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In the Presence of the Enemy [PDF] ✈ In the Presence of the Enemy Author Elizabeth George – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Hailed as the king of sleaze, tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions But when he opens an innocuous looking letter addressed to him Hailed as the king of sleaze, tabloid editor Presence of PDF/EPUB ¿ Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions But when he opens an innocuous looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting In the PDF/EPUB ² out secrets as wellTen year old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die But Charlotte s existence is Luxford s most fiercely guarded secret, and acknowledging her as his child will throw than one life the Presence of PDF ↠ and career into chaos Luxford knows that the story of Charlotte s paternity could make him a laughingstock and reveal to his beautiful wife and son the lie he s lived for a decade Yet it s not only Luxford s reputation that s on the line it s also the reputation and career of Charlotte Bowen s mother For she is Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, one of the most high profile Junior Ministers and quite possibly the next Margaret ThatcherKnowing that her political future hangs in the balance, Eve Bowen refuses to let Luxford damage her career by printing the story or calling the police So the editor turns to forensic scientist Simon St James for help It s a case that fills St James with disquiet, however, for none of the players in the drama seem to react the way one would expectThen tragedy occurs and New Scotland Yard becomes involved Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley soon discovers that the case sends tentacles from London into the countryside, and he must simultaneously outfox death as he probes Charlotte Bowen s mysterious disappearance Meanwhile, his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, working part of the investigation on her own and hoping to make the coup of her career, may be drawing closer to a grim solution and to danger than anyone knowsIn the Presence of the Enemy is a brilliantly insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted by self interest, of the sins of parents visited upon children, and of the masks that hide people from each other and from themselves From the Paperback edition.

    In the Presence of the Enemy Epub æ the Presence of it s also the reputation and career of Charlotte Bowen s mother For she is Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, one of the most high profile Junior Ministers and quite possibly the next Margaret ThatcherKnowing that her political future hangs in the balance, Eve Bowen refuses to let Luxford damage her career by printing the story or calling the police So the editor turns to forensic scientist Simon St James for help It s a case that fills St James with disquiet, however, for none of the players in the drama seem to react the way one would expectThen tragedy occurs and New Scotland Yard becomes involved Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley soon discovers that the case sends tentacles from London into the countryside, and he must simultaneously outfox death as he probes Charlotte Bowen s mysterious disappearance Meanwhile, his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, working part of the investigation on her own and hoping to make the coup of her career, may be drawing closer to a grim solution and to danger than anyone knowsIn the Presence of the Enemy is a brilliantly insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted by self interest, of the sins of parents visited upon children, and of the masks that hide people from each other and from themselves From the Paperback edition."/>
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  • 23 December 2019
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About the Author: Elizabeth George

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Presence of PDF/EPUB ¿ GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformationSusan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the In the PDF/EPUB ² BBC as The Inspector Lynley MysteriesShe was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen months old She was a student of English, receiving a teaching certificate While teaching English in the public school system, she completed an advanced the Presence of PDF ↠ degree in psychologyHer first published novel was A Great Deliverance in , featuring Thomas Lynley, Lord Asherton, a Scotland Yard inspector of noble birth Barbara Havers, Lynley s assistant, from a very working class background Lady Helen Clyde, Lynley s girlfriend and later wife, of noble birth as well and Lynley s friends Simon and Deborah St JamesThis Elizabeth George is distinct from the other author named Elizabeth George Christian authorSeries Inspector Lynley.



