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The Violin Player: Mayhavens Award for Fiction John Knoerle

The Violin Player: Mayhavens Award for Fiction

John Knoerle

Published November 13th 2014
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Kindle Edition
384 pages
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There are two personalities at play in this gripping tale of suspense. One is Walter Sumner. The other is the shadowy figure that stalks him.As the 44-year-old owner of a Chicago trading firm, Walter doesn’t want any more responsibility. In fact, heMoreThere are two personalities at play in this gripping tale of suspense. One is Walter Sumner. The other is the shadowy figure that stalks him.As the 44-year-old owner of a Chicago trading firm, Walter doesn’t want any more responsibility. In fact, he’s trying to avoid it when his mother suddenly drops dead in mid-phone conversation, thrusting him to the head of the family. When he attempts to post her date of death on the family’s GenealoG web page, he finds her d.o.d. has already been posted—prior to her death. And when a second family member’s d.o.d. pops up prematurely on the same web page, business becomes the least of Walter’s worries. He soon discovers the Polish proverb is real: “The violin doesn’t play for everyone.”From The Violin PlayerI listened to Virginia die from the other side of the swinging doors. When she was quiet, I pushed through and damned if the old ho-bag wasn’t still alive. Lying on the floor staring up at me, her mouth moving soundlessly, blood spurting from her nose, Walter bellowing ‘mom, mom, mom, mom’ on the other end of the line.I stood there until her eyes grew opaque and her breathing ceased. I wanted to say a little prayer—I had thoughtfully memorized a passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls—but the phone was still on so I picked up the wine glass with my gloved hand, rinsed it out thoroughly in the kitchen sink, petted the kitty and left by the back door, making a solemn pledge to do a better job the next time.