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From Concert Violinist Gerald Elias Comes This Debut Set In The Classical Music World About The Theft Of A Priceless ViolinDaniel Jacobus Is A Blind, Reclusive, Crotchety Violin Teacher Living In Self Imposed Exile In Rural New England He Spends His Time Chain Smoking, Listening To Old LPs, And Occasionally Taking On New Students, Whom He Berates In The Hope That They Will FleeJacobus Is Drawn Back Into The World He Left Behind When He Decides To Attend The Grimsley Competition At Carnegie Hall The Young Winner Of This Competition Is Granted The Honor Of Playing The Piccolino Stradivarius, A Uniquely Dazzling Three Quarter Size Violin That Has Brought Misfortune To All Who Possessed It Over The Centuries But The Violin Is Stolen Before The Winner Of The Competition Has A Chance To Play It, And Jacobus Is The Primary SuspectWith The Help Of His Friend And Former Musical Partner, Nathaniel Williams, His New Student,Yumi Shinagawa, And Several Quirky Sidekicks, Jacobus Sets Out To Prove His Innocence And Find The Stolen Piccolino Strad Will He Be Successful The Quest Takes Him Through The Halls Of Wealth And Culture, Across Continents To Japan, And Leads Him To A Murder Devil S Trillgives The Reader A Peek Into The World Of Classical Music, With Its Backstabbing Teachers And Performers, Venal Patrons, And Shady Violin Dealers It Is The Remarkable Beginning Of A Wonderful New Series


10 thoughts on “Devil's Trill

  1. says:

    I really wanted to love Gerald Elias debut thriller, Devil s Trill I really, really, really wanted to love it Really According to the jacket, the story has everything classical music a Stradivarius violin, in particular the Piccolino, supersititions, a crotchety protagonist, a great cover Everything that makes Devil s Trill sound like the fireplace read of the Fall Now, I m not one to give up easily After all, I did read every word of Peter Straub s Koko But Elias needs to do what he knows best and that is sticking with playing the violin The main protagonist is Daniel Jacobus, a blind, reclusive violin teacher, who had the talent to win the prestigious Grimsley Competition at Carnegie Hall when he was less than thirteen years old Jacobus attended the latest Grimsley, only to be ignored, berated, and accused of stealing the Piccolino Daniel enlists his best friend and former musical partner, Nathanial Williams, and a brand new student, Yumi Shinagawam to prove his innocence and find the stolen instrument The jacket refers to the trio as quirky sidekicks, but Elias was going for political correctness Jacobus is an old white guy, Williams is a robust African American, and Yumi is young, Japanese, and female They don t work.The writing is boring, pure and simple I was able to tolerate only one hundred and nineteen pages before I couldn t take it any There is no tension The dialogue is inane and does not push the story forward The haphazard trio s characterization is over the top There is no doubt that Elias knows his stuff His knowledge shines through and, while it can get too detailed at times, it doesn t get in the way Devil s Trill is supposed to be the beginning of a new series This is one reader who won t be holding her breath until the next book hits the shelves.Review originally appeared on www.armchairinterviews.com.


  2. says:

    Sadly I had to give up on this one about a third of the way through.I know, why bother reviewing a book you didn t read right I WANTED to like this I live in Salt Lake City where the author currently works So I really gave it my all and chewed through as much as I couldThe themes and characters had some real promise, but Elias seemed to genericize them into people I did not care about Then the story just started seeming like a standard issue mystery novel bleh I went into this thing far than I would have with any other book I did not like, out of respect for the author.If, by 1 3 of a novel, I cannot find anything compelling me to continue, then why waste my time I am familiar with slow starting books, no problem with that Oddly, this one actually started swiftly the brief tale of the violin s origin was very well done but then it petered out, guttering away slowly like a candle flame struggling to remain alive.If I was involved the business side of symphonic music, all the insider info and terminology might well make this an entertaining and interesting book.I leave the book 1 3 reviewed, with full disclosure I read A LOT, so I wish to state that the fact that I read 1 3 only is not something I take lightly or simply something I did out of laziness.Nuff said.


  3. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel I found it under the new authors section in the bookstore while trying to find a good mystery Even though the story from the book jacket reminded me somewhat of the film The Red Violin, I decided to give it a chance and I m glad I did.I couldn t help but feel and care for the character Daniel Jacobus As harsh as he presents himself, you find out that he really has emotions and feelings supressed under that hard armour.The overall storyline was suspenseful and not at all overbearing or boring, for that matter I find that sometimes authors describe a certain situation character a bit too much, therefore distracting me from what is essentially going on I do have to note that if I did not have some background in music, I may not have been able to appreciate it as much as I did I grew up playing the violin and piano myself and found that music knowledge to be very helpful I also have to say that those without some musically might have a hard time understanding Though it might also instill a new appreciation or even curiousity In all I loved the novel and highly recommend


  4. says:

    Gerald is my good friend, and came to my bookclub to speak about writing this book That was fascinating in itself, a ten year saga It is a murder mystery set in the world of high level New York violin lessons, competitions, agents, etc I found the story a great read, and I recognized a lot of personalities I have met in my career I am waiting for the second book to come out in a few months, a second murder mystery set in the world of the violin teacher The language of the main character is a little strong, be warned.