10 thoughts on “In the Presence of the Enemy

  1. Lisa (Harmonybites) Lisa (Harmonybites) says:

    Of the eight Lynley novels I ve read, I d rank this third, after the first, A Great Deliverance and the third, Well Schooled in Murder Not that I felt that way through Part One, which is almost another book I d rate much lower for two reasons First, that first part involves only that Tiresome Three tm Simon and Deborah St James and Lady Helen Clyde So not my favorite George characters Second, and worse, they engage in utterly stupid behavior that s a pet peeve of mine in amateur detectiv Of the eight Lynley novels I ve read, I d rank this third, after the first, A Great Deliverance and the third, Well Schooled in Murder Not that I felt that way through Part One, which is almost another book I d rate much lower for two reasons First, that first part involves only that Tiresome Three tm Simon and Deborah St James and Lady Helen Clyde So not my favorite George characters Second, and worse, they engage in utterly stupid behavior that s a pet peeve of mine in amateur detective fiction Charlotte, a ten year old girl, is kidnapped, and the mother, Eve Bowen, a Member of Parliament, a Junior Minister, and a rising star in the Tories doesn t want the police involved because she fears it would lead to publicity and the exposure of her daughter s paternity the editor of a tabloid with Labour leanings So the Tiresome Three go along with with this monstrous mother who acts like she misplaced a file, and don t call in the police For DAYS Oh, and when the police are called in and Lynley calls them on their behavior, he s the bad guy who dealt Deborah a death blow and once again puts his engagement with Helen in jeopardy It s all themaddening because there s no good reason for the St Jameses and Clyde to have gone along with not reporting the crime They have no particular loyalty personal or political to the people involved who are strangers to them and given their ties and loyalties to people at Scotland Yard they should know better.Finally, after nearly 250 pages, Detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers do come into the picture, and things do pick up immensely In fact, I d say the last hundred pages especially of the book are the most suspenseful I ve yet to read from Elizabeth George There s also a lotof Detective Constable Winston Nkata in this book in the last book he has a cameo really, and books before that just mentions This time he s a supporting player and if this presagesof a role for him from here on end in the Lynley mysteries I ll be glad of it And Havers Poor Havers But she s my favorite character in this series for good reasons And just as the Tiresome Three demonstrate in this novel why I don t care for them, Havers shows why she s enough to keep me reading this series

  2. Adrian Adrian says:

    Overall I quite enjoyed this book I am a great lover of whodunnits but had never read one of Elizabeth George s Lynley mysteries I have seen the tv show on many occasions so already had visions in my mind of the 2 main characters, and they haven t changed as the TV show is seems quite true to the books.The reason it took so long to read was not that I couldn t get into it, but was in fact due to a Summer of sport on TV sorry I love the Olympics and am a great follower of the Tour de F Overall I quite enjoyed this book I am a great lover of whodunnits but had never read one of Elizabeth George s Lynley mysteries I have seen the tv show on many occasions so already had visions in my mind of the 2 main characters, and they haven t changed as the TV show is seems quite true to the books.The reason it took so long to read was not that I couldn t get into it, but was in fact due to a Summer of sport on TV sorry I love the Olympics and am a great follower of the Tour de France, so I was up burning the midnight oil catching up with Team GBs medals and so had little time for reading no reflection on the book at all.It was from my TBR big box pile so will despite getting 4 stars and being enjoyable, still be wending its way to the local charity shop Will I read another Lynley mystery Probably but only when Ive caught up a lot else

  3. Idarah Idarah says:

    People didn t really change They merely dropped their personae when they considered it safe to do so, or when trying circumstances forced their exterior shells to shatter like childhood scherished beliefs Now that is how you write a police procedural I d forgotten how much I loved Lynley and Havers, and their creator, Elizabeth George My only gripe has been that her books keep getting longer and longer, which isn t always a bad thing when the buildup doesn t flatline midway throug People didn t really change They merely dropped their personae when they considered it safe to do so, or when trying circumstances forced their exterior shells to shatter like childhood scherished beliefs Now that is how you write a police procedural I d forgotten how much I loved Lynley and Havers, and their creator, Elizabeth George My only gripe has been that her books keep getting longer and longer, which isn t always a bad thing when the buildup doesn t flatline midway through the novel And that s happened with the last couple of books I ve read in this series, which is why I hadn t been too keen to pick it up again But book 20 is due out this spring, and it reminded me that I m nowhere near caught up with this series At 625 pages, this seemed like a daunting book to tote around, but I finished it in record time because it was so hard to put down at night The description on the back wasn t kidding when it states that a kidnapping and murder intersect in ways that you d never imagine, linking London with the rural countryside George is a master of the English countryside it s always a secondary character, but in this novel, her knowledge of London and its cramped, Dickensian neighborhoods, was also ever present I felt transported, and I just loved it I can t wait to crack on with the next book in the series This is my first read of 2018, and it s really cemented my yearly goal of picking up loose series threads I ve been meaning to revisit for some time I spent the better part of November and December reading books I d been saving for God knows when, and the results were 5 star reads all the way around So I aim to continue that process, and enjoy all the fruits of my personal library Happy reading year, everyone

