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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: ParkMadison Press (September 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615243258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615243252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A doctor defends himself from an all-too-plausible rape allegation in this scalpel-sharp medical thriller.

When 17-year-old Kristen Kroiter, a former patient, kills herself after penning a diary entry describing a sexual encounter with him, hotshot emergency-room surgeon Ted Cogan faces an uphill battle to clear his name. Kristen had indeed spent the night at his home when she washed up there drunk after a frat party. Cogan had been drinking a little too, and Kristen's best friend swears she saw them in bed together. Anyone who knows him can imagine the 40-something Cogan, a notorious womanizer with an eye for college girls, in the scenario. For detective Hank Madden of the Menlo Park, Calif., police department, that--along with a personal animus stemming from his traumatic past--is enough to charge Cogan with statutory rape and manslaughter. It's also enough to draw readers into this subtle and engrossing mystery.

As Cogan struggles to reconstruct that night's events, first-time novelist Carnoy paints a landscape of complex, flawed characters, mixed motives and twisting intrigue. He takes readers into the toxic office politics of a hospital surgery department, the rancid machinations of a frat house full of horny kids on the make and the romantic fantasies of young girls, fueled by a volatile mixture of innocence and desire.

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 Discoveries, December 11, 2008

About the Author

While his novel may be more medical thriller than high-tech thriller, David Carnoy does hail from a high-tech background. He currently serves as Executive Editor at CBS Interactive, where he oversees reviews of home and entertainment products at CNET.com and writes the column Fully Equipped. In researching Knife Music, Carnoy spent a lot of time talking with doctors and trailed a surgeon at a hospital in Northern California. He also visited trauma centers in Santa Clara and New York City, where he lives today with his wife and children. He went to college at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Knife Music is his first novel.

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The characters were very well developed and believable.
Allison Crews
I started reading this book leisurely flipping through the first chapter or so, but ended up finishing it in a weekend.
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I highly recommend "Knife Music" for anyone who likes a great thriller that is also well-written.
Seth Gross

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By T. Molakides on April 6, 2009
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As a retired police detective, I am probably more critical than most when it comes to mystery novels. I found Knife Music's storyline not only riveting but technically correct. Knife Music was fast paced and difficult to put down. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Chugh on November 23, 2008
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I could not put this book down! The suspense was killing me ... and, I really was rooting for several of the characters, despite the fact that they were adversaries! They were so believable, and so human, and so admirable yet flawed. The book made me think, and at the same time, totally swept me away into that wonderful place that only books can create where you aren't thinking at all. Now, I feel the need to re-read the book to put it all together, or at least debrief with someone else who has read the book. Definitely a book I highly recommend, and one I plan to include in several Christmas presents!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Seth Gross on October 5, 2008
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David Carnoy's "Knife Music" skillfully cuts open the life of a privileged surgeon and lays bare an intriguing mystery of deceit, anxiety, and betrayal. Dr. Ted Cogan's efforts to clear his name and come to terms with his darker nature, intercut with Detective Hank Madden's obsessive efforts to nail Cogan at any cost, reminded me of a great Hitchcockian thriller, on par with "Strangers on a Train" or "Rope."

Even though the novel is very well-paced, Carnoy doesn't skimp on character. Cogan, Madden, and Kristen (who comes to life through her chilling diary entries) all feel real. We care about their story because we see ourselves in them. Like Harlan Coben, who writes similar domestic thrillers, Carnoy is very adept at servicing character while not short-changing storytelling.

I highly recommend "Knife Music" for anyone who likes a great thriller that is also well-written. Carnoy's sharp prose and taut structure create a fast, compelling read that keeps you turning pages until the shocking ending. And the final twist packs a wallop that will remind readers of "Presumed Innocent,"except "Knife Music" may even cut deeper than that Scott Turow classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Schwartzberg on November 14, 2008
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This is a fantastic read and a gift to thriller readers everywhere. It is well written, fast paced and will have you totally surprised by the ending. Carnoy is a remarkable writer who manages to weave the story together in a way that will have you hoping for more time to keep reading. He has a gift for telling a truly suspenseful story with great thought and intelligence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RichP on October 7, 2010
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This is a really good book--I couldn't put it down and had to finish it at work!
I found his style very easy to read. The conversations were handled very well--so many authors just can't do it right. I loved all the local references. Plot was great. Good character development and descriptions--again something most authors just don't get right.

I can't wait for David Carnoy's next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Nipper on March 8, 2009
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Although I bought your book from Amazon.com a couple of weeks ago, I had foot surgery on Feb. 26th and couldn't bring myself to read about a doctor for 3 or 4 days. But once I got into "Knife Music," I had a hard time putting it down. I'm impressed by how accurate your descriptions of doctors, police, and the legal system seem to be. Also, the plot was downright intriguing.

I worked as a tech writer in Silicon Valley for years before retiring and have visited a lot of the places you mentioned in the vicinity.

I'll look forward to reading your next book!

Pat
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sack on January 5, 2009
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An easy page turner, indeed.; a fluid read with some good surprises. I even got a number of chuckles while reading it (e.g., booking the "menacing pizza"). At some point, near the beginning, I thought it would be all about victims and that I'd get some insights into this unfortunate cause of victimology (yes, a field that actually exists here in France; appearing as victim has been of great benefit to Sarkozy). No such luck. The leitmotif seems to be more virile than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy C. Vuono on January 2, 2009
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Just finished reading Knife Music and truly enjoyed the experience. The character development and back stories, all came together and culminated into a very unsuspecting finish. Through the authors descriptive detail, I came to understand Dr. Cogan actions or lack thereof. I will definitely recommend this book to my fellow readers of fictional but believable crime.
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