Paganini's Ghost

Paganini's Ghost

Book - 2010
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Paganini -- showman, womanizer, dazzling virtuoso -- is one of the most charismatic characters in the history of classical music. His violin, il Cannone (the Cannon), is now kept in Genoa, Italy, where it is played only once every two years in a sold-out concert by the winner of an international competition.

This year, though, a Parisian art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. In his wallet is a scrap of sheet music, torn from a page that belongs to the competition's winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why?

Detective Antonio Guastafeste asks violin maker Gianni Castiglione to help him navigate the curious world of classical musicians, their priceless instruments, and the unsavory dealers who prey upon them. Together, Antonio and Gianni must unravel another mystery that has gone unanswered for over a century, one that may hold the answer to the modern-day murder.

Filled with remarkable history and musical lore, Paganini's Ghost plays at a breathtaking tempo that will keep you reading until the very last page.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312383855
0312383851
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm.

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JRowe
May 12, 2014

from Rocky 5/2014

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FollowFreeman
May 28, 2011

Had lots of details and insights about violins and its history. The middle was a bit slow. Wasn't a page-turner.

hldolman Jul 23, 2010

Full of lots of history about violin playing, Paganini and the time period.

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