Knife Music: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Kristen Kroiter was sixteen, a high-school sophomore, when she was injured in a car accident. Dr. Ted Cogan had saved her life when he treated her in the ER six months ago-but now police detectives were questioning Cogan about her, in intimate detail. What was going on? What had she told them?

That's just it, the cops said. She hadn't told them anything. She had died. Looked...
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Knife Music: A Novel

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Overview

Kristen Kroiter was sixteen, a high-school sophomore, when she was injured in a car accident. Dr. Ted Cogan had saved her life when he treated her in the ER six months ago-but now police detectives were questioning Cogan about her, in intimate detail. What was going on? What had she told them?

That's just it, the cops said. She hadn't told them anything. She had died. Looked like a suicide. And Cogan was in a heap of trouble.

Tense and twisting, Knife Music is the story of a doctor struggling to clear his name after being accused of raping and causing the suicide of a young girl. The novel pits Cogan, a forty-three-year- old surgeon and self-described womanizer, against Hank Madden, a handicapped veteran detective. From the outset it's not clear who is victim and who is victimizer, as the usually dispassionate.

Madden grapples with his long- suppressed prejudices and his obsession with bringing Ted Cogan to justice at any cost. It all leads up to the most stunning surprise ending since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent.


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"This doctor versus detective thriller belongs on the shelf with Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, or Chuck Hogan." —Brooklyn Rail"Impressive is the debut of David Carnoy with the surprisingly complex and sophisticated Knife Music . . . Carnoy resolves everything with enough originality to deliver a satisfying jolt." —ForeWord

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590205822
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 70,663
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

David Carnoy

David Carnoy is an executive editor at CNET and is interviewed regularly on television as a tech expert, appearing on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

    Swept Away in a Twisted Maze

    This excellently written story opens up on the innocent setting of a 16 year old girl having to have emergency surgery after a car accident and this mysterious hero is, in her words, a "George Clooney looking" surgeon . but is he to be trusted or feared? A few time jumps later the reader is basically forced to try to keep up with the players in a wild ride through this clever tale of conflicting and dangerous lies, crime, death, dark secrets, perversions, and shocking revelations. I dare you to read this book and tell me that you have it all figured out!! No way! At times, I honestly had to close the book and just think and try to remember all the subtle clues, how they fit together and every time I thought I had it figured out Carnoy threw me more curves . I never once felt like I had this figured out, not with any confidence anyway! If you want to be swept away and have your sleuthing skills challenged this is the book for you. To call this one a "page turner" is an understatement . I actually got paper cuts rushing through the pages to the most satisfying ending you could have asked for . and not to be content with that, Carnoy just cannot resist throwing in another twist on the very last page! You will not be disappointed with "Knife Music".

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

    Fun read

    Once I got about 50 pages into this book, I couldn't put it down. It had an interesting, twisty plot and the writing was very smooth. Could easily see this as a movie with someone like George Clooney playing the doctor. I really enjoyed it.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    A Definite Page Turner

    I cannot believe this was a debut novel! The author does such a great job developing the story line and just when you think you have it all figured out.....surprise, surprise! This story was well developed with a good deal of mystery and thrill in it. I loved the way the author intertwined the characters storylines and backgrounds because it gave a real sense of who they were - you could visualize exactly who you were reading about and why they behaved, acted, or thought as they did. The main character, Ted Cogan, was dynamic and tenacious. All of his characteristics - arrogance, intelligence, attractiveness, humbleness and compassion - makes you want to keep turning the pages as they story develops. His "cat and mouse" relationship with Madden, the detective, is also brillant. Bravo!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Amazing

    This was an amazing suspense story. Ted Cogan is a great character to get to know. He is a surgeon with a a sense of humor and both feet on the ground. Being good looking doesn't hurt him either but does it make him a rapist? You will ask yourself this over and over as you read. I changed my mind more than once.

    The writing flows very well and the author manages to not only take us into the mind of a gifted surgeon but the minds of teens as well, boys and girls. That is no easy feat if you ask me. Each chapter tells the story from a different character which I liked.

    I particularly enjoyed reading the snippets from Kristen's Journal. The author hit it right on the head with the style a teen uses while talking. I admit annoying to read at times but dead on.

    Example from page: 145
    "She was like did he say anything about me? And I was like,yeah, he asked me where my partner in crime was. And I was like, she's over talking to the Gap guy."

    If you are a mystery, suspense, thriller lover pick up this book. It's hard to believe it's the author's debut novel. I sure want more!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

    Fantastic Book. A real page turner and extremely well written.

