by Scott Thornley
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 fingers of one hand regularly interrupt the needle arm of a phonograph playing the second 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 the chin of his late wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe’s ancient grievances, which have reached 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 real target of the crime naked in the face of stunning loss. Erasing Memory is a moving and assured debut novel that kicks off a fascinating new crime fiction series.