Walter Sumner, 44-year-old owner of a Chicago options trading firm, reluctantly takes his place at the head of the family table after his mother dies suddenly of a heart seizure.
When Walter attempts to post her date of death on the family’s GenealoG webpage, he finds that her date of death has already been posted. He does further research and quickly discovers that his mother’s d.o.d. was posted before her death.
As the primary heir to his mother’s estate, the police consider Walter the prime suspect in her murder. Then another family member’s d.o.d. pops up prematurely on the webpage.
And Walter Sumner must find the family stalker as the clock ticks down.
The Violin Player was an epic read. The ambiance of Chicago as only a resident can define. Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin were refreshing reminders of the great cultural differences yet so close geographically.
How many family tragedies and horrible secrets? Knoerle loses no time in captivating the reader with weight of the City and the burden placed on the main character.
When the antagonist interjects his twisted reality it is humorous, logical and disturbing. Artfully delivered without the unnecessary girth.
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.
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.
Warning: This book will keep you up at night. My sleepless hours were spent either speculating about how to solve the mystery, or ripping through the book as fast as I could to actually see it solved! The detail to location is what makes this well crafted mystery especially thrilling. The home base of the book is set in the quaint and recently developed Chicago Neighborhood of Bucktown, which is where I work and often play. The chance to connect so directly to the setting was an incredible experience I have never had with any other book! If you or anyone you know lives in or near Bucktown, buy this book! Of course the setting alone can't make a book great. Knoerle's book is fast paced, unpredictable, and heart wrenching. Although I've enjoyed his other books quite a lot ( see my other review here: A Despicable Profession: Book Two of the American Spy Trilogy ) This one is particularly unique in it's local chilling twists and turns. I found it positively impossible to put down.