Mister Memory

336p. Pegasus. Mar. 2017. Tr $25.95. ISBN 9781681773407.
Set in 1899 Paris, Sedgwick's latest novel is historical fiction with a twist. Marcel Després is arrested for murdering his wife. Believing that something odd is afoot, the detective on the case becomes compelled to solve the mystery. Marcel is sent to a nearby insane asylum, where a curious doctor becomes obsessed with uncovering another mystery—Marcel's perfect memory. The protagonist can remember every detail of his life, beginning with his time in the womb, an extraordinary talent that often leaves him in a catatonic state as his mind explores his past memories in fine detail. While the intriguing setup and the fascinating characters will rivet readers, there's more to this book than a mere murder mystery—this work offers a deep examination of memory: how it changes, how it imprisons, and how it eventually brings answers.
VERDICT A quality crime drama; hand to readers who appreciate thought-provoking mystery or historical fiction.

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