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What Came Before He Shot Her (2006)

by Elizabeth George

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Series: Lynley/Havers Mysteries (14)

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Incredibly depressing. I'm assuming the author is trying to take her series into new territory, remaking her hero in the process. While this book answers the questions readers are left with from the previous book, it's not an uplifting read. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
If you are looking for an Inspector Lynley book don't get this one. It may be a good book but it was so depressing that I couldn't read it thoroughly and skipped large chunks to get to the end. It may be a brave attempt by Elizabeth George to do something different but it should not be marketed as a Lynley novel IMHO. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
What Came before He Shot Her. Elizabeth George. 2006. Who would have ever thought I’d read a seven hundred page plus book on mixed-race immigrants in London? Not me. And I questioned the time I spent on this book most of the way through it. George is an excellent writer, and I enjoyed her style, and seeing how the British social services takes care of or tries to take care of troubled children. The pregnant wife of a policeman was gunned down in the middle of the day at her front door. The novel relates the events preceding the murder. The three Campbell children are left with their Kendra when their grandmother decides to go to Jamaica to be with her “man.” Kendra tries her best to take care of the trouble children whose mother is in a mental institution and whose father was killed by accident when he got in the way of a stray bullet during a drug exchange. Joel tries desperately to protect his older sister who becomes involved with drugs, illicit sex and shoplifting. His younger brother Toby is either mentally retarded are mentally troubled and is a magnet for bullies. The authorities though well-meaning are powerless against peer pressure and street culture. This was a fascinating but said book. ( )
  judithrs | Aug 17, 2014 |
Like many of the latter "Inspector Lynley Mysteries," What Came Before He Shot Her demonstrates George's desire to expand the series beyond being a series of mysteries solved by an English peer and his lower-class sidekick. In this case, the novel fills in the life of the young kid who killed Lynley's wife at the climax of With No One As Witness. It's okay. Like a lot of the latter Lynley novels, it's about 200 pages too long; I get that you're supposed to think this kid has no options in life, but there comes a point where the repeated horribleness of his life becomes monotonous to the reader. It also seems a bit contrived; one would hope that the world isn't as horrible as George paints it here, and the ways in which people fail to help our protagonist go a little too far at some points.

Also of note: there's lot of characters in this book who have failed to reach their potential and become criminals or dropouts... and they're all men. We're told all these seemingly thuggish men read philosophy or are great poets or whatever. They have potential they've failed to realize, and we're meant to feel sorry as a result. The criminal/thuggish women, though... they're just that way, sexual creatures apparently without even unrealized intellectual potential. It's very weird.
  Stevil2001 | Sep 7, 2013 |
It was a book that cought me from the first page and did not let go untill I read the final page... I saw it coming, the things that were happening in the book, but did not mind that at all. It was more that the book took me with it, along the path of the main characters and led me with them to the end.
For me certainly worth reading again. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Blankestijn, MargaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cervin, JanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A kind and well-loved woman was brutally and inexplicably murdered. The pregnant wife of a respected police inspector, her death has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Perhaps most horrifying of all, the trigger of the weapon that killed her was apparently pulled by a stranger . . . a twelve-year-old boy.

The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful, emotional novel full of deep psychological insights, a novel that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.

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Three abandoned children--Ness, who loses herself in drugs, alcohol, and fast boys; Toby, who harbors problems nobody is willing to acknowledge; and Joel, who forges a pact that sets a terrible crime into motion--become the focus of a murder investigation.… (more)

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