    Highly recommend "Knife Music." I couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns. Great characters. Extremely well written.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    Excellent, fast read

    I got this book because a friend recommended it and it was actually cheaper on B&N online than Amazon! This is really good for a first novel--and any novel for that matter. The story feels very real and I really liked the main character Cogan, who is a surgeon, and the story really keeps you guessing and moves along at a quick pace. This is not your typical mystery. It's got a bit of everything: doctors, lawyers, frat boys, sex, suspense, friendship/betrayal, a detective with baggage...and a great twist at the end.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Wow

    I wont say this is the best book I have ever read but I will say I absolutely LOVED it. All of the twist and turns drove me crazy! The ending is shocking. I highly recommend it for a light read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Really good.

    Good story. Couple of twists and turns that I didn't see coming! Nice easy read. Give this book a try.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    I really liked this book! Such a great debut novel. Had me guess

    I really liked this book! Such a great debut novel. Had me guessing right up to the very end. I will definitely be reading more of his work. You will not be disappointed in this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Very good!

    Bought this first book and loved it! Kept me turning pages quickly and couldnt put it down. Buying his second book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Great book !!!!

    Great book thats all there is to say. I would give it 6 stars if i could.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Read, enjoy, & share!!

    Great story line, good character development. Wonderful finish and a surprising plot twist at the end. Not the normal good versus evil, but what happens in life.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Lacy

    IK!!!!!!!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Dani

    YAY!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    REVIEW

    GOOD BOOK. WORTH READING

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Oh My!!!!!

    You've read the reviews - just buy it and get to reading - you will NOT be disappointed - promise!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

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    I liked reading this book, but I found the dialogue to be pretty standard and I would have liked to have the writer put more drama into the events. All of them were so matter of factly. Kristen's accident, the sexual attack, and her suicide. They were too down played. I liked the character of Dr. Cogan and his determination to clear his name. What I liked best is the unexpected twist at the end. It absolutely took me by complete surprise. It made up for all the lack of real drama throughout this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Knife Music is authentic, well-written, and suspenseful

    As a former crime reporter, "Knife Music" seems like it could have been culled from any of the police blotters I've seen in many precincts. As a nonfiction author myself, it rings more truthful than most fiction I've read. No doubt that's because first-time Author David Carnoy evidently conducted thorough research to achieve this authenticity. I'm not sure what kind of music surgeons listen to while they operate on a patient, but I hope it's a soothing, melodic adagio or canon, rather like Pachelbel's Canon in D--one of my very favorite pieces. Carnoy's suspenseful novel is definitely not an adagio. More like an opera, interspersed with mini intermezzos. That's not to say it isn't good--it is. Quite good, in fact, and Carnoy's writing is measured, with adequate attention given to pitch, tone and tempo. His main character, Ted Cogan, is a surgeon who first operates on a teenage girl, and then--following her suicide--is accused of being her rapist. Like any well-composed piece of music, "Knife Music" does all it should to hold the reader's attention: it introduces passages, it orchestrates the scenes and it evokes emotion. Sometimes the emotion is not what one would expect: confusion, angst or even frustration are among the ones you might experience. Confusion over why the seemingly good doctor--a quite likeable fellow--would have raped a beautiful but troubled teen. Angst over her death and her parents' utter failure to effectively reach out to her prior to her senseless suicide. Or frustration over Detective Hank Madden's inability to clearly separate himself from the rape investigation. Because these are all realistic responses to similar traumatic events one might experience in life, Carnoy's writing comes across as bona fide. He does weave the story back and forth, bringing to mind a good fugue, but that merely serves to keep the reader on her toes. The only complaint this particular reader had was this: I got bogged down at one point. The story just seemed to drone on in no specific direction, and I was left wondering where Carnoy as the conductor of this work was taking me. Turns out, it was to a finale that was anything but dull and monotonous! Carnoy accomplishes many things with the melodic story he tells in "Knife Music." Among them, he gives his readers an ethical dilemma to ponder, provides them with characters we come to care about, and ties in a social issue that couldn't be more fitting in view of the current Penn State scandal. But it is the final movement that any maestro would be proud of. This is one reader who will gladly cry, "Encore, encore!"

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Very good

    Great thriller. I was worried the outcome was going to be pretty predictable but I was very wrong.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    Very good mystery/adventure read. Somewhat violent spy story. After reading it, I looked for other books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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