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Author: Gerald Elias Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Daniel Jacobus Mysteries Release Date: December 2019 ISBN: 9781518940156
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From concert violinist Gerald Elias comes this debut set in the classical music world about the theft of a priceless violin.

Daniel Jacobus is a blind, reclusive, crotchety violin teacher living in self-imposed exile in rural New England. He spends his time chain-smoking, listening to old LPs, and occasionally taking on new students, whom he berates in the hope that they will flee.

Jacobus is drawn back into the world he left behind when he decides to attend The Grimsley Competition at Carnegie Hall. The young winner of this competition is granted the honor of playing the Piccolino Stradivarius, a uniquely dazzling three-quarter-size violin that has brought misfortune to all who possessed it over the centuries. But the violin is stolen before the winner of the competition has a chance to play it, and Jacobus is the primary suspect.

With the help of his friend and former musical partner, Nathaniel Williams, his new student,Yumi Shinagawa, and several quirky sidekicks, Jacobus sets out to prove his innocence and find the stolen Piccolino Strad. Will he be successful? The quest takes him through the halls of wealth and culture, across continents to Japan, and leads him to a…murder.

Devil’s Trill gives the reader a peek into the world of classical music, with its backstabbing teachers and performers, venal patrons, and shady violin dealers. It is the remarkable beginning of a wonderful new series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jim Frangione embodies the grizzled music instructor turned gumshoe Jacobus with a cantankerous tone that is in direct contrast to the compliant tone and clipped accent of Yumi, his Japanese student…Violin performances by the author sprinkled throughout provide clues to aid in solving the mystery, which will be appreciated by those musically inclined and provide a pleasant backdrop for those who are not.”

    AudioFile

  • “Captivating…wholly original.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This richly plotted mystery will thrill music lovers, while those not so musically inclined will find it equally enjoyable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thoroughly engaging mystery…packed with violin and concert lore.”

    Booklist

  • Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Great New Writers

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About the Author

Gerald Elias, a graduate of Yale, has been a Boston Symphony violinist, associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony since 1988, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and music director of the Vivaldi candlelight concert series.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an actor and audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and has been was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Scrambled Eggs and the New York premiere of David Mamet’s plays The Old Neighborhood, Romance, and Oleanna, in which he also performed with the national tour. His film and television appearances include Joy, Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, Brotherhood, The Unit, and Law & Order.