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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
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
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
on October 6, 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
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
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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
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
on October 8, 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
on January 3, 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2008
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I started reading this book leisurely flipping through the first chapter or so, but ended up finishing it in a weekend. That's what happens when you get caught in David Carnoy's deftly written Knife Music.

The other reviewers are essentially spot-on. The dialogue is sharp, and while Dr. Cogan's situation is deeply suspicious, he gets you on his side with his smart-ass charm. The medical details ring true, you feel like you know the characters, and the plot is deep enough to totally suck you in. The story does jump around chronologically a lot, but never once did I get mixed up in the action. Even better, the twists and turns come naturally, and every time I thought I had it figured out, some new complicating facts came up.

I'm generally not a huge fan of the thriller genre, but Knife Music had me hooked from beginning to end. Looking forward to more from David Carnoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2008
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Scalpel-sharp suspense, a page-turner of a crime novel with characters you care about: a doctor, Ted Cogan, framed for a murder he didn't commit, desperately tries to save his reputation and his life; and a detective, Hank Madden, with a serious personal prejudice, who goes over the line in his obsessive pursuit of Ted and everything he stands for. Carnoy's dramatic writing takes you behind the scenes of a great hospital's do-or-die power struggles. You won't be able to stop reading until the surprise ending that will hit you like an electric shock. KNIFE MUSIC may keep you up all night but you won't mind--it's that great a read!
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