By Tina Jordan
Updated May 02, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

Movie Pitch
The perfect Lynley? Pierce Brosnan.

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