Written by Scott Thornley
Publication Date June 26, 2018
Detective Superintendent MacNeice 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 Schubert’s 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.
Erasing Memory is a thrilling and assured debut that kicks off an exciting new crime series from Scott Thornley.
SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of four novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series: Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone, and the forthcoming Vantage Point. Thornley divides his time between Toronto and the southwest of France.
“[An] impressive debut . . . Superb writing, complex and highly likable characters, and the occasional delicious burst of violence definitely make the next books in this series worth watching for.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Not since P. D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh has there been a police inspector as sophisticated as MacNeice.” — Toronto Star
“The reader is . . . compelled to go on, in part because that killer, if not a superior, twisted mind, is a first-class jerk and we love to see such people get their comeuppance.” — National Post
“Thornley’s intelligent and evocative prose, combined with his depictions of complex police investigations, brings to mind one of Canada’s most prominent, bestselling crime writers, Peter Robinson.” — Quill & Quire
“This series will be a real winner.” — Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
“A page-turner with a Sherlockian twist.” — Hamilton Spectator
“An auspicious debut for author Scott Thornley.” — Salon
“MacNeice is a splendid addition to the pantheon of [literary] detectives. . . . A first-class mystery.” — Vancouver Sun
“For crime fiction junkies, Scott Thornley’s first novel, Erasing Memory, a beautifully written police procedural set in a fictional version of Hamilton, just whets our appetite for more. Our hero, senior homicide detective Mac MacNeice, a literate and complex man who may remind the reader of Peter Robinson’s beloved Inspector Banks, runs an interesting team of investigators dealing with a truly weird murder. Please tell me this is the first of a series.” — Stevie Cameron, author of On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women
“Beginning with a murder unlike any you've ever imagined — or would want to — Scott Thornley spins a gripping tale whose heroes and villains are equally and refreshingly human.” — Howard Shrier, author of Buffalo Jump