  5. says:

    A cynical though likely not altogether inaccurate view of the classical music world and competitions I enjoyed all the music references.


  6. says:

    Ah, another book I gave up on reading.Let me start by saying that the Prologue is brilliant Elias writes it like an academic introduction, and I had to check the copyright page to be sure that all characters and events portrayed were fictitious It also weaves in the pre novel tragedy of our protagonist, a virtuoso violinist who went blind at the height of his career.Sadly, the book goes downhill from there The next section is an historical intro to a violin Elias somehow manages to make scandal, sex, death, and triumph seem almost boring But Had the rest of the novel packed in so many enticing themes, I d probably have finished it It may even have won three stars.No When we finally reach chapter one, we are not so delighted to find a whiny protagonist and a whole lot of tell, not show Elias fills paragraph after paragraph with such un riveting sentences as Jacobus was depressed At the risk of sounding like a high school English teacher Don t tell me he s depressed Show me his depression Tell me about the dishes that have piled up in the sink over the last few days that he can t find the energy to do Or the fact that he s going out tonight so he figures he ought to take his first shower of the month Tell me about the full container of Prozac his doctor prescribed three months ago.Or, instead of saying Jacobus didn t like him much , Elias could make a diary entry.Things I Despise1 That bastard Martin Lilburn2 Kids whose parents force them to play music3 Cold weatherI think the editor A Victoria Mixon said and I paraphrase that modern mainstream literature has fallen into a tell, don t show rut Critics believe that a book can only be good if it s difficult to read She likes to draw a contrast to 1940s pulps, which contain better writing than highly regarded books today.


  7. says:

    I find this book very diffictult to review for one reason Mr Elias clearly seems to have a negative bias toward the American Pit Bull Terrier I know one might find this unusual in a book that has to do with classical music and murder mystery, and I certainly find it unusual as well This is the first book in the trilogy about Daniel Jacobus, a blind violin teacher who seems to keep finding trouble I so looked forward to this trilogy since its setting is in Massachusetts and I love reading books that follow the same characters throughout It is very well written and I was very sad to stop reading the series with the second book Danse Macabre but my heart could not take any negative references towards pit bulls As someone involved in animal advocacy and specifically in the advocacy of pit bulls, I could not continue reading Mr Elias, who seems to use every chance to perpetuate unjust stereotypes toward this sweet, beautiful breed Knowing and witnessing what happens to these loving, living creatures every day who desperately need our help out of their tortuous, abusive situations, I cannot, in all conscienceness, keep reading What a waste of great talent As a librarian and avid reader, I find too many good books out there to waste my time with books that have such a negative agenda Cannot recommend for this reason Sorry.


  8. says:

    This book starts off very strong with the backstory of the Stradivarius violin around which the entire story is going to revolve And to be honest, I actually kind of liked the rough and unlikeable protagonist I liked the way he looked at music and the music world, even though he doesn t want to be liked I liked his dour attitude and the way he shocked people, just because he really didn t care The plotline is a little complex and there was a little bit too much expository for my taste I think our murderer at the end admitted a little than was necessary and than what a murderer would admit I guess I ve never understood why murderers or criminials admit things in the TV shows and movies and books that incriminate them, but I guess that s just this murder mystery genre that I really don t read that often I picked this book up because my daughter and I go to the Utah Symphony often, and we saw this book for sale at the symphony store I was intrigued I liked learning about the classical music world I was also interested about the author s opinion on forcing kids to do too much too soon It seems like everyone s in such a rush all the time A pretty good read.


  9. says:

    At the Grimsley Competition for young violinists at Carnegie Hall, a rare and valuable Stradivarius violin is stolen, even though it had been in a locked room and guarded by two security guards Daniel Jacobus, a blind, reclusive and crotchety former violinist who now teaches, is a suspect he dislikes the competition and the group that hosts it, the Musical Arts Project Group As he tries to help solve the theft with Nathaniel Williams, the investigator for the company that had insured the violin, and Yumi Shinagawa, a 19 year old student fresh from Japan a MAP member is murdered, and Jacobus is a suspect in the murder, as well The story is written by someone who has been a violinist, composer, conductor and teacher so there s much insight into the world of music, and the fierce competition that is sometimes seen And Jacobus, for unlikable as he can be, is a compelling protagonist For a debut novel, Devil s Trill is good But there are still some annoying quirks For example, the author tries to be too cutesy with puns It s not just one character who loves musical puns but just about every character After awhile, it grates, and actually lowers the enjoyment of what otherwise is a good mystery.


  10. says:

    Alas, this book fell into the, for me, Moby Dick vortex You know, when you re zipping along and Mr Dick is frolicking about, and Cap n A is chewing the scenery left and right, and suddenly the author feels compelled to Tell You About A Thing In Melville s case, whale blubber In this author s case, violin bows Admittedly palatable, and yet the same grinding halt.All right, this is a first novel from a professional violinist and music professor, so one can admit to a certain tolerance to certain enthusiasms And I must also admit to a quarter century of being a violist in orchestras good, mediocre, and incredibly bad, so there is a certain bias here Admittedly we may well be the scorned stepchild of the string section, but those after beats aren t going to play themselves yes, Sleigh Ride, I AM giving you the hairy eyeball So points for the main character a blind crotchety violin teacher semi detective And also points for hating on high stakes youth music competitions But the writing could have used some tightening up.