The Virtuoso by G. P. Walmsley
A Love Story in Scarlet

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The Virtuoso is a mainstream contemporary novel laced with the struggles and ambivalence of a young man's desire to be a jazz musician and the forces that move him in another direction - toward the classics. How this dilemma resolves itself and the escapades along the way and beyond will both rouse, yet soothe your quest for escape from the mundane! The Virtuoso is a story of romance. A love story as well as a story with scarlet moments of lust from that oldest story of all - the story of human frailty against the spear of temptation. The lives of John Dupree and Sophia Berry are played out against a canvas of music and on the darker side - prostitution. Be prepared for three dimensional characters and convoluted plots. The Virtuoso will transport you - drawing you into the story to live each scene. From the rough and tumble streets of New Orleans during World War II to the poshness of high-rise living in New York City, we join he and Sophia in the intimacy of their lives. From private piano lessons in Saint Louis to the hallowed halls of Juilliard, we follow his emergence onto the concert stages of the world. Their lives unfold in a fate that spans some 20 years. In many ways this is a symbiotic relationship. She is a benefactress in his formative years as he moves toward becoming a world class pianist while she derives love and companionship from him; something she welcomes and realizes is important in her unconventional life. Through the trauma of Korea to Sophia's court room battles in New York and Federal courts, our couple shares with us the bitter-sweetness of their lives and their love. Check out:

About G. P. Walmsley

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As a seventeen year old he worked on bombers, serving four years in the US Air Force. Upon discharge Staff Sergeant Walmsley, with a desire for more challenges was led in the direction of law enforcement, becoming a police officer in New Jersey. The next twenty five years he experienced many things while moving through his career. After serving several years as a patrolman he moved through the ranks, including five years as a detective, a sergeant, a lieutenant, a captain and finally retiring as deputy chief of police, a rank he held for several years until retirement. Graduating from college with honors he received degrees in Law/Justice - which were heavily weighted in the behavioral sciences. Every class he took found him looking for the way it could serve his aspirations for writing. Classes in creative writing, philosophy and literature peaked his interest for the most part driving his desire to further understand people and events. He thought he might enjoy writing short stories, not having the patience for novels. Police work leaves little opportunity for the metaphors, simile and the creative expressions of fiction. "Just stick to the facts." You know how that goes. Right? Upon moving to Florida he attended Professional Writing classes spurring his interest on and helping to provide even more of the tools necessary to approach such a career with serious intentions. The learning process never ends and as he moved through the publishing world, joining with many others, his world was changing and creating emotions in others while entertaining them became his desire even more so than ever before. A broader interest entered his inquiring mind and led him toward metaphysics and even more quests for spiritual adventure. Spending a fair amount of time in this arena it helped to produce much thought that opened yet another avenue for intellectual intrigue broadening his understanding of the world he lives in.
Published October 19, 2007 by AuthorHouse. 480 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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