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A drop of blood. An aged Stradivarius. A garroting. And a shady cast of characters. Sound like the elite world of classical music, or a great game of Clue? The first mystery from Elias is a bit of both as he transports readers into the refined world of the most gifted musicians -- and their teachers, agents, and instrument dealers -- where we're surprised to learn that great musical talent can often flourish amid unseemly circumstances. How is it possible for brilliant music to exist in an atmosphere of crass consumerism? And how far will one man go to separate the two?
\ \ That question is at the crux of this mystery, focused on the fabled Piccolino Stradivarius, the venerable Grimsley Competition, and a cantankerous blind violin teacher named Daniel Jacobus. From Carnegie Hall to Japan, this mystery -- not unlike Clue -- abounds in potential villains. From a music conservatory to the plush home of a child prodigy to a sleazy Manhattan talent-booking office, Elias keeps readers guessing at the outcome until the final page is turned. Who stole the Strad and committed the murder, and why? Jacobus is a natural suspect. He even admits to the theft, but can he find the instrument and the real killer before he's locked up for life?
\ \ Rich in music detail and featuring a fabulously roguish cast, Devil's Trill will delight music lovers and mystery fans alike. \ (Holiday 2009 Selection)