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A Traitor to Memory

Inspector Lynley, Book 11
Narrated by: Donada Peters
Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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One of her best

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

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  • 08-10-19

Very disappointing

I have been such a fan till now. I still love the narrator. But this story dragged forever. And it was all depressing. There was not enough Havers and too much of the protagonist. It had way to much sex. Including more than I wanted to know about Linley's married life. Linley pulled a stunt I would not expect after the last one. And the ending made me just so angry and disgusted that I had wasted so much time. Probably will not go to the next. Too bad. It has been a good run.

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  • 07-09-19

Excellent narration, story not so much

A very long psychological slog with a most unsatisfying 'ending'. Look elsewhere if you like lose ends tied up.

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Another amazing book in this series

As always this is just another great book by Elizabeth George. Narrator is perfect for these books.

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