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.
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.
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
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