Every Contact Leaves A Trace

Every Contact Leaves A Trace

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Elanor Dymott's gorgeous debut tells the story of Alex, a solitary lawyer who has finally found love in the form of his beautiful wife, Rachel. When Rachel is brutally murdered one midsummer night on the grounds of their alma mater, Worcester College, Oxford, Alex's life as he knows it vanishes.He returns to Oxford that winter and, through the shroud of his shock and grief, tries to piece together the mystery surrounding his wife's death. Playing host to Alex's winter visit is Harry, Rachel's former tutor and trusted mentor, who turns out to have been involved in almost every significant development of their relationship. Alex also turns to Evie, Rachel's self-centered and difficult godmother, whose jealousy of her charge has waxed and waned over the years. And then there are her university friends Anthony and Cissy, who shared with Rachel her taste for literature and for the illicit.As he delves further into the mystery surrounding her death, Alex discovers in Rachel's wake a tangled web of sex and jealousy, of would-be lovers and spiteful friends, of the poetry of Robert Browning, and of blackmail. Brilliantly written and suffused with eroticism, mystery, and a hint of menace, Every Contact Leaves a Trace introduces a stunning new voice in contemporary fiction.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st American edition
ISBN: 9780393239775
Branch Call Number: MYS Dymo
Characteristics: 395 p

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pitkerro
Jan 18, 2014

Tough to rate. Wordy, atypical mystery. More of a psychological/motivational study. Stylish writing is way better than story. Impressive vocabulary and fluid, beautifully crafted sentences. Author's legal training shows. Reads like a well-researched and articulated brief, cogently argued. That said, the characters did not come to life for me at all and the plot line was unconvincing.
I would read future books just to see where this interesting and unusual author goes next.

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