider the nuances of the choices we make and the pain we mask.

If you are new to this author, this is not the book to start with. Start with the first book of the series, read them in order, and you will see how these characters have been developed over the years. The preceding books help to define the next one.

Aug 30, 2018

This author comes highly recommended and this happened to be the first book I picked up. It appears I made the wrong choice when attempting to read this author's books.

This book was dreadfully boring and annoying! The first hundred pages or so just dragged on and on and on. Like it was never ending! It took way too long to set up the story, most of which could have been edited out. For most of the book, I pretty much just skimmed through certain sections and was still able to keep up with the story. I definitely skipped through the Lynley and Daidre scenes because I didn't like their chemistry and it was so awkward. I skipped through the bulk of the scenes where Italian is being spoken but no translation was provided <- that got on my nerves since I had to take a halfhearted guess at what was being said. Seriously why provide translation for some words and sentences but leave the bulk of it untranslated?! So frustrating.

Barbara Haver might be a brilliant sergeant but she is clearly too emotionally tied to the victims to think clearly. I feel like she is presented as a bumbling fool most of the time only for people to under estimate her intelligence and boom she somehow resolves part of the mystery. SERIOUSLY?! She fumbles around, even when strictly told by her superiors NOT TO! And what happens? Well some stern warnings, blah blah blah, and oh look she appears to have been able to keep her job?!

I didn't connect or like most of the characters. I felt like I was just going through the motions and kept pushing to see the mystery unravel. This was a snoozefest, it could have done with a LOT of editing to cut down on the hefty and bloated pages.

Jun 19, 2018

Having read the comments posted on this book, I knew what I was getting in to when I decided to read it. I basically just skimmed over the Italian bits, because the author kind of explained a lot of what was said immediately after, through the thought process of the characters involved or their dialogue. I really don't understand why Elizabeth George chose to do this, because she even had Italian words scattered throughout English dialogue between two Italian characters speaking to one another. Why wouldn't they be speaking exclusively in their native language? She should have dedicated a few pages at the end of the book to translate the Italian words and phrases used, but it still would have been annoying to have to keep flipping back and forth. As I said, I did get the general story just by ignoring the Italian bits, and I found it kept me interested until the very end.

Jul 12, 2017

What's with the Italian with no translation?
Do I have to pull out my English-Italian
dictionary to read this book? that I didn't like.
But in general I liked the book. Long books don't bother me

Feb 22, 2017

Have a Italian to English dictionary handy. Maybe Ms. George is learning Italian and has lumbered the readers with it.

Dec 26, 2016

Is it possible to love the characters but hate the author? I find myself wondering if she's including all the tedious details so her trips to wherever the current book is based are tax deductible! This one had the added frustration of conversations in Italian. I'll probably continue to read her books but wish she could tighten them up a little.

Oct 18, 2016

Strongly plotted, with George's usual attention to the completely human side of her characters. The nesting mysteries emerge organically from the desperately believable emotions.

Aug 27, 2016

excellent read. I am totally enamored of this author. I can't wait to read another

Jan 16, 2016

Started but never finished! Tedious, convoluted, too many offshoot plots, and waaaaay too long! Wish EG would get back on track with Lynley and Havers.

Sep 08, 2014

I have always been a fan of Ms George. Havers & Lynley are such delightful characters. Ms George's attention to (local) detail - particularly for someone who lives in Washington State is superb! Her knowledge is encyclopedic but she made one error near the beginning describing kids sports gear - her description was for hockey and football (US) not a typical British child!
This book is too long and it only began to become a page turner in the last 200 pages - however all in all it is quality reading.

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