NOVEL - WHAT CAME BEFORE HE SHOT
York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers an
explosive new novel that delves into the events leading up to a
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 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 ends up making a pact with the
devil--a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas
The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What
Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful and emotional novel, full
of deep psychological insights, that only the incomparable Elizabeth
George could write.
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Elizabeth’s Message to Readers
Elizabeth writes to readers about
the process she went through in determining the paths of her most
WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS and
WHAT CAME BEFORE HE SHOT HER.
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