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A Traitor to Memory

Inspector Lynley, Book 11
Written by: Elizabeth George
Narrated by: Donada Peters
Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth George "reigns as the queen of the mystery genre", raves Entertainment Weekly, which named her novel In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner one of the 10 best books of 1999. The author who has enthralled millions with masterworks of dazzling novels of literary suspense returned with her most astonishing work yet.

"Ms. George proves that the classiest of crime writers are true novelists," proclaimed the New York Times, and each of her previous 10 novels had been an instant international best-seller. With A Traitor to Memory, George returned to the themes that had made her a master of the genre she had made distinctly her own - the classic detective story that is also a richly rewarding tapestry of passion, loyalty, and betrayal. She is a writer like no other, and her novels mark a magnificent literary achievement.

"To listen is to be, but to play is to live...." So believes Gideon Davies, 28-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist whose talents are internationally celebrated. When Gideon finds himself center stage, unable to play, his tortured search for his music - and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life - will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations.

©2001 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"This can only add to her growing reputation as doyenne of English mystery novelists.... [S]ome particularly moving moments." (Publishers Weekly)

"A superbly paced, all-consuming treat.... George has the ability to display and then dissect her characters in a painfully realistic way. If dogged police work is what you demand from mysteries, hit the sidewalk with these complicated British detectives." (USA Today)

"Wrenching ... George still stands several rungs up the ladder from her more superficial rivals." (Kirkus Reviews)

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better on paper

Although the story is a good one, it is probably best read in book form and not listened to on Audible. It jumps about chronologically, and where that might be clear on paper, it is not while listening, which led to confusion. There also seems to be a few strings left dangling, aside from a purposeful one. Otherwise a good story. As with the others in the series, the editing is abominable - lots of mistakes, as they were rushing to release. This also lessens the enjoyment, at least for me.

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  • Georgieporger
  • 2019-03-18

One of her best

Psychologically riveting
Have you been in analysis Ms.George? You certainly know a lot about the process