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A Traitor to Memory


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Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. Her first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honoured with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Litt rature Polici re in France; Well-Schooled in Murder was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI (1990). Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as a New York Times and international bestselling author, Elizabeth George divides her time between California and Kensington, London.


An interesting twist from George: her protagonist is a young violin virtuoso whose sudden inability to play while center stage leads him into a dark secret in his past. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

'She belongs firmly in the upper echelons of crime writers. Richly and vividly realised . . . possibly the most satisfying outing for George's detective yet' can only add to her growing reputation as doyenne of English mystery novelists. . . consistently inventive . . . the most ambitious of the lot. - Publishers Weekly (US)'This can only add to her growing reputation as doyenne of English mystery novelists. . . consistently inventive . . . the most ambitious of the lot' Publishers Weekly (US)George still stands several runs up the ladder from her rivals. - Kirkus ReviewsBig, intricate and wide-ranging. - Good Book Guide'George still stands several runs up the ladder from her rivals.' Kirkus ReviewsPraise for previous books:'The best plotter in the mystery game, [her] elegant literate flow puts many Brits to shame' - Time Out'Ms George proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists' The New York Times

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