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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Karp Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ragtime Mysteries Release Date:
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It’s 1916, and time’s running out for Scott Joplin. Before he dies, he wants to provide for his wife and secure his place in musical history. He’s written a musical drama, and his young piano student, Martin Niederhoffer, convinces him to try to get Irving Berlin to publish and produce the work. The next day, Niederhoffer walks into his office and finds Joplin crouched over the blood-soaked body of a young man. He hustles his teacher away, but the two are seen leaving the building.

When Berlin flatly denies ever having received Joplin’s play, young Niederhoffer engages the services of hit man Footsie Vinny, who gives Berlin a five-day deadline to come up with the manuscript. Then, just when things couldn’t get worse, Niederhoffer’s girlfriend is kidnapped. Can the ailing musician be exonerated before it is too late?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-crafted…Karp’s meticulous research helps create a vivid picture of the time and locale. Memorable, authentic characters are another plus.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mirron Willis gives a virtuoso performance in Larry Karp’s second immersion in the syncopated rhythms of ragtime…Willis never strikes a false note in Karp’s well-researched period mystery. He fashions living human beings of all colors, textures, and dispositions with only his smooth, sultry voice. A rich listen.”

    AudioFile

  • “An extensively researched and eminently readable historical mystery, this is a must for ragtime fans.”

    Booklist

  • “Impressively researched, with a substantial bibliography, Karp’s second Joplin mystery paints a full-bodied portrait of Harlem back in the day.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The rich and immensely expressive voice and narration of actor Mirron Willis place the listener fully in the world of Joplin and Berlin. His ease with dialects and gender render all characters real and immediate. The tragedy of Joplin’s quest to express his great gifts, and Willis’ skill with prose and personalities, will stay with the listener.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  • The King of Ragtime is an impressive account of [Scott Joplin’s] final months, the murder mystery made all the more real by the recognizable names associated with it.”

    Mysterious Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 6/27/2013

    " Second in the trilogy on par with the first. I like the well-researched history of these books, but the fabricated mysteries can be a bit of a stretch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 1/20/2013

    " Mystery story involving Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin. Lots of history...shocked at the presentation of Irving Berlin. Must read more, perhaps the book by Edward Berlin. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Karp

Larry Karp has written fiction and nonfiction, practiced perinatal medicine, and restored and collected antique music boxes. He and his wife have lived in Seattle for more than thirty years. They have two grown children.