Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias
A Daniel Jacobus Novel (Daniel Jacobus Mysteries)

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The fourth book in the series featuring the irascible but loveable amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus Vaclav Herza, the last of a dying breed of great but tyrannical conductors, has been music director of Harmonium for forty years. The world famous touring orchestra was created for him when he fled Czechoslovakia for America during the political turmoil in Eastern Europe in 1956. It is the eve of the opening of a dramatic new concert hall designed by Herza himself. It is also the eleventh hour of intense contract negotiations with the musicians that have strained relations within the organization. When the acting concertmaster, Scheherazade O’Brien, is summarily dismissed by the despotic Herza for the permanent concertmaster position, an audition she was poised to win, O’Brien slits her wrists and the orchestra becomes convulsed. Now, blind, cantankerous violin teacher Daniel Jacobus, who had shunned O’Brien’s earlier plea for help against Herza’s relentless harassment, investigates Herza’s dark past not only in Prague, but in Tokyo and New York. With the help of his old friends Nathaniel Williams, Max Furukawa, and Martin Lilburn, he seeks not only revenge but redemption from the guilt of his own past.

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A graduate of Yale, GERALD ELIAS has been a Boston Symphony violinist, Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and Music Director of the Vivaldi Candlelight concert series.  He is also author of Devil’s Trill, selected by Barnes and Noble for their 2009 Discover Great New Writers catalog, and Danse Macabre, hailed as one of the top five mysteries in 2010 by Library Journal.
Published June 19, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, back in the States, Herza is dismissing Harmonium’s board members, support staff and musicians, who are threatening to strike on the evening the orchestra’s new symphony hall is to open, when Jacobus finally confronts Herza, bringing the Maestro’s reign of terror to an end.

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Things are looking up for the celebrated New Magini String Quartet in Elias's talky, less than compelling third mystery featuring blind violin teacher Daniel Jacobus (after 2010's Danse Macabre) once the quartet settles a major lawsuit and is slated to perform in an avant-garde presentation of Sc...

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Near the start of Elias’s finely tuned, wickedly funny fourth mystery featuring crotchety blind violinist Daniel Jacobus (after 2011’s Death and the Maiden), 41-year-old violinist Sherry O’Brien asks for his help with her audition for concertmaster of the prestigious Harmonium Orchestra.

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Review: A lawsuit is only the latest complication for a string quartet, whose first violinist inexplicably goes missing, in Death and the Maiden, the third mystery in this series by Gerald Elias.

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Before Sherry could perform, however, and in front of all the other violinists auditioning for the title, Herza tells Sherry she cannot audition.

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-Publishers Weekly (starred review) UPDATE: Library Journal has also given DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION a starred review!

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