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A fugue in Hell's Kitchen : a Katy Green mystery
Glatzer, Hal.
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Palo Alto, Calif. : Perseverance Press/John Daniel & Co., [2004]

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236 pages ; 22 cm
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Rare manuscript theft, forgery, crooked land developers, the gangs of New York and a Chinese cellist in 1939 New York City! Swing musician Katy Green agrees to help a friend, a music conservatory teacher in New YorkÆs roughest neighborhood, hunt for a stolen music manuscript. This rare and valuable autograph manuscript--perhaps a forgery-- of a Paganini guitar quartet has inexplicably vanished. What Katy first thinks will be the easy pursuit of a petty thief swiftly turns into a deadly fugue of greed, jealousy, and zealotry, and a fight for her life. Her fight to keep a Chinese cellist friend from being deported evokes 2003, but KatyÆs in New York in 1939, before the Empire State Building has enough tenants, before all the subways have been built, when HellÆs Kitchen gangs shoot homemade linoleum knives at people.

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Because men get all the good gigs, talented musician Katy Green (Too Dead To Swing) must teach violin in order to survive in 1939 New York City. When the autographed Niccol? Paganini manuscript that friend Amalia Chen checked out of her music school library goes missing, Katy offers assistance. She learns first that the director of Chen's school, located in Hell's Kitchen, died recently under suspicious circumstances. Since the school's library contains other fabulous original music scores, Katy continues her sleuthing there. Authentic period atmosphere, current modes of social conduct, and believable plot recommend this historical to most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.