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In a masterful standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, Tess Gerritsen, a mother is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.
The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the Incendio Waltz in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret that not only dates back to the horrors of the Holocaust, but also directly involves a dangerously powerful family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.
©2015 Tess Gerritsen (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Debbie De on 11-08-15

The Antique That Fell Into The Right Hands

Playing with Fire was a short but definitely thrilling novel. Julia a violinist in the symphony orchestra has just finished a concert in Rome.
She decides to take in the sights of the City before her trip home and happens to wonder into a small dark ancient antique shop, while there she stumbles upon a sheet of music she finds she is drawn to, and she can't put it down. Julia purchases the antique music sheet and flys home.
The more she plays the music the more she can't remember what happened before she started playing the masterpiece. When the events take a violent turn and appears to involve her daughter Lilly doing strange and even undesirable things, while listening to her mom play the music, she decides to investigate.
Julia flys back to Rome to see just where this music originated and who wrote the song, The Death Dance.
I give this Audiobook 4stars for performance and for storytelling.
It also makes me never want to buy another item out of an Antique Store again....

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5 out of 5 stars
By KristineMarie on 12-30-16

Spectacular performance!

I especially love audio books where the narrator (s) are good at playing several characters. This was that type. But most important, the storyline was very entertaining, moving and emotional. I believe I will always remember it as it touched my soul very deeply.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-06-16

Amazing enchanting story,

loved this enchanting story. it has a real human quality to it. it was deffinitly a page turner and gad me in tears at several points.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenni on 11-22-15

Listened in one sitting!

This novel was so good that it could have been taken from WWII history. It is playing on my mind.

Aspects of the story were based on real places in Poland that left you aware of the terrible crimes committed against jews and their friends who tried to save them. In real life there were so many true heroes and each one deserved to have their story told.

The story readers were very good and the musicians ace. I hope to find the music somewhere to keep. Keep running audio at the end to hear solo violin that completes this presentation, haunting! This made Tess Gerritsens novel complete and extremely well finished. She is a clever talented writer with a wonderful team around her to present this work in a brilliant manner.

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