This is the first book in the Inspector Lynley series. I got into the series after discovering that the TV series which mum and I had been watching on DVD was actually based on a book. After a few that were great, and one that really wasn't great, I gave up on the series for a while, but I've returned to reading the ones they have in my current local library (I was starting to run out of ideas...). And actually, this first one is brilliant.
The conflict between Havers and Lynley is well, and sympathetically, set out. It also opens out a lot of the personal relationships that are mentioned briefly in later books, which helped explain a lot. And the case itself is fascinating--and frightening in many respects.
The atmosphere is great, and I love the two main characters (especially Barbara Havers, she's fantastic :) ). I thoroughly recommend this to any crime lovers. A great novel, and it sheds a whole new light on the later books.