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review 2019-08-19 22:46
The Fallout
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner - Elizabeth George

Not too much to say except that reading about the fallout from Haver's actions in the last book drove this one a lot. Havers is still with the force, but demoted. Lynley feels as if Havers was not properly punished for what she did and is reluctant to work with her again. Through a new case though (the investigation into two young people who are found murdered) Havers works mostly with Winston Nkata in this one. So we get to see a new dynamic between long standing characters. And we get to see more changes between Lynley and Helen now that they are married. Per usual, Lynley is angry that Helen dares to act independent of him. I thought the case was interesting, but the why behind it was pretty ridiculous. Usually that would be enough for me to lower a star. However, I read the next book in the series already, and this one is practically Shakespeare compared to that one.


"In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner" has Lynley asked to investigate from a former undercover who was well renowned in the police force. The man's twenty year old daughter is found dead and a nearby young man is also found. Through a lot of twists and turns, Lynley finds out about a darker life that the young woman was embarking on. What I thought was interesting about this one is that so many people were setting out to protect others, but in the end, if any of them had been honest about things, I think a different ending would have happened.


Lynley is a prig in this one. He's pretty ticked that Havers disobeyed a direct order and he wants her to show some contrition about what she did. This of course gets back to Lynley not really liking it when the women in his life don't act as he wants then to. Heck, this book sets up several unpleasant revelations regarding how he views his now wife. She is supposed to agree with him always and not take anyone else's side. This view of marriage is quite grim.

Havers though she's feeling thrown due to the ultimate decision about her police fate and now with Lynley not really talking to her or wanting to talk to her, is still focused on showing him what she can do. She also wants to prove him wrong and I can't blame her. I loved her burgeoning friendship with Winston though. He truly sees Havers for how she is and how good she is. Something Lynley often does not.


The writing was good, but could have been cut way back. Per usual George throws in POVs via a variety of people I won't get into here. The flow does work though because she keeps the book moving pretty crisply until you find out who the murder is and I really went what and shook my head.

The ending leaves things on a more hopeful and friendly note with Havers and Lynley though. 

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text 2019-08-16 22:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner - Elizabeth George

The why behind the murder was a hot mess. Everything else before that was pretty much perfect. We have Lynley and Havers at odds since the results of the internal investigation into Havers actions in the last book have left her on the job, but demoted. Havers refuses to be cowed under by this, but is when she realizes that Lynley doesn't support her and if it wasn't for the actions of someone else, she would be off of the force. The case that Lynley is involved in is the murder of an ex-undercover man who worked for an elite unit. Lynley and the local DI on the case get into the life of Nicola Maiden and what they find isn't pretty. I have to say I went back and forth on who did it and why and felt oddly deflated by the reveal. Also i wish someone would just put it out there that how Lynley views women is problematic at best. Every book there's some new revelation into his psyche and it's getting old. He doesn't think that women in his life should be allowed any freedom to not do what he says. We have to see if this times it sticks or what. 

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review 2014-02-13 02:00
In Pursuit Of The Proper Sinner
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley, #10) - Elizabeth George

I bought this book in a library sale for I think 0,50 Euro; because I'm a fan of the Lynley tv-series...


It took me a long time to really get into the story. It's a long book, about 750 pages, people might think that's quite a lot for a detective book. Well, it is. The start felt very slow, and it took more than 200 pages to start really enjoying the story.


Truth be told, after that, I found it hard to put the book down. I can't really say what changed for me, but it almost felt as if I was reading another book altogether. So, in the end, it wasn't a bad book, it was quite nice to read. Maybe it didn't help in the beginning that this is the tenth novel in the Lynley series, so obviously I've missed a lot of character development (although I've gotten to know quite a lot about Lynley and Havers trough the tv-series)


Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book

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review 2013-07-21 20:58
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley Mystery, Book 10)
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley, #10) - Elizabeth George When two bodies are found in a prehistoric stone circle questions are asked why they died. As the police start digging into the characters you find that the lives of the characters are convoluted and involved and very human. Add to that some backgrounded stuff with Lynley and one of his underlings Barbara Havers and you find that the long book travels quite quickly. I enjoyed the read, it could maybe have been edited a bit down from the over 700 pages but I'm not sure you'd have lost a lot of information. Made me inclined to find more of this series.
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review 2013-05-30 00:00
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner - Elizabeth George Don't know what it was exactly about this one, but it didn't really rivet me the way some of George's books have. My main issue was (as is frequently the case) Havers' obstinate refusal to perform the assignment she is given. I have to wonder if a real DC would not have been given her walking papers by now, given how many times she has screwed up. Results, yes, but a police force lives and dies by its hierarchical structure, and I don't know that her behavior would continue to be tolerated despite the results.
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