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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Aug. 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553582364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582369
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 3 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best one yet. So, many separate character lines! I have lost so much sleep! I can't put it down!!!!!!!! As she develops each person's story I am so engrossed that I'm almost angry when the story switches to another person, but then that plot development is too interesting to leave it. (If I had to find any fault it would be that I just didn't care about Helen's pregnancy.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Cady on Feb. 4 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is without question George's masterpiece, dense and complicated, gorgeously written, superbly plotted. No-one is as good as she at dropping bombshells (in this case, practically at the end of each chapter) which completely send the story in opposite directions to where the reader thought it was going. George always keeps you on your toes, but at no time in her career has she done so as brilliantly and masterfully as she does here. Could the book have been shorter? Of course. But I loved losing myself in the vastness and complexity of the plot. To be fair, I have found George boring and a little too in love with her own voice at times, but surprisingly not in this, her largest book. Start it, stick with it, you won't be sorry you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "lynkfri13" on Oct. 12 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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~ ~First, naturally, the lowdown for addicts of the Inspector Lynley/Sergeant Havers series: If you are a fan of Sergeant Barbara Havers, like I, you may be disappointed. She has a very small role in this story. However, we do come to know Inspector Lynley's other assistant, Winston Nkata, who does have an interesting and difficult role in the story. Tommy Lynley also, is facing some changes in his personal life.
This story focuses less on the detectives than many of the others in the series. Most of the story is seen through the eyes of a member of the family close to the crime. A young violinist, who has had a career as a prodigy, is suddenly unable to play. He is searching his soul and his memory for reasons for this block. He unearths much more than he expected, the history of a death in his family when he was just a child. Does he remember anything about it? Or are the faint memories that begin, and he clings to, as much fabrication as the stories he's been told? This becomes critical has murder strikes his family again, now in the present.
~ ~ This George mystery is much more focused on an individual close to the crime than the others in the series. In this respect, it is more like "Playing for the Ashes" than more recent novels.
While less focus on the detectives was a little disappointing to me as a Havers fan, this was still a fascinating story. As always, her strength is in showing the complexity of the best and worst of human motives. She fills her stories with people we would love to hate, if they weren't so uncomfortably human, and full of some of the same faults we could find in ourselves. All in all, an absorbing read. 5 stars *****!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Kelly on Dec 25 2001
Format: Hardcover
Is a real pager turner with its many surprising twists and turns. Love this writer, love this story, and I so look forward to her next book! I read a lot of the long-winded reviews of 'A Traitor to Memory,' and I have to say a few of them were almost as long as the book with their book-bashing remarks, and I completely disagree with what they had to say; 'the story, the writing and the plot being a bad write'! Not true, Ms. George's novel, is a compelling, and intriguing mystery well worth the read! Buy the book and see for yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on Nov. 26 2001
Format: Hardcover
Wow!
was my final thought as I read the final line of Elizabeth George's latest novel. I have never read such a long book which seemed to pass so quickly. This book, in paperback, will be about 850 pages, and to this date will be the longest book I've read (but i Am only 15, so i have a lot more opportunity to enlarge upon that figure.) The 664 pages passed (i am referring to the English edition) as if in the flicker of an eyelid. i was expecting to be busy for at least a week while reading this book. It is her largest so far, tipping the scale at a massive page number, and God knows how many words. And every moment of it was pure pleasure. It is probably one of the best book's I've read this year.
Elizabeth george's writing continues to astound me. Her prose is so beautiful. It's complicated, yet infinitely understandable. Her characters are all drawn superbly, they're realistic, not always likeable, yet always interesting. I for one do get tired of the constant passages concerning the lives of Lyley, Havers, and the St James's, in many of her other novels. However, in this book she backs away from them, and concentrated much more on her other characters, and is clearly making Gideon Davies the star.
I found this book SO hard to put down. There were twists and turns a-plenty, and her psychological perception is so astute. The fact she has a psychology Ph.D is obvious. The psychlogy is better than that of Minette Walters books. (which is something i never thought I'd come to say)
It was such an interesting book, on every level. The psychology of the characters was fascinating (I'll try and stop using the "p" word now, ive used it about five times thus far) and just that fact kept me ploughing on, waiting for more of the personal revelations.
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