When violinist Gideon Davies was a child, a member of his family was murdered. For years, Gideon thought the death was a natural one and forgot about ituntil the day came when he could no longer play the violin. Suffering trauma, he seeks psychiatric help and thus his forgotten past, including the murder, comes to light.

As Gideon makes his discoveries, someone becomes anxious to keep the past buried, and a woman is run over and killed. More hit and runs occur, all connected to the long ago murder, and it falls to Inspector Thomas Lynley and his assistant, Barbara Havers, to investigate. To their surprise, a link between their superior, the present killing, and the past murder is revealed. It will take all of their considerable skills, professional and personal, to uncover the truth behind the crimes.

Although the mystery in A TRAITOR TO MEMORY is a strong one, it is Georges ability to explore human emotions that really holds our interest. The shocking denouement, although a logical one, will take even the most astute reader by surprise. (Jul., 722 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg