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In the presence of the enemy

Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press ; Bath, England : Chivers Press, 1996.
Physical Description:
1008 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
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General Note:
"Thorndike large print"--Spine.
Tabloid editor Dennis Luxford's secret daughter has been abducted and will be killed if he does not claim her publicly. Eventually, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, are called in to help.
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Author Notes

Elizabeth George was born on February 26, 1949, in Warren, Ohio. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of California in Riverside and a master's degree in counseling/psychology from California State University at Fullerton. She taught English in high school for about thirteen years before leaving to become a full-time writer. She is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her novel, A Great Deliverance, won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere in 1989. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington. Her title's include Edge of Light, The Edge of the Shadows, The Edge of the Water, I, Richard, and The Punishment She Deserves.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

An MP's young daughter is abducted in a bestselling mystery that PW predicted will "live with the reader long after the last page is turned." (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

Another intriguing if overblown case for Scotland Yard's well- born Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his down-to-earth Sergeant Barbara Havers (Playing for the Ashes, 1994, etc.), with some crucial input from Lynley's old friend, forensic scientist Simon St. James. Eleven years ago, Dennis Luxford, editor of the fast-rising anti-Tory newspaper The Source, had a short-lived affair with Eve Bowen--then a reporter, now a power-hungry MP slated for stardom in the Conservative Party. Luxford was never named the father of Charlotte, child of that affair, and Eve, long married, has refused all contact with him. Now, Charlotte has been kidnapped, and Dennis, married to Fiona and father of eight-year- old Leo, has been commanded to acknowledge his first-born on The Source's front page--or Charlotte will die. Eve, paranoid in her ambition, accuses Dennis of manufacturing a muckraking plot against her and refuses to call in the police or to agree to the kidnapper's demand. The acknowledgement of parenthood goes unpublished, and days later Charlotte's body is found in a canal in Wiltshire. Sergeant Havers is dispatched to the scene, there to work with local Detective Constable Robin Payne in a case made urgent by the kidnapper's renewed demands--and the life of a second victim at stake. With its unconvincing and off-the-wall plot, heavily detailed but repetitious investigations, and psychological misfits, political ploys, and power plays enough to furnish three novels, this latest from George seems bent on testing the patience and fortitude of her devoted fans--though, once again, thanks to her undeniable story-weaving skills, most will happily stay the course. (Literary Guild alternate selection; Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)

Library Journal Review

The best-selling author of Playing for Ashes (Bantam, 1994) returns with a tale about a young girl who may have been kidnapped by her estranged father. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.