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Publisher Comments:

When Daniel Forster, a young Englishman, arrives in Venice, he soon finds that the city's glittering faade masks a much darker reality. Cataloguing a library of dusty manuscripts, Daniel discovers a lost musical masterpiece as seductive as the city itself. But with beauty comes danger. Slowly he is drawn into a treacherous game of deception spanning three centuries, from the Venice of Vivaldi and Rousseau to the violence of the present day.

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"In this Venetian thriller, British author Hewson (A Season for the Dead) offers a tantalizing tale of intrigue, murder and sex. Two props propel the action: a concerto penned by a young Jewish woman in 1733 and performed once, anonymously, before its disappearance, and her unique violin. When in the present day this instrument is snatched from an obscure grave and the anonymous concerto is discovered in a long-forgotten hiding place, an innocent English scholar is drawn into an increasingly dangerous game of deception. Through the 18th-century letters and journals of a printer's apprentice, the reader discovers the secret of the concerto, while Daniel Forster, in Venice to work for an ailing art collector, relives the mystery connected to the beautiful piece of music. The story set during the glory days of Vivaldi is more vivid, compelling and romantic than the contemporary one, as Daniel's a bit of a cold fish. And if the various elements don't quite add up to a satisfying whole, the intricate view of Venice with its palazzos and sewers, its concert halls and old Jewish ghetto is more than ample compensation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385337946
Author:
Hewson, David
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Printers
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.32x6.02x1.08 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this Venetian thriller, British author Hewson (A Season for the Dead) offers a tantalizing tale of intrigue, murder and sex. Two props propel the action: a concerto penned by a young Jewish woman in 1733 and performed once, anonymously, before its disappearance, and her unique violin. When in the present day this instrument is snatched from an obscure grave and the anonymous concerto is discovered in a long-forgotten hiding place, an innocent English scholar is drawn into an increasingly dangerous game of deception. Through the 18th-century letters and journals of a printer's apprentice, the reader discovers the secret of the concerto, while Daniel Forster, in Venice to work for an ailing art collector, relives the mystery connected to the beautiful piece of music. The story set during the glory days of Vivaldi is more vivid, compelling and romantic than the contemporary one, as Daniel's a bit of a cold fish. And if the various elements don't quite add up to a satisfying whole, the intricate view of Venice with its palazzos and sewers, its concert halls and old Jewish ghetto is more than ample compensation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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