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.
The perfect Lynley? Pierce Brosnan.
Vintage George: thick (623 pages), smart suspense with nary a hint of slickness. A-