Death and Transfiguration

Death and Transfiguration

Book - 2012
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When an aspiring concertmaster commits suicide after being summarily dismissed by the tyrannical conductor of a world-famous touring orchestra, blind violin teacher Daniel, who shunned the victim's earlier plea for help, investigates allegations about the conductor's harassment.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312678357
0312678355
Characteristics: x, 322 p. ; 25 cm

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Aug 17, 2014

This book is a culmination of a theme running through the previous books in this series. Daniel Jacobus has hinted, as a turning point in his life, that, as a boy, he was molested by one of the judges in a violin contest. In this book, he refuses to help a young woman who is competing with Yumi, his student, both auditioning for the first violin in the Harmonium orchestra. When she loses and commits suicide, his investigation reveals themes in her life that resonate deeply with his experiences. As Jacobus and friends reveal the history of the conductor and of the orchestra, he finds that he's working out his psychological problems as well as finding the reason for her suicide. Underlying the mystery is the political struggle of the musicians' union negotiating a contract.

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