  4. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Not too much to say except how much I loved this one George focuses not on Lynley in this one, but also Havers for a good portion We have a shocking crime and a reveal that I didn t see coming There is some poor Deborah stuff going on, but it s not all encompassing like it has been in the last few books In the Presence of the Enemy follows a tabloid journalist Dennis Luxford who is told that unless he prints the truth about his first born on the front page of his newspaper, then he is goi Not too much to say except how much I loved this one George focuses not on Lynley in this one, but also Havers for a good portion We have a shocking crime and a reveal that I didn t see coming There is some poor Deborah stuff going on, but it s not all encompassing like it has been in the last few books In the Presence of the Enemy follows a tabloid journalist Dennis Luxford who is told that unless he prints the truth about his first born on the front page of his newspaper, then he is going to be made to pay What follows is a long winding road that eventually ensnares St James, Deborah, and Lady Helen They are asked to look into a kidnapping, but are told no police are to be told Due to the fact that Luxford s first born is a ten year old girl named Charlotte Bowen who is a result of an affair he had with a conservative MP named Eve Bowen 11 years earlier Unfortunately tragedy occurs which is how New Scotland Yard gets called in which is how Lynley and Havers become involved in the case George deftly manages to juggle multiple POVs I have to say that Havers POV s ended up being really great and I loved the juxtaposition between her and Lynley The development of Lynley and Haver s friendship and working relationship is still a highlight in this series We still have Lynley pressing upon Lady Helen about marriage and this case throws things into a tailspin The writing was very good and each character s sections felt very distinct I thought The flow was a bit uneven at first which I happen to notice in George s works She takes a bit too long to set the stage The ending of the book was a huge surprise We also have Havers showing us what s she s made of I thought the ending was lovely though and smiled

  5. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    UPDATE 2 5 19 I m re reading this I always learn something from the way Elizabeth George structures her novels A great series It s really incredible how a woman from California can write so convincingly about Scotland Yard and England She explains how in the excellent writer s book Write Away.

  6. Catherine Catherine says:

    Well I think perhaps I would have enjoyed this bookhad it been half the length George does ramble on interminably about her character s inner thoughts, at no particularly great gain to the plot, and the idea of show not tell isn t high on her agenda The women in the book are a rum bunch I enjoyed the police detective, but the correlation between career woman and badly dressed virgin is predictable and so old hat as to be ridiculous No less ridiculous were the other key female charact Well I think perhaps I would have enjoyed this bookhad it been half the length George does ramble on interminably about her character s inner thoughts, at no particularly great gain to the plot, and the idea of show not tell isn t high on her agenda The women in the book are a rum bunch I enjoyed the police detective, but the correlation between career woman and badly dressed virgin is predictable and so old hat as to be ridiculous No less ridiculous were the other key female characters, one of whom wasor less a fainting lily because she couldn t have children I badly wanted to suggest she get therapy and one of whom was a clipped, middle class English woman who thought her fiancee was mean for suggesting she could have prevented a bad thing happening when she absolutely could have The gender relations in the book are baffling, and the resolution to the storyline a real anti climax.That said, i read the whole thing in one day I suppose it s like popcorn once you start, you can t stop

  7. LJ LJ says:

    IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ENEMY NRGeorge, Elizabeth 8th Insp LynleyWhen a young girl disappears from the streets of London without a trace, her mother, a well respected MP, is convinced she knows the identity of the kidnapper the child s father But Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers soon learn that nothing in this investigation is what it appears to be, and that in betrayal and deception, lies death.It should have been tight, suspenseful and involving and it just w IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ENEMY NRGeorge, Elizabeth 8th Insp LynleyWhen a young girl disappears from the streets of London without a trace, her mother, a well respected MP, is convinced she knows the identity of the kidnapper the child s father But Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers soon learn that nothing in this investigation is what it appears to be, and that in betrayal and deception, lies death.It should have been tight, suspenseful and involving and it just wasn t At 640 pages, it should have been about 200 pages shorter

  8. aPriL does feral sometimes aPriL does feral sometimes says:

