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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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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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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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A Traitor to Memory

I enjoy anything Elizabeth George writes.
There were a few things about this one I didn’t really appreciate. First and foremost is the amount of taking the name of The Lord so lightly. I can handle just about any other swearing but this bothers me. I almost returned it. The other thing that really bothered me was the calling of children born with Down syndrome as downs kids. I am the mother of three children who were born with it. I’m sure it wouldn’t bother others as much as it did me.
I have read/listened to all of her books offered on Audible. I love her books.

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Great Series but Very Crass

This is an amazing series that generally keeps you guessing, A Traitor to Memory is no exception to this. The stories do get crass at times, which makes those portions difficult to get through.

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Tough listen

The story is OK, but easier than most of George’s mysteries to figure out. The changes in time constantly switching back and forth between the investigation and the musings and writings of Gideon makes this hard to follow. It would be much easier to read and we would have been spared the really irritating voice of Libby.

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Narrator was spot on!

Can't wait for the next one. Recently heard an interview with author Georg
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A must listen.

Complex, insightful & illuminating. I've read this book 2x and listening to it increased it's impact and allowed me to get deeper into it. A Remarkable book actually. I enjoy long complex stories and mysteries. Over the years of reading this series, seeing some of the abridged stories on DVD and now listening to the books, including this one - well, my respect for Elizabeth George as an observer of the 'human condition' and especially as a writer who has in a sense created an alternate universe peopled with remarkable characters has only increased. Thanks to the Author and the Narrator and all who produced this edition.

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at her best

Brilliant and complex. The use of the psychotherapy to tell the story is perfect and the ending magnificent.

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The Books are the Bedt

I have just seen a number of the television series of inspector Lynley
And the books are so much better
My goal ……. Read the complete series

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what a shame

have been such a fan of elizabeth george but greatly disappointed in these last 2 books.