Knife Music by David Carnoy
A Novel

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Kristen Kroiter was sixteen, a high-school sophomore, when she was injured in a car accident. Dr. Ted Cogan had saved her life when he treated her in the ER six months ago-but now police detectives were questioning Cogan about her, in intimate detail. What was going on? What had she told them?

That's just it, the cops said. She hadn't told them anything. She had died. Looked like a suicide. And Cogan was in a heap of trouble.

Tense and twisting, Knife Music is the story of a doctor struggling to clear his name after being accused of raping and causing the suicide of a young girl. The novel pits Cogan, a forty-three-year- old surgeon and self-described womanizer, against Hank Madden, a handicapped veteran detective. From the outset it's not clear who is victim and who is victimizer, as the usually dispassionate.

Madden grapples with his long- suppressed prejudices and his obsession with bringing Ted Cogan to justice at any cost. It all leads up to the most stunning surprise ending since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent.


About David Carnoy

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DAVID CARNOY is an executive editor at CNET and is interviewed regularly on television as a tech expert, appearing on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets. His acclaimed thriller Knife Music is available from Overlook. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.
Published July 8, 2010 by Overlook. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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In Cogan, he’s concocted an appealing, edgy protagonist–cocksure, arrogant and abrasive towards his less competent colleagues and “difficult” patients, but possessed of a roguish charm that makes readers want to tag along, even if they’re not sure where his moral compass is pointing.

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The author loses the opportunity to build tension between Madden and Cogan, which would have gone far in developing the conflict and building suspense in the story line, which lacks luster.

Jul 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Knife Music: A Novel

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(In other words, the agent makes them, "based on" actual query letters.) It makes me feel that I have a chance, because surely I won't do that in a query letter.However, I removed an agent from my list of "possibles" because s/he posted an email exchange with a rejected/disgruntled person on the ...

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Arlington Library

A cry of rape, but not leveled at one of the college boys, rather a prominent doctor whom the girl saw during the night, her friends ferrying her to his home for drunken unresponsive state.

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