In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner

In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner

Book - 2000
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Calder Moor is a wild and deadly place: many have been trapped in the myriad limestone caves, lost in collapsed copper mines, injured on perilous gritstone ridges. But this time, when two bodies are discovered in the shadow of the ancient circle of stones known as Nine Sisters Henge, it is clearly not a case for Mountain Rescue. The corpses are those of a young man and woman. Each met death in a different fashion. Each died violently. To Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, brought in to investigate by special request, this grisly crime promises to be one of the toughest assignments of his career. For the unfortunate Nicola Maiden was the daughter of a former officer in an elite undercover unit, a man Lynley once regarded as a mentor. Now, as Lynley struggles to find out if Nicola's killer was an enemy of her father's or one she earned herself, a disgraced Barbara Havers, determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her longtime partner, crisscrosses London seeking information on the second murder victim. Yet the more dark secrets Lynley and Havers uncover, the more they learn that neither the victims nor the suspects are who they appear to be. And once again they come up against the icy realization that human relationships are often murderous...and that the blood that binds can also kill.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, 2000, c1999
ISBN: 9780553102352
Characteristics: 718 p. : map


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Nov 11, 2017

I had a hard time getting past the first half of the book, because it didn't really hold my interest. I felt that the author kept going off on tangents that didn't really need to be there. For instance, she went into great detail about the life of the young boy who found a key piece of evidence. She could have summarized this in one sentence, as the boy's life story was inconsequential to the plot. The second half of the book moved along a lot faster.

I did identify with one major character though, as I have known three women in my family that have very similar personalities. The author tried to give reasons as to why Nicola's personality became so deviant (i.e. the parents always giving in to her, her father being gone a lot, her father playing roles when he was under cover, not being honest about his work, etc.). However, having known female relatives like her that were brought up in larger, morally sound families, I've come to the conclusion that these people are born this way. Having seen a documentary on Borderline Personality Disorder, this mental condition closely relates to my family members. They were like this from early childhood, and just didn't see the world as others did, so had a hard time holding on to any relationships (especially with other females). Just as with Nicola's character, the longest relationships my family members had were with men, because they were able to manipulate them with sex (or just the promise of it). Of course this type of manipulation works best when the female is also very attractive.

Aug 18, 2011

Good plot, but she took far too many words and pages, to get to the conclusion

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