A Traitor to Memory

A Traitor to Memory

eBook - 2009
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When Eugenie Davies is killed by a driver on a quiet London street, her death is clearly no accident. Someone struck her with a car and then deliberately ran over her body before driving off, leaving nothing behind but questions.

What brought Eugenie Davies to London on a rainy autumn night? Why was she carrying the name of the man who found her body? Who among the many acquaintances in her complicated and tragic life could have wanted her dead? And could her murder have some connection to a twenty-eight-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist who several months earlier suddenly and inexplicably lost the ability to play a single note?

For Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, whose own domestic life is about to change radically, these questions are only the first in an investigation that leads him to walk a fine line between personal loyalty and professional honor.

Assigned to the case by his superior, Superintendent Malcolm Webberly, Lynley learns that Webberly's first murder investigation as a DI over twenty years ago involved Eugenie Davies and a sensational criminal trial. Yet what is truly damaging is what Webberly already knows and no doubt wants Lynley to keep concealed.

Now the pressure is on Lynley to find Eugenie Davies' killer. For not only is he putting his own career into jeopardy, but he is also attempting to safeguard the careers of his longtime partners Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. Together, they must untangle the dark secrets and darker passions of a family whose history conceals the truth behind a horrific crime.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780553906363
Characteristics: p. ; cm.


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Nov 22, 2019

It is very long, & can be confusing if you’re not really paying close attention. At first, it seems like the journal passages are unrelated & a major distraction for most of the book, but they are necessary in the end to properly understand why everyone did what they did. And as always, things happen with our main characters that are important to know in the overall arc of the story. So don’t skip it, & by all means, start at the beginning of the series!

Oct 23, 2019

VERY long. Many major themes.
Past actions, long buried, how they create and limit our lives.
I was tired of all the talk, blaj, blah, blah - I wanted to know who dunnit. But all of it was necessary, to unwind the various debilitations of so many damaged people.
At the end, I just wanted to read it all again.

May 10, 2018

The best Elizabeth George and the only one I could complete.

Dec 12, 2017

I've usually enjoyed reading other Lynley novels by Elizabeth George, but I didn't enjoy this one. I thought that the murders might make sense at the end of the book, but the reasons given just weren't believable. Sorry I wasted so much time on it.

May 31, 2017

I like this author very much but not this effort--it uses a frustrating, redundant literary device. For me, it flopped.

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