The Chopin Manuscript

The Chopin Manuscript

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2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year.

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.

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501286650
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the bestselling author of over 30 mystery/crime novels and three collections of short stories. His books have been on bestseller lists around the globe, including his two best-known series: Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance. He's received a number of awards around the world, including the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Nero Wolfe Award. Before becoming a full-time writer, he earned a law degree and practiced journalism.


Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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Chopin Manuscript 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
joanneblack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Different writers, different styles, surprisingly entertaining.
dementomstie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good thriller. If you can track it down it's worth the listen. I don't know if this was released as a written version too or if it's only in Audio, but it was very good. The fact that each chapter was written by a different author makes some of it a little disjointed, but I over all really liked it a lot.
JeffV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three years ago, a distinguished group of thriller writers embarked on an interesting (in theory) project. Each would write a chapter in an action novel, one after the other. Jeffrey Deaver was the project leader -- he wrote the opening and closing chapters of the book, and fielded questions posed by the other authors. The exercise seemed interesting but was it good?Well, no, not really. For valid reasons, this wasn't a collaboration, but a serial effort. There seemed to be some reluctance by authors early in the chain to introduce too many loose ends that would compel latter authors to tie up. Authors use different means to craft their final product, some of the authors were admittedly outline-driven and others would just wing it. This effort, however, seemed to stifle both. As a result, the characters lacked depth, and in the end there was not one but two false endings before the ultimate bad guy was revealed. And that UBG wasn't even on the radar most of the book; so the revelation of the mastermind seemed rather contrived.The basic plot and story line were solid, however. A screen writer could probably pull together a reasonably entertaining movie with the material provided here. I'm a sucker for themes involving classical music, and technical elements were well handled, so the novel didn't lack effort, just cohesion. The serial concept of the book has been kicked around in some of the forums I've visited over the years. There has always been some interest, nothing ever really pulled together. I found it interesting to see the issues professional, established writers had in this sort of framework; and now I can't really imaging an amateur effort being anything but bad. But that doesn't mean it still wouldn't be a fun project. And if I came across another such effort by a group of novelists...well, I might just read that too, if nothing else to see if the concept can ever really be done well.
stonelaura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing premise for this story (I think it might have been published only on audio ¿ at least at first?) sounds like a composition exercise for freshman English, and, unfortunately the story reflects as much. Apparently Jeffery Deaver came up with the characters and started the story rolling. Each chapter afterward was written by another mystery/thriller writer until the last couple of chapters when Deaver pulls the story together for the denoument. I found the variance in writing style to be very distracting. Some chapters were so different in tone and flow that it truly felt as if they were written by someone else, and, hey!, they were. The effect was rather like each new author taking the manuscript outside the composing room, ripping it to shreds, and then gluing the pieces back together. I thought it was noticeable when Deaver once again picked up the story. It began to flow smoothly and proceed logically. The basic story is about war crimes investigator Harry Middleton who has a music manuscript that, unknown to him, is encoded with an important secret that could mean bad things for many people. Harry, and several others, are pursued, violence ensues, intricate plots are pieced together ¿ and easily forgotten, until justice prevails. Other authors include Scottoline, Child, Finder, Hewson, Spiegelman, Rozan, Spindler, Miller, Grady, Parrish, Fusilli, Corbett, Gilstrap, Pezzullo.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This audiobook was written by 15 different thriller writers, most of whom any thriller reader has probably read. Jeffrey Deaver set the stage with the first chapter and then passed it on to the next author and so on and so on. Deaver knew he would be writing the final chapters as well. So, even though he may have had an idea where he wanted the story to go, any of the intervening authors could completely throw the plot off track, or kill off a vital character. It was also written specifically for audio and Alfred Molina does a good job with different accents and maintaining intensity. The story revolves around an unheard-of Chopin manuscript that Harold Middleton, former war crimes investigator and musicologist, believes to be a fake. When bodies start piling up, it's obvious that something else is going on with this piece of music. Middleton is a likable character and the plot will definitely keep you guessing!
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. I was amazed to see how so many mystery writters could flow together and keep the story line/lines going. I have never read a serial story like this. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get the audio books to listen on my drive to and from work. This is bad because I want to stay in the car and listen longer. I liked all the characters because you didn't know who to trust. With so many authors, each writing one chapter, the plot can go anywhere.
NoNonsenseReader More than 1 year ago
Mixed feelings about this book written by 15 (!) well-known thriller writers. The thriller part is quite good, with almost non-stop action in at least 4 different countries, a lot of unpredictable twists and turns, it¿s a real page turner.

However, the main idea behind the plot is somewhat weak and confusing. It is too far-fetched to be enjoyed by a serious reader of international thrillers. Also, the author(s) made a complete mess of the whole Serbian-Albanian connection, with bad selection of Slavic charachers¿ names, including Polish ones (how hard is it for a writer in the age of the Internet to conduct a quick research on foreign names?) and other mistakes that are obvious especially to readers who know European culture and history.

What I really enjoyed was the narration by Alfred Molina (yes, it was an audiobook, unabridged). He is a great professional, with excellent command of the English language and appropriate use of light foreign accents (unlike most other narrators with their bad amateurish heavy accents they learn from cheap Hollywood movies). So, I will definitely be looking for another audiobook read by Mr. Molina.