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Forgetfulness by Ward Just
In Forgetfulness, Thomas Railles is an American portrait painter living in the south of France with his beloved wife, Florette. He's done minor work for the CIA in the past, and while former colleagues from the CIA are visiting, Florette goes out for her usual walk. Her murdered body is found on a mountain trail, and Thomas worries that her murder is payback from someone from his CIA past. While the investigation continues, Thomas can no longer ignore his home country and the violence that begets violence in the world. When the terrorists who allegedly murdered Florette are captured, Thomas' colleagues arrange for him to watch their interrogation by the French police. Stricken with grief, watching the interrogation threatens to completely undo him. Ward Just's novel has received positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer saying, "Forgetfulness is a rich, complex book that puts us in the center of the current maelstrom, but it does so in the context of an interesting, plot-driven story."