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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (697 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Carnoy Narrator: Kristoffer Tabori Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781455199112
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Carnoy’s debut is gripping, suspenseful, totally believable—and shockingly good.”

    Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Impressive is the debut of David Carnoy with the surprisingly complex and sophisticated Knife Music. It’s a combination legal/medical novel, so neatly plotted it seems the first-timer might have over-reached. Yet Carnoy resolves everything with enough originality to deliver a satisfying jolt.”

    ForeWord

  • “Narrator Kristoffer Tabori adds to the suspense that is created by Carnoy. Tabori has a way of slowly building intensity that truly engages the listener with his aggressive style. While his pacing is disjointed at times, it doesn’t prove distracting, but comes off as a quality that is unique to Tabori. Listeners seeking suspense in a mystery will surely find it here.”

    AudioFile

  • “Carnoy injects an uncommon level of medical expertise, from physical trauma through hospital hierarchy, into his fine debut thriller about the fraught world of doctors. The novel certainly works as medical drama, but it is also a gripping detective story and a revealing character study about what makes docs tick…Veteran detective Hank Madden, in charge of the case, is a brilliantly realized secondary character. Utterly baffling until the very last page.”

    Booklist

  • “Tabori’s narration conveys a sense of wonder expressed over chummy inflections. He differentiates characters more by syntax and pacing than changes in register, seamlessly jumping backward and forward in time…All are given crisp and identifiable voices. In less-capable hands (voice), this spiraling ‘whodunit-howdunit’ might be hard to follow, but thanks to Tabori’s reading, this is a winner.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Tautly paced and full of crisp dialogue, Carnoy’s prose is pitch-perfect whether delving into medical and police procedural or sussing out the nuances of campus hookup culture. In Cogan, he’s concocted an appealing, edgy protagonist—cocksure, arrogant and abrasive towards his less competent colleagues and ‘difficult’ patients, but possessed of a roguish charm that makes readers want to tag along, even if they’re not sure where his moral compass is pointing. A gripping thriller debut that is just what the doctor ordered.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Gabai | 1/28/2014

    " Knife Music is better than the average detective thriller. David Carnoy always provides interesting and memorable characters, and there is always an ending with a twist or two. It is necessary to suspend some disbelief when reading this book, but it is a fun read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Bringley | 1/19/2014

    " Actually I'd give it a 4.5 stars. 16-year-old Kristin's parents find her diary where she tells a story of having had sex with the surgeon who performed surgery on her after a car accident. Kristin hangs herself and leaves a note saying she doesn't want to be a victim. The detective investigating the case had been raped by his doctor as a child and assumes the surgeon to be guilty. Lots of twists and turns to the very last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora King | 1/19/2014

    " I really liked this book. Knife Music keeps you wondering who did what to whom until the end. A surprise ending I actually didn't see coming. Do the cops have an agenda. Did the Dr. do it. A girl is 100% postive she saw a rape, but did she finger the right person. Really good suspense, who done it novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/19/2014

    " This is one of those books I feel kind of guilty about. I stuck with it to the end and enjoyed parts of it very much but I did not pay close attention. I had never read any Carnoy before. Had I bought this book, I would have been far more disappointed but, I borrowed it from the library and it was not a total waste of time. Grown men and young girls and rape or maybe not. I think really I did not like or respect any of the characters. But it was not a total loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/17/2014

    " Not quite on par with Presumed Innocent, but a pretty good mystery nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/15/2014

    " Interesting story trying to figure out who was the antagonist. A teenager alleges rape, dies, and who is responsible? I would recommend it as a "good read". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Stepp | 1/4/2014

    " Had me guessing the whole time. Great attention getter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/3/2014

    " Free kindle book which was very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/29/2013

    " "why" is intellectual. "why not" is impulsive. and poor judgement is 90% impulsive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/29/2013

    " This was a decent suspense thriller and plan to read his follow up book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 11/18/2013

