Erasing Memory

Erasing Memory

A MacNeice Mystery

Book - 2011
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A remarkable Canadian crime debut praised as "a page-turner with a Sherlockian twist."

MacNeice, a senior police detective in the southern Ontario industrial city of Dundurn, is returning from a pilgrimage to his wife's grave when he's called to a crime scene of singular and disturbing beauty. A young woman in evening dress lies gracefully posed on the floor of a pristine summer cottage so that the finger of one hand regularly interrupts the needle arm of a phonograph playing the Schubert Piano Trio. The only visible mark on her is the bruise under her chin, which MacNeice recognizes: it is the mark that distinguishes dedicated violinists, the same mark that once graced his wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe's ancient grievances, which reach out to breach all the walls that have been thrown up to keep the past at bay.

MacNeice must use his splendid but unorthodox powers of observation to stem the tide of events threatening to erase any trace of memory or history, leaving the target of the crime naked in the face of loss.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Random House, 2011.
ISBN: 9780307359261
9780307359254
0307359255
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY THO

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* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

Scott Thornley will read from Erasing Memory at the Elmvale Library, 1910 St. Laurent on Sat Nov 26th, 2011, 2:00-3:00. Don't miss this chance to meet the author!

* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

Scott Thornley will read from Erasing Memory at the Elmvale Library, 1910 St. Laurent on Sat Nov 26th, 2011, 2:00-3:00. Don't miss this chance to meet the author!

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cheadlebeagle
May 01, 2011

Quite good for a first mystery. I liked the characters although the murder was a bit over the top. Looking forward to the next if it is a series.

debwalker Feb 23, 2011

"MacNeice keeps a book of e.c. cummings poetry close at hand in his car. The Collected Works of John Keats sits on his bedside table. He listens to Mozart and Louis Armstrong. He can identify the birds that fly over the woods near his house, just as he has mastered the flora down below. He’s particular in choosing the brand of grappa he’ll drink and for coffee, he’s passionate about his espresso machine and the brew it produces.

"MacNeice — it’s his only name; colleagues call him Mac — is a cop and the central character in Erasing Memory, a first novel by Toronto’s Scott Thornley. Not since P.D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh has there been a police inspector as sophisticated as MacNeice. Sometimes his tastes seem to belong to a person older than MacNeice’s 45. How did someone so young get on to John Coltrane’s rare and gorgeous 1963 recording with the singer Johnny Hartman? Maybe MacNeice is just precocious.

"Or maybe it’s a case of Thornley writing so elegantly that readers feel seduced into accepting whatever he serves up. He’s so nimble with language that he even makes us believers in MacNeice’s hometown, Hamilton, as a city of overlooked beauty."
Jack Batten
Toronto Star Feb 20, 2011

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