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The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller | [Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, James Grady, David Hewson, P. J. Parrish, Jeffery Deaver]

The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.
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Publisher's Summary

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.

The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.

The Chopin Manuscript was written by:
Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (Jawbreaker)
Lisa Scottoline (Daddy's Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)

© 2007 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, David Hewson, James Grady, S. J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, and P. J. Parrish (P) 2007 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2008 Audie Award Winner
    Audiobook of the Year

"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" (James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain)

"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." (Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal)

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    Sandra 01-09-08
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    The first several chapters all felt like the story was just getting started. The story could have started with any of the first 3 chapters . I do not feel they needed the chapters before them to build the story.

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    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 12-29-07
    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 12-29-07 Member Since 2005

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    "A Good Idea Unfulfilled"

    If this project didn't have so many notable authors, they might have stayed true to the storyline instead of their egos. So many writing styles did not help this story and it shows in the flow from chapter to chapter. I agree with a previous rater that Alfred Molina provided a great narration.

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    Dan Chattanooga, TN, United States 12-24-07
    Dan Chattanooga, TN, United States 12-24-07
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    "Too many cooks."

    Well developed characters. Each writer trying to outdo the other in plot twists leads to unwilling suspension of disbelief near the end.

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    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 11-28-09
    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 11-28-09 Member Since 2015

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    Missed the mark, not a spellbinder

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    Mutters Putters Oregon 11-25-09
    Mutters Putters Oregon 11-25-09 Member Since 2008

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    "The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller"

    I might be able to rate the book higher if it had a better narrator. The story itself is mediocore and narrator amplifies the mediocrity.

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    J David Virginia Beach, VA, USA 11-24-09
    J David Virginia Beach, VA, USA 11-24-09
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    "What a yawn"

    Really? 15 authors for one story. I can't believe I wasted my money on a story that continually fights to stay on message.

    While a few of the chapters were well written, I believe the concept fails for the exact reason that it was conceived - a group of writers writing one story.

    The book just had too many cooks in the kitchen.

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    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-15-09
    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Why is this popular?"

    I stopped 2/3 of the way through this. There are too many characters and names that appear briefly, disappear, and then reappear later, creating confusion. There was not enough story to justify the effort needed to keep things straight. Maybe this would be OK in print but it is not good in audio.

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    Carole Atascadero, CA, USA 11-06-09
    Carole Atascadero, CA, USA 11-06-09
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    "choppy"

    You can tell this book is written by many authors as it seems to ramble with no central plot. I was disappointed - but it was not the worst book I have purchased!

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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-06-08
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    I loved the first half! The ending... a wizard did it!

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    Siwei 11-25-08
    Siwei 11-25-08
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    "a nice start but a disappointing ending"

    I think the idea to have bunch of authors work together for a thriller is a good one. The trouble is, they have to work in a coordinated way. This novel starts very nicely, but a lot of the plots and figures that seem to be important at the very beginning were destroyed unexpected in the middle (e.g., the FBI agent) and the ending seems just too artificial.

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