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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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This wasn't the typical Inspector Lynley mystery. Without giving spoilers, it is difficult to give a reason directly. This book is about the background life of a shooter and his family. George sets up an inevitable combination of forces that predicted the outcomes. It was decent storytelling. I missed the presence of the Inspector and Havers, however. ( )
  Christina_E_Mitchell | Sep 9, 2017 |
Pesante, difficile, lungo. Non è la solita George, ma è difficile lasciare il libro a metà. Arrivare all'ultima pagina è stata un'agonia: la curiosità spingeva ad andare a vanti, i temi duri scoraggiavano. Ce l'ho fatta, ma che fatica! ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
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 |
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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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