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In Elizabet George’s Careless in Red, Detective Thomas Lynley — devastated by the murder of his wife in 2005’s With No One as Witness — has spent six weeks hiking the rugged Cornish coast when he stumbles on the body of a young surfer.

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The perfect Lynley? Pierce Brosnan.

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Vintage George: thick (623 pages), smart suspense with nary a hint of slickness. A-

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