This is a lengthy excerpt of the mystery/thriller KNIFE MUSIC, which hits stores July 8. Tense and twisting, KNIFE MUSIC is the story of a doctor struggling to clear his name after being accused of raping…
This is a lengthy excerpt of the mystery/thriller KNIFE MUSIC, which hits stores July 8. 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.
Here's what Booklist has to say in an early review:
"Carnoy injects an uncommon level of medical expertise, from physical trauma through hospital hierarchy, into his fine debut thriller about the fraught world of doctors. The novel certainly works as medical drama, but it is also a gripping detective story and a revealing character study about what makes docs tick. We learn, for example, that many doctors’ lack of empathy can be seen as stemming from the fact that they were trapped in labs and libraries during the crucial social-skills-gaining years. One such doctor may be Ted Cogan, a surgeon, who is questioned by detectives after the death of one of his former patients, a female high-school sophomore. Cogan saved her life after a car accident six months before. Now the girl has taken her own life, and a trail of evidence points to a sexual relationship with Cogan and a motive for him to have killed her. Veteran detective Hank Madden, in charge of the case, is a brilliantly realized secondary character. Utterly baffling until the very last page."
“Subtle and engrossing...Tautly paced and full of crisp dialogue, Carnoy’s prose is pitch-perfect whether delving into medical and police procedural or sussing out the nuances of campus hookup culture...A gripping thriller debut that is just what the doctor ordered.”
“Impressive is the debut of David Carnoy with the surprisingly complex and sophisticated Knife Music. It's a combination legal/medical novel, so neatly plotted it seems the first-timer might have over-reached. Yet Carnoy resolves everything with enough originality to deliver a satisfying jolt.”