That the 'oldcountry' (Russia)permeates much of The Metronome is evident from its first paragraph,which sets an atmosphere of intrigue: "I hate when phone rings in themiddle of the night. It must have come from the old country, where a knock in the darkoften meant that a black car is waiting downstairs and someone will disappear."Pavel's father was a detective, so Pavel is used to family secrets, eventhough he's now far from his Russian homeland. But the death of his father brings him back to Russia;there to uncover a mystery that will follow him, in turn, back to the U.S.
The Metronome's theme of memories thatspring up is just one facet ofPavel's experience that brings readers along forwhat turns out to be a wild ride of international intrigue, family secrets, andmystery. Don't expect a simple or easily-defined novel, here: The Metronomeis a link between Russiaand the West, between long-hidden family secrets and a son's new life in hisnew country, and between a detective's investigation into a murder and its tiesto the past and to the future. The book's twists and turns are multifaceted anddelicately woven and will delight readers who eschew the usual shallow leisureread for something richer and steeped in other cultures. In this, TheMetronome shines, analyzing Pavel's life and the final decision that willset him free, once and for all.
D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
From the Author
This book was intended as a historic fiction set in the near past. The characters are made up but the backdrop of the events is real and factual. You won't find power grid failures, zombies, vampires, or cool James Bond-types. The protagonists are regular, imperfect, even flawed people that face difficult circumstances. What moral choices they make will ultimately affect many. Because "even the smallest person can change the course of the future." To learn more or to download a free copy of the book, visit my website drbellbooks.com.