Elizabeth George "reigns as the queen of the mystery genre." raves Entertainment Weekly, which named her most recent novel, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, on of the 10 best books of 1999. The author who has enthralled millions with masterworks of dazzling novels of literary suspense returns 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 ten novels has been an instant international bestseller. Now, with A TRAITOR TO MEMORY, George returns to the themes which have made her a master of the genre she has 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.
"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

Praise for Elizabeth George:

"Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published."
-- Entertainment Weekly

"A master of the British mystery."
-- The New York Times

"Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare."
-- The Wall Street Journal

"It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked."
-- USA Today

"George is a master.... She upholds the English tradition beautifully."
-- Chicago Tribune

"George explores her characters' dreams and fears with a penetrating grace that makes reading her books a joy."
-- The Washington Post Book World

"A fascinating list of subjects ... wrenching stories ... George conveys them all with exceptional grace."
-- People

A Main Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club and Mystery Guild
An Alternate Selection of The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club