Every Contact Leaves A Trace: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 6, 2013 - Fiction - 416 pages
13 Reviews

“This is more than a murder mystery. It's an examination of the subjectivity of accounts of truth. It’s a desperately moving love story about a lonely man who finds salvation in another only to have the idyll destroyed. Finally, it’s a tale of revenge, served cold and deadly.” —Independent

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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Review: Every Contact Leaves a Trace

User Review  - Rita - Goodreads

I LOVE the style, form etc of this book! The story sometimes slows but the writing is soooo refreshing that it was never close to a chore. I cannot wait to read more from this author! Read full review

Review: Every Contact Leaves a Trace

User Review  - Julie Lemieux - Goodreads

Right around page 100 the story started getting interesting. I thought. Actually read about 3/4 of this book, but really didn't get into it. Much too much background and blah, blah, blah for me. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
16
Section 4
27
Section 5
33
Section 6
51
Section 7
74
Section 8
97
Section 15
180
Section 16
187
Section 17
213
Section 18
230
Section 19
238
Section 20
258
Section 21
286
Section 22
312

Section 9
100
Section 10
117
Section 11
135
Section 12
146
Section 13
152
Section 14
165
Section 23
328
Section 24
351
Section 25
356
Section 26
369
Section 27
399
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About the author (2013)

Elanor Dymott was born in Zambia. She studied literature at Worcester College, Oxford, later working as a commercial lawyer and legal reporter.
She lives in London.

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