    " Assigned review for AudioFile magazine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 11/16/2013

    " Kind of boring--where was the suspense? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Hipp | 11/8/2013

    " I bought this book because it was $4 on my kindle. It was excellent. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good page turner and suspense. Fantastic read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Florence | 10/31/2013

    " great twist at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Douglas scholtz | 10/28/2013

    " Just for dialogue alone I give this five stars. I'd read a hundred of Carnoy's books if he wrote them - just because his dialogue is so utterly real and engaging I cannot put the book down. Plus it helps that it takes place in Silicon Valley, a place I love and miss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/9/2013

    " Interesting twist. Not a "con't wait to back to it" but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/4/2013

    " Another novel filled with suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Vanderploeg | 8/6/2013

    " Knife Music is pretty interesting and holds together well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 8/19/2012

    " Meh. Perfectly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 2pucks | 6/6/2012

    " Good book with a couple twists. Makes you nervous about what happens when someone accuses you of something. Images tarnish easily. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/20/2012

    " Not bad for a beach read sort of book, but I spent a LOT of time mentally editing this as I went along. I wish the person who was paid for the job had actually done so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 3/11/2012

    " It was an engaging mystery. Not very probable but I wanted to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/8/2011

    " The ending came out of nowhere and made the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcelite Manuel | 11/13/2011

    " Quick but enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/2/2011

    " This was a disturbing page-turner with a twist... still trying to shake some mental images even though the writing wasn't graphic at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy Donnelly | 9/25/2011

    " This is a thriller to find out who took advantage of a 16 year old girl who was then driven to suicide. a bit of a downer and a disappointing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 8/27/2011

    " This was a free download on my Kindle and I must say I was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was a really good book with lots of twists and turns. I'd recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 6/5/2011

    " A teenaged girl commits suicide, and s womanizing surgeon is the prime suspect. A pretty good mystery with a little twist in the end.

    Full review coming soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 5/29/2011

    " Kind of boring--where was the suspense? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 5/3/2011

    " have had this freebie on my kindle for awhile now. really liked it. interesting twist in this thriller/mystery i did nOT see coming. and do NOT judge this book by its cover...(yuk)
    i would def read more books by this author if he keeps this up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elif | 3/19/2011

    " kristenin ölümünün ardinda yatanlar, olayin sonlandirilmasi sasirticiydi. dr Cogan'in suçlamalardan kurtulmak için yaptiklari agirlikli olarak anlatiliyor.hersey açiga kavustu derken kitap son bir olayla sonlandiriliyo. bitimine yakin heyecan da artiyo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/22/2011

    " Great beach read--did not expect the ending... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/21/2011

    " "why" is intellectual. "why not" is impulsive. and poor judgement is 90% impulsive "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/22/2011

    " Not bad for a beach read sort of book, but I spent a LOT of time mentally editing this as I went along. I wish the person who was paid for the job had actually done so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornmaven | 1/21/2011

    " Interesting whodunit with a surgeon as the prime suspect. I might look up more of Carnoy's stuff as a result. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/15/2011

    " Interesting twist. Not a "con't wait to back to it" but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/27/2010

    " This was my first e-book from the library. It had quite a few twists and turns. And was one of those books that moved back and forth in time. So pay attention! Overall a good read combining the lives of doctors and police. I will definitely read Carnoy again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 12/19/2010

    " This was a decent quick read. I give it 3 stars only because I have a problem with believing the choices that were made by some of the main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/4/2010

    " Entertaining story but the author goes into ridiculous detail about people and events that are barely relevant to the story. I think this is what happens without a decent editor... "

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About the Author

David Carnoy is the author of several crime novels. He is an executive editor at CNET.

About the Narrator

Kristoffer Tabori made his screen debut when he was six years old and appeared on Broadway for the first time at age sixteen. He has garnered numerous honors for his stage, screen, television, and radio acting and directing, including an Emmy. His first solo narration won the 1993 Audie Award for best audiobook of the year.