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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mayhaven Publishing; First Edition edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193227801X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932278019
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,958,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Updike meets Ross MacDonald in this superbly crafted tale of ghostly phantoms from the family tree, business intrigue and murder most foul. --Stephen Smoke, Editor-in-Chief, Mystery Magazine

About the Author

John Knoerle is the author of the cult favorite "Crystal Meth Cowboys" (Blue Steel Press). He has written stage plays, screenplays and even worked as a stand-up comic. He currently writes and resides in Chicago.

More About the Author

John Knoerle was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1949 and migrated to California in the 1960s. He has worked as a stand-up comic, a voiceover actor and a radio reporter. He wrote the screenplay for "Quiet Fire," which starred Karen Black and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, and the stage play "The He-Man Woman Hater's Club," an LA Time's Critics Choice. John also worked as a writer for Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

Knoerle's first novel, "Crystal Meth Cowboys," published in 2003, was optioned by Fox TV. His second novel, "The Violin Player," won the Mayhaven Award for Fiction.

Knoerle has just completed "The American Spy Trilogy."

Book One, "A Pure Double Cross," came out in 2008. Book Two, "A Despicable Profession," was published in 2010. Book Three, "The Proxy Assassin," was published in late 2012.

John Knoerle currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Judie. Learn more, and hear audio versions of John's work, at www.johnknoerle.com

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This story is intriguing and fast paced.
te2texas
Large amounts of research and the hard work of word selection add to the story, imagery and feel of the novel.
Santo Cuollo
The characters are interesting, diverse, believable, and well defined.
Duff Kennedy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When his mother dies suddenly of a heart attack, 44-year-old Walter Sumner must take his place at the head of the family table. Among his responsibilities is the posting of his mother's date of death on the family's GenealoG webpage. But when he goes to do just that, Walter finds that her date of death is already posted there. Stranger still, it was posed before she actually died. As the primary heir to his mother's estate the police consider Walter the prime suspect. Then another family member's death date is posted! Walter must find the person responsible before death strikes again. This is John Knoerle's second novel and continues to demonstrate his genuine storytelling talent. A well crafted mystery., The Violin Player is a treat for dedicated mystery buffs who will enjoy every plot twist, turn, and surprise in this nicely crafted and highly recommended story of suspense.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Tessler on February 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Violin Player was fast-paced and suspenseful. John Knoerles captured his characters in a few words of description and through dialogue. They were memorable. It answered the question of what you should do if you're falsely accused of murder. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duff Kennedy on February 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Great stuff here. The characters are interesting, diverse, believable, and well defined. The plot has twists and turns without being forced. The style and use of language is a pleasure to read. Incredibly, the style is completely different from Knoerle's other stuff, unlike other writers who turn out the same book over and over again.

If you liked Crystal Meth Cowboys you'll like The Violin Player. If you *didn't* like Crystal Meth Cowboys you'll *still* like The Violin Player.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By te2texas on July 25, 2005
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I took a chance with Knoerle's first book and am very glad to be reading this author again. This story is intriguing and fast paced. Definitely will read more when he writes more. Not as gritty as Crystal Meth Cowboys. A great plot to try and figure out. Not predictable and the ending a surprize.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santo Cuollo on March 30, 2006
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The Violin Player ranks as a powerful story, well told. John Knoerle creates an atmosphere of dread, anticipation, excitement, panic, and fear... I often found myself having to look up from the book just to catch my breath and assure myself that it was "just a story". It reads like a grainy, black and white movie where you can see just enough detail to be afraid - but never the whole picture, like the original "Nosferatu", or Stephen King's "Thinner". Large amounts of research and the hard work of word selection add to the story, imagery and feel of the novel.I enjoyed how Knoerle made a Jaguar automobile a character as well - but that is a guy thing. Read this to be in on a new author and a story-telling roller-coaster.
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