What Came Before He Shot Her Book by Elizabeth George

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The brutal, inexplicable death of Inspector Thomas Lynley's wife has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Even more horrifying is that the trigger was apparently pulled by a twelve-year-old boy. Who is he? Where did he come from? And what were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation?

That story begins on the other side of London, in rough North Kensington, where the three mixed-race, virtually orphaned Campbell children are bounced first from their grandmother then to their aunt. The oldest, fifteen-year-old Ness, is headed for trouble as fast as her high-heeled boots will take her. That leaves the middle child, Joel, to care for the youngest, Toby. No one wants to put it into words, but something clearly isn't right with Toby.

Before long, there are signs that Joel himself has problems. A local gang starts harassing him and threatening his brother. To protect his family, Joel makes a pact with the devil—a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas Lynley.

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.


About Elizabeth George

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Elizabeth George is a popular teacher and speaker at Christian women's events.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 560 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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His dad has died in the wake of a drug deal gone wrong, his mother drifts in and out of psychosis in a locked ward and his granny’s decamped for Jamaica, leaving him, his in-your-face sister Ness, 15, and their loony brother Toby, 8, in a scruffy London flat with their aunt Kendra.

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Bestseller George (With No One as Witness ) departs from the usual investigative nuts and bolts of her Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers mystery thrillers with this searing examination of the lives of one horribly dysfunctional family and their immigrant London milieu.

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"A wanton act of destruction" --- no, not a murder as such, but the way one of Elizabeth George's outraged readers described the unhappy ending of WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS, her second-to-last book: Helen, the adored pregnant wife of George's policeman hero, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, is gun...

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Unfortunately, to be indebted to the Blade entails the performance of a criminal act of his choosing, and Joel's choice to carry out his assignment is what leads to the story's unfathomably devastating conclusion.

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Sarah Weinman Philadelphia Inquirer 0.5 of 5 Stars "The book is a narrow and claustrophobic portrait of the people who live at the ‘bottom,’ who have no knowledge of or care about the wider world they live in because it has been beaten or squeezed out of them: No interest in education, no op...

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