Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Book - 2015
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"In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music-- the Incendio waltz-- and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. Full of passion, torment, and chilling beauty, and seemingly unknown to the world, the waltz, its mournful minor key, its feverish arpeggios, appear to dance with a strange life of their own. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia's bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz's fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred-- and Julia's world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score. Her quest beckons Julia to the ancient city of Venice, where she uncovers a dark, decades-old secret involving a dangerously powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light"
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781101884348
Branch Call Number: F GERRI-T
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 24 cm


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May 19, 2017

Loved it!

Jan 20, 2017

I probably would have loved this story more if I played the violin.

Jul 07, 2016

This was a different book for Tess Gerritsen and I really enjoyed it. Quite different from the doctor perspective that her books are known for. There were two story lines.......past and present. The past was during World War II in Italy and how the Jews were treated at that time. It was worth the read.

Jun 19, 2016

While being known for more of a mystery/doctor type book, this book is more about music and the holocaust...and as a music person myself, it intrigued me and at the same time, never saw coming the medical mystery that gets solved near the end.

Feb 06, 2016

This book was just OK for me. The two stories being told were interesting but the link tying them together was pretty weak. Easy to read in a day.

Feb 04, 2016

Gripping! It weaves through time seamlessly. It was compelling from the first chapter to the last. A must read!

Feb 01, 2016

This novel is a quick read as it is short - 233 pages. The storyline is compelling told from the perspective of two characters, one, an Italian male musician, living during WWII, and the other, an American female musician. Gerritsen turns her story with the female musician into a psychological thriller so its hard to know what is "true". The other story of the Italian musician is based on fact as to the fate of Jewish Italians in WWII. Gerritsen brings these two unlikely elements together for a page turning story. Quite different from her Rizzoli and Isles novels.

Jlderdall Jan 27, 2016

Excellent book! Compelling story, really well written. Had goose bumps at the end.

Jan 13, 2016

An enjoyable read. Tess Gerritsen has made a very interesting psychological mystery based round the story of a previously unknown musical score bought in a second-hand book store..

Jan 11, 2016

This book is as spell-binding as the music in the story!

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Jun 19, 2016

A book about a mother who thinks her child is not right somehow, a Jewish violinist who is in love with a Catholic cellist, and the music that binds them together from a place called Venice.


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Jun 19, 2016

"Beware of the ignorant. They're the most dangerous enemy of all, because they are everywhere." Professor Balboni


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