by: Gerald Elias
Minitour Books, New York
Daniel Jacobus, a blind and reclusive violin teacher is the protagonist of this interesting mystery written by Gerald Elias, a Boston Symphony violinist, who also wrote Devil's Trill, the first in this series featuring Daniel Jacobus. Dance Macabre is the second.
Rene Allard, a famous violinist, is found grotesquely murdered, steps away from his New York apartment, after performing his Carnegie Hall swan song, on his way to retirement in France. His protege, B Tower, seen bending over the body with blood on his hands, is arrested, tried and found guilty. But - was he the murderer? Jacobus is drawn into the investigation of the murder. Tower is now on death row, days away from his execution. The search for clues takes Jacobus to Utah, and then to the inner New York subway tunnels, and the sewers of New York City (a little like the movie, "The Third Man.") The murder weapon is a puzzle. How was Rene killed? The answer is very ingenious.