    Poor little Charlotte Bowen She s 10 years old, but her mother, Eve Bowen, Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, is a narcissistic conservative politician who always thinks it s all about her Charlotte is kidnapped, but despite all of the evidence mommy dearest thinks her one week ex fling, Dennis Luxford, the far left newspaperThe Source editor in chief, is pulling a con of some type When they met eleven years ago, both were newspaper reporters Now, they each married other people Poor little Charlotte Bowen She s 10 years old, but her mother, Eve Bowen, Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, is a narcissistic conservative politician who always thinks it s all about her Charlotte is kidnapped, but despite all of the evidence mommy dearest thinks her one week ex fling, Dennis Luxford, the far left newspaperThe Source editor in chief, is pulling a con of some type When they met eleven years ago, both were newspaper reporters Now, they each married other people and carry on with their lives in separate realms she in politics, he in journalism There is no reason for either to ever interact socially however, the nature of their work naturally bring the two into conflict Bowen lives in a world where her every statement and even whether her makeup is correctly applied is on the front page of newspapers, plus she has to watch her back when with her fellow party members, who are jealous, ambitious, and looking to take her down so that they can move up over her She is incapable of seeing anything happen without seeing only conspiracies to get her fired When she decided to have Charlotte, the accidental pregnancy with Luxford, she had already decided to cut Luxford completely out of her life But until the delivery, she did not know she would hate being a mother Bowen is not abusive in the sense of physically striking out While she provides for Charlotte completely, she feels indifferent to her daughter s life and concerns Her husband, Alexander Stone, loves the little girl, so their reactions when learning Charlotte has been kidnapped from Luxford are quite different Luxford received a note demanding that he place on the front page of the newspaper the story that he and Bowen had a child together, publicly exposing their brief relationship Stone is frightened for the little girl, but Bowen angrily accuses Luxford of being behind the taking of Charlotte in order to embarrass Bowen She refuses to accept that Luxford is not holding their child somewhere, and that this entire kidnap story is a lie She refuses to cooperate with any front page story revealing their affair Luxford, who doesn t want to destroy Bowen, his child Charlotte s mother regardless of her hostile and irrational response, and not knowing if Charlotte will really be hurt, decides to ignore the kidnap threat After all, he has a legitimate child, Leo, 8 years old, along with an oblivious wife, Fiona, neither of whom know about his fling with Bowen or the fact of Charlotte being his illegitimate child.The kidnapper, who is real and who is NOT working with Luxford, decides to punish Luxford and Bowen when his demand is not met A little girl s body is discovered floating in a canal The threat is delivered again in a note And Leo is now missing Now, gentle reader, what follows is a data dump of my opinions I wasn t sure I was liking this book at first Charlotte s arduous imprisonment is difficult to read about without wincing in sympathy, and Bowen s cold self centeredness may strike some as ridiculous however, I ve actually known people like Bowen and I can verify they act exactly as the author has described Bowen in this novel I was also wondering for too long when Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, and CID detective, was going to be brought into the story It felt like he might not be investigating this one since it is Simon, Lynley s friend, and Lady Helen, Lynley s fianc , who Luxley turns to in order to find Charlotte Their investigation is described for almost a hundred pages of this lengthy mystery I don t have a clue why Lynley and Barbara Havers, his sergeant, are charismatic and extremely entertaining to me, but Simon and Helen are on a different wavelength from my manner of thinking Helen especially annoys me with her hothouse temperament I can t see what Lynley loves about Helen, but as usual, he sticks his foot in his mouth when he blows up at Simon and Helen for conducting their investigation without informing the police about the kidnap, and as usual Helen and Deborah, Simon s wife, are emotionally devastated by guilt and hurt Simon seems like a doormat to me, and his wife Deborah needs long term therapy I m getting extremely annoyed by Deborah s resistance to adopting a child, and I am thinking every time Simon and Deborah come up in this series with their emo suffering over her miscarriages that if I was Simon I would soon be like Frankly, my dear, I don t give a damn How tiring Deborah is with her easily solvable problem given their class and money and the need for adoptive parents all over the Western world For those readers who are politically correct and sensitive, skip the next sentence I am always thinking whenever Deborah appears in this series, what a stupid cow Thankfully, when Lynley and Havers finally appear, the case, and the writing, gains speed and strength I think I can tease a little bit by saying us readers, as well as the character Havers in particular, will be in for a hell of a roller coaster ride

  9. Lobstergirl Lobstergirl says:

    Commendably twisty and well plotted, with none of the awkward cameos from the lower classes that we often have to endure from George I particularly enjoyed the falling out between Lynley, Helen, St James and Deborah as Lynley attacks them you three cretins , deservedly And Helen calls Lynley you rotten little pharisee Later in the book the murdered child s mother s underpants clung damply to her crotch like an inebriate s palm Colorful You won t get that from Agatha Christie.

  10. Judy Judy says:

    When I discovered Elizabeth George I think it was the mid 1990s, and I devoured them She is such a great writer Somehow I missed some titles so I m going back to read them It s true that her books are long, but they hold my interest I would call her a literary author in the vein of P.D James If a person hasn t read her earlier books, they will miss the nuances between continuing characters, but the mystery will still be understandable.

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