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What came before he shot her

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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 then 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 makes a pact with the devil--a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas Lynley.

The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful, emotional novel full of deep psychological insights, a novel that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.

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Grouping Titlewhat came before he shot her
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seriesThomas Lynley mysteries
series_with_volumeThomas Lynley mysteries|14
subject_facetDetective and mystery fiction
Drug traffic -- Fiction
Dysfunctional families -- Fiction
Electronic books
England -- Fiction
Families -- Fiction
International Mystery & Crime -- Mystery & Detective
Murder -- Fiction
Mystery fiction
Police Procedural -- Mystery & Detective
Revenge -- Fiction
Suspense -- Thrillers
Women detectives -- Fiction
title_displayWhat came before he shot her
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title_shortWhat came before he shot her
topic_facetDrug traffic
Dysfunctional families
International Mystery & Crime
Police Procedural
Women detectives