Every Contact Leaves A Trace

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“Gorgeous . . . a murder mystery that’s also a brilliant meditation on love and memory and loss.”—Maile Meloy
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 ...

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Overview

“Gorgeous . . . a murder mystery that’s also a brilliant meditation on love and memory and loss.”—Maile Meloy
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.

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Editorial Reviews

Maureen Corrigan - NPR
“Offers up some of the same intricate storytelling satisfactions—and marital nightmares—as Gone Girl.”
Financial Times
“Shrewdly plotted and elegantly written . . . a narrative that is alert to life’s unknowable randomness.”
Adam Foulds
“A beautiful, lucid nightmare of a book.”
Elle
“An exquisite, creepy, and unexpectedly sexy murder mystery.”
Elle
“An exquisite, creepy, and unexpectedly sexy murder mystery.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393348279
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/3/2014
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 773,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elanor Dymott was born in Chingola, Zambia, in 1973. She studied literature at Worcester College, Oxford, later working as a commercial lawyer and legal reporter. She lives in London, where she plays jazz flute and is writing a new novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Clever and Witty

    Seemed to start slow but in a short while it's hard to put down.

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