Who would want to kill Tomaso Rainaldi, an elderly, unassuming violin-maker in the quiet Italian city of Cremona? For his friend and fellow violin-maker Gianni Castiglione, the murder is as mysterious as it is shocking. Rainaldi had few possessions, no enemies and little money. No one – least of all the police – can fathom a motive for murdering him. All he really had was an obsessive love of violins and an encyclopedic knowledge of them.
But what if he knew more than anyone else – not just about famous violins, but about missing violins? Ones of the caliber of the fabled Messiah, Stradivari's most sublime creation, the Mona Lisa of the music world. A violin now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford – and worth millions…
Aided by his friend, policeman Antonio Guastafeste, Gianni starts to investigate the dead man's affairs. Affairs that reveal an appointment in Venice with the eccentric and exceedingly rich violin-collector Enrico Forlani, and a trail that winds back to a mysterious musical past – and a far from harmonious future.
Retracing Rainaldi's steps, the two men find themselves involved in a sequence of startling events -- another murder, a mysterious Englishman, and an unscrupulous violin-dealer. A chain of events that careers across Italy and England as they become players in a game where musical instruments change hands for millions, forgery is an art form, and the preferred method of negotiation is murder.
Accompanied by two centuries of myth, music, and mystery, The Rainaldi Quartet provides a fascinating glimpse into a closed world – played at a rhythm that is fast-paced, furious, and unforgettable.
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About the Author
PAUL ADAM grew up in the north of England, and studied law at Nottingham University. He began his writing career as a journalist and has worked in Rome as well as England. He has written nine novels, including Unholy Trinity, Shadow Chasers, Genesis II, and Flash Point. He lives in Sheffield, England, with his wife and two children.
Paul Adam grew up in the north of England and studied law at Nottingham University. He began his writing career as a journalist and has worked in Rome as well as England. He is the author of The Rainaldi Quartet, Oracle Lake and Paganini's Ghost. He lives in Sheffield, England, with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderful characters, plot, and knowledge of music; I hope he writes many more!
This book was an excellent read; in fact I read it twice and each time I read the first chapter twice because it crafts the stage for the entire work so well. I was fascinated with the characters and the historical value. Bravo
I am an amateur musician (violin) who is obsessed with all things classical music/violin related. There's a line in this book about how the violin is "in tune with the human soul"....that quote (and this book overall) reminds me why I love music so much...both of Adam's books are utterly brilliant, rich in knowledge with creative plot lines flawlessly woven in. I applaud you, Mr. Adams; Paganini's Ghost was an excellent read and The Rainalid Quartet does not disappoint.
Engrossing read, killer ending!
Personally, I would give it 5 stars. If you like violins, this is the book for you. If not, it's still a great read, but there's so much in it for the violin enthusiast. A nice balance of history, technical details, and suspense. The setting descriptions were terrific also. I hope to see more form Mr. Adam in the near future.
In Italy, aging violin makers Castiglione and Rainaldi, Father Arrighi and police detective Guastafeste are players in a string quartet. The four men enjoy playing together as they respect one another though they can be quite caustic with one another still they try to make as much time available to practice and perform. Rainaldi tells his friends especially Castiglione that he is on the trail of a great find, a priceless violin.----- However, instead of the glory and euphoria of a great find, someone kills Rainaldi. Father Arrighi performs the funeral attended by the other two men of their musical group as well as family and friends. Guastafeste investigates the homicide though he knows he has a personal stake that should probably exclude him from looking into the murder that he believes is tied to the rare violin. Castiglione assists him as a violin maker expert especially with his insight into construction. Clues soon lead the two men from their rural section of Italy to England, but uncovering the identity of the killing genius remains seemingly impossible even as the duet makes progress towards their objective.----- Though the whodunit is terrific it plays base to the rich textured musical perspective. The story line harmoniously blends the music with the murder mayhem without slowing down or neglecting either. Castiglione and Guastafeste are a wonderful pair, who at times are quite cutting with each other, as they follow clues in an effort to uncover the culprit who changed their quartet to a trio. Paul Adam provides a virtuoso performance.---- Harriet Klausner