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A traitor to memory
Elizabeth George
Adult Fiction GEORGE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

HClassical music, cybersex and vehicular homicide figure prominently in this sprawling epic, the latest in the bestselling Thomas Lynley series that has won George an enviable following on both sides of the Atlantic. This can only add to her growing reputation as doyenne of English mystery novelists. When Eugenie Davies is killed on a London street struck by a car, then viciously mangled as the driver backs over her Detective Inspector Lynley investigates. The suspects include J.W. Pichley, aka TongueMan, a cyber-rou with a penchant for older women; Katja Wolff, convicted murderess of Davies's infant daughter; and Major Ted Wiley, a bookstore proprietor in love with Davies. Inevitably, the trail leads to the dead woman's son, Gideon, a former child prodigy on the violin, now a renowned virtuoso suddenly and inexplicably unable to play a single note. Lynley and his longtime partners, Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata, unravel the mystery in their inimitable fashion, as the narrative turns backward, ever backward, in search of clues. Although some plot developments are initially confusing due to the book's occasionally non-linear style, the author's handling of narrative is consistently inventive. There are some amusing character sketches (including the skewering of an American Valley Girl to whom classical music is as foreign as Sanskrit) and some particularly moving moments. Faithful readers of George's previous mysteries should find this the most ambitious of the lot. (July 3) Forecast: With the BBC adaptation of the first Lynley case, A Great Deliverance, due to premier on U.S. TV this fall, George stands to scale new heights in sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Violin virtuoso and former child prodigy Gideon Davies suddenly loses his ability to play. As he works with a psychiatrist to regain his gift, Gideon begins to dredge up memories from his childhood. Suddenly, people involved in an incident from his past, beginning with his mother, are being run over by a big black car. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and constables Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata are asked to investigate the hit-and-run murders and, like Gideon, must reconstruct the past in order to understand what is happening in the present. The interactions between Lynley and Havers, and their personal lives, are usually the most compelling aspects of George's (In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner) mysteries. This time, however, the detectives take a backseat to Gideon, whose self-exploration becomes both tedious and creepy. This mystery, George's 11th, is not as absorbing as her earlier books, and it is too long and predictable. Recommended with reservations. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/01.] Jane la Plante, Minot State Univ., ND (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Barbara Havers
Police detective

Thomas Lynley
Detective chief inspector

Gideon Davies
Age: Young adult
Violin virtuoso; suffering an artistic block.

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