With No One as Witness

Version: Abridged
Author: Elizabeth George
Narrator: Charles Keating
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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In With No One as Witness, her thirteenth novel, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata, is back, and on the hunt for a sinister killer.

When an adolescent boy's nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of a tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize this as the work of a serial killer. This is the fourth victim in three months but the first to be white.

Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized racism in its failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard hands the case over to Lynley and his colleagues. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. Worse, a devastating tragedy within the police ranks causes them to fumble in their pursuit of him.

With a surprise ending that will shock readers to the core, With No One as Witness is full of the mesmerizing action and psychological intrigue that are the hallmarks of Elizabeth George's work and continue to prove that she is "a master of the English mystery."(New York Times).

Reviews (2)


Written by Katy Bunker on May 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I always love a good mystery. This one kept me interested, and I wasn't able to piece together whodunit until the end. I do prefer unabridged books best, but this was an enjoyable 'read' during my commute.

With No One As Witness

Written by Selective from Los Angeles, CA on September 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

For those familiar with the ongoing cast of characters, there is a major jolt awaiting you in listening to this one. I'm still reeling. Also, I did not care for the reader; I wonder how someone with such a lack of drama is chosen to read aloud in the first place. With a nuanced reader, the listener knows who's talking before the novel identifies him/her. However, with this reader, I was completely dependent upon George's identification. He didn't even modify his voice between men and women, let alone between members of the same gender. A big let-down after the professionalism of the incomparable Donada Peters.

Author Details

Author Details

George, Elizabeth

"Elizabeth George's first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honored with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel Awards and received the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. Her third novel, Well-Schooled in Murder, was awarded the prestigious German prize for suspense fiction, the MIMI. A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, Deception on His Mind, and In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner were international bestsellers.

Elizabeth George divides her time between Huntington Beach, California, and London. Her novels are currently being dramatized by the BBC."