By Elizabeth George
To today, the low, skinny wail of an toddler should be heard in Keldale's lush eco-friendly valleys. 300 years in the past, as legend is going, the anxious Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, the place they'd hidden to flee the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.
Now into Keldale's pastoral internet of outdated homes and older secrets and techniques comes Scotland backyard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the 8th earl of Asherton. besides the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been despatched to resolve a savage homicide that has shocked the peaceable nation-state. For fats, unlovely Roberta Teys has been present in her top costume, an awl in her lap, seated within the outdated stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and final phrases have been "I did it. And I'm no longer sorry."
Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their manner via Keldale's darkish labyrinth of mystery scandals and appalling crimes, they discover a shattering sequence of revelations that may reverberate via this tranquil English valley--and of their personal lives in addition.
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The ripples and dimples of the dinghy’s modest wake were smoothed away by the self-ironing sea. I had expected to see three men in the boat. I wondered where the dead-eyed redheads had gone. The other rat had vanished, too, but not up a leg of my blue jeans. Exhibiting balletic poise, foot in front of foot, I stepped into the junction of beams, which the trembling rodent had once occupied. I meant to continue shoreward, but I stopped. Now that the blond giant was under the pier, between me and the beach, I was not conﬁdent of continuing in that direction.
I found myself not on the pier but on the shore instead, on a beach across which squirmed reﬂections of ﬁre. A hideous bright something rose in a sea that pulsed with hellish light under an apocalyptic sky. Odd Hours 17 The nightmare. Reality ﬂipped into view again. The hulk had snatched his hand back from my shoulder. With his wide eyes focused on his spread ﬁngers, he looked as if he had been stung—or had seen the red tide of my dream. Never before had I passed a dream or a vision, or a thought, or anything but a head cold, to someone else by a touch.
Down into ﬂoodlit tides. I looked up toward the underside of the pier deck, where the dancing sea translated itself into phrases of half-light that swelled and ﬂuttered and shrank and swelled in an eerie choreography through geometric beams and braces. Odd Hours 31 I felt as indecisive as the feckless mob in The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth, Act 4, when they vacillate repeatedly between swearing loyalty to the grotesque Cade, then to the rightful king. Shakespeare again. Once you let him into your head, he takes up tenancy and will not leave.
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley Series, Book 1) by Elizabeth George