A Great Deliverance

Elizabeth A. George, Author Bantam Books $16.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-05244-2
In her debut novel, George too often plays to the gallery with characterizations broad enough to border on caricature. The legendharking back to violent events in Cromwell's timethat surrounds local Keldale Abbey pales in comparison to a modern-day crime committed in this quiet corner of Yorkshire, England: Roberta Teys, a silent, obese adolescent, is accused of killing her church-going father with an axe. The detectives sent by Scotland Yard to investigate are a mismatched pair. Inspector Thomas Lynley is smooth, attractive and utterly upper-class; ""stubby, sturdy'' detective-sergeant Barbara Havers, conscious of her plain appearance and lower-class origins, considers Lynley a ``sodding little fop.'' Thrown together, they weigh the general conviction in the villagethat Roberta could not possibly have wielded the bloody axeagainst mounting evidence that damns the now catatonic girl. In sifting slowly through the ashes of the past, the detectives find enough horrific skeletons in every closet to lead them to a climax unexpectedly loaded with fire and fury. While Lynley seems rather bland despite emotion roiling beneath the surface, it is Havers' painful secrets and driving rage that encourage one to overlook decidedly uneven passages in this essentially intriguing psychological thriller. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/25/1988
Release date: 05/01/1988
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-340-83129-8
Hardcover - 319 pages - 978-0-340-83128-1
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-553-52712-4
Library Binding - 505 pages - 978-0-89621-962-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 432 pages - 978-0-553-27802-6
Paperback - 413 pages - 978-0-553-38479-6
Ebook - 978-0-553-90484-0
Hardcover - 547 pages - 978-1-4104-1223-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 2 pages - 978-0-553-47056-7
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