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The suspects are many: Wolff; Eugenie's most recent suitor; her ne'er-do-well brother; Gideon's longtime mentor, who kept in contact with Eugenie in the years after she abandoned her husband and son; and a gentleman of many monikers who boarded with the family at the time of the drowning. Even Richard Davies, the dead woman's ex-husband, is under suspicion. But it's violinist Gideon Davies's quest into his family's past, undertaken to save his career, that sets the book's events in motion. His own telling of the story runs parallel to the author's own voice but is time-shifted. Along with the details of the police investigation, this paints a disturbing picture of what happens when the truth is obscured and a child's normal instincts sublimated.
A Traitor to Memory is massive, and it's hard not to spot a few flaws in a plot so complex. The dual narratives force abnormally slow reading, the motive for one murder and two near-murders is inexplicably glossed over, and many doughty Lynley/Havers fans will still wonder by the end what exactly happened in Sonia's bathroom. Yet Elizabeth George orchestrates the family-secrets theme like a maestro, and at least one of the second-chair players--such as Katja Wolff's beautiful, scarred lover Yasmine Edwards--may be a rising star in the series. George's fans will no doubt find this 11th entry in the series worthy of a standing ovation. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Book 11 in the Inspector Lynley series
"A traitor to Memory" is a complex novel, large in scope and one that encompasses the psyches of many of its characters. Read more
This is the first Elizabeth George book I had read, it won't be the last. This is a very well written book and the characters are well developed. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2010 by caseygirl
The ending of the book was most unsatisfying for me. Libby didn't behave as her character did throughout the book. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by S. Rupp
A hit-and-run driver kills Eugenie Davies on a rainy night in London. Superintendent Webberly has a special interest in the victim and assigns Detective Lynley and Constable... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by J. Vilches
That sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but it's the truth. You wonder how a book this laboriously dense can ultimately amount to so little. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by "vortex87"
This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth George. I'm impressed by her ability to write from so many points of view in such an effortless manner. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Ledra Sullivan
Verbose, too many sub-plots, annoying, snivelling characters...So much potential wasted on a tale that didn't seem to have a center holding it together. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003
This is the best one yet. So, many separate character lines! I have lost so much sleep! I can't put it down!!!!!!!! Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003
I've read several of Ms. George's novels and marvel at her skill with the English language, her knowledge of a broad spectrum of British society, and her defense of right vs. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by H. Harper