Jazz Musician Ray Sherwood, Playing At The 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition On The Newly Created Treasure Island In San Francisco Bay, Simultaneously Becomes Involved With A Beautiful And Talented Berkeley Student Who Seeks His Help In Orchestrating Her Highly Original Composition, And In The Investigation Into A Mysterious Frenchwoman Who Plunges To Her Death From The Island's Emblematic Tower Of The Sun. Cd Contents: 1. The Music Speaks To Me (instrumental Version). 2. Believe You Me. 3. Beef Lo Mein. 4. A Night At The Claremont: Soup Du Jour. A Temptress In Taupe & Too Bad For You. 5. The Music Speaks To Me (vocal Version). 6. Self-portrait. 7. Swing Around The Sun. Rupert Holmes.
Authors : Holmes, Rupert
Publisher : New York : Random House, c2005.
Published Year : 3/15/2005
Format : Hardcover - Hardcover, 372 pages
Subject : Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Fiction Subjects
Language : English
Dimensions : 6.42 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.27 (d)
ISBN : 140006158X
ISBN13 : 9781400061587
Overview :Two-time Edgar Award winner Rupert Holmes-author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award-winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood-now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era. Swing is a multimedia mystery that spills off the printed page and into the musical tracks of the enclosed CD.
Jazz saxophonist and arranger Ray Sherwood, touring with the Jack Donovan Orchestra, is haunted by personal tragedy. But when a beautiful and talented Berkeley student named Gail Prentice seeks his help in orchestrating a highly original composition called Swing Around the Sun, which is slated to premiere at the Golden Gate Exposition on the newly created Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, Ray finds himself powerfully drawn to the beguiling coed. Within moments of first setting eyes on her, Ray also witnesses a horrifying sight: a young woman plunging to her death from the island's emblematic Tower of the Sun.
As the captivated Ray learns more about Gail and her unusual family, he finds himself trapped in a tightening coil of spiraling secrets- some personally devastating, all dangerous and deadly- in which from moment to moment nothing is certain, including Gail's intentions toward him and her connection to the dead woman who made such a grisly impact upon the stunning island. As events speed toward a shocking climax, Ray must use all his physical daring and improvisational skills to unlock an ominous puzzle whose sinister implications stretch far beyond anything he could imagine.
Swing is abrilliant historical thriller-with an extra twist that extends beyond its pages. Accompanying the novel is a CD of original songs and music that feature prominently in the story, within which the reader may find additional clues to the mysteries of Swing.