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A remarkable Canadian crime debut and the newest addition to our
acclaimed World of Crime series.
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