Playing with Fire

A Novel

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A gripping standalone thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND SUSPENSE MAGAZINE

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.

Praise for Playing with Fire

"Compelling . . . I defy you to read the first chapter and not singe your fingers reading the rest."-David Baldacci

"One of the best and most original thrillers of the year."-Providence Journal

"[A] novel brimming with emotion, literary description, and psychological suspense."-The Huffington Post

"Will make readers drop everything to immerse themselves in its propulsive dual narrative."-Los Angeles Times

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Die chinesischstämmige Tess Gerritsen arbeitete erfolgreich als Medizinerin, bevor sie sich ihrer Jugendleidenschaft besann und anfing, Romane zu schreiben. Der internationale Durchbruch gelang ihr mit "Die Chirurgin". Kaum jemand vereint seit vielen Jahren so gekonnt wie Tess Gerritsen erzählerische Raffinesse mit medizinischer Detailgenauigkeit und psychologischer Glaubwürdigkeit der Figuren.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 288
Erscheinungsdatum 02.08.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-101-88436-2
Verlag Bantam Trade
Maße (L/B/H) 19/10,6/2,5 cm
Gewicht 182 g
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Playing with Fire
von miss.mesmerized am 27.10.2015
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When in Rome, violinist Julia buys an antique book with Gypsy music. In it she finds the notes for an unusual and fascinating waltz. After returning home, she plays the piece called “Incendio” – fire - and soon after strange things start happening. First, her three-year-old daughter stabs the... When in Rome, violinist Julia buys an antique book with Gypsy music. In it she finds the notes for an unusual and fascinating waltz. After returning home, she plays the piece called “Incendio” – fire - and soon after strange things start happening. First, her three-year-old daughter stabs the cat, then she even injures her own mother. Examinations of the girl lead to nothing, but there must be a connection to the piece and its history. Parallel to this, Gerritsen narrates the story of violinist Lorenzo and cellist Laura who fall in love with each other while rehearsing together. But times are hard for Jews in WW II Italy, and thus there is not much hope for this young love. The two stories are interconnected and this link will pose a serious danger for Julia. A stunning novel, which is less based on the thrill the readers of Gerritsen’s novels know well, but on the fine tones that music creates. There is suspense – even a lot of it – you want to know why the little girl behaves in this strange way and how the music could have triggered this behaviour. At the same time, the story based in war Venice was to me much more appealing, to see how the common passion for music can link to people and create a bond which lasts beyond death. Action comes up at the end of the story which solves all mysterious in a believable and comprehensible way. I have read several of Gerritsen’s novels, but I definitely liked this one best because it is a perfect combination of historical events, the power of music as a very strong theme and mysteries which a waiting to be solved.