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The King of Ragtime (Ragtime Trilogy #2)

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It's 1916, and time's running out for Scott Joplin. Before he dies, he wants to provide for his wife and to secure his place in musical history. He's written a musical drama. His young piano student, Martin Niederhoffer, who works as a book-keeper at Waterson, Berlin, and Snyder Music Publishers, convinces him to try to get Irving Berlin to publish and produce the work. Th ...more
ebook, 308 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2008)
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May 24, 2011 Mare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the summer of 1916 Martin Niederhoffer worked for Waterson, Berlin, and Snyder, Music Publishers as a bookkeeper with an eye to his future. He also took piano lessons from Scott Joplin. Martin loved Scott's music and convinced Mr. Joplin to take his musical drama "If" to Irving Berlin to be produced. With bad blood over an earlier piece of music between Joplin and Berlin, and Scott already a very sick man, this was a situation ripe for confrontation.

Martin has discovered discrepancies in the
May 27, 2016 Urs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Scott Joplin tries to get some later music published by Irving Berlin, but things fall apart when he is found a day later by his piano student Martin over a dead body with the murder weapon in hand.

I did not know what I was getting into reading this book. I had no idea that it was a part of a series, but it stood alone fine for me. I mostly read this because I have an interest in music and always liked Scott Joplin. It also sounded like an interesting mystery.

This book was so good
Jul 11, 2010 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the trilogy on par with the first. I like the well-researched history of these books, but the fabricated mysteries can be a bit of a stretch.
Ken Kuhlken
Especially recommend for folks interested in ragtime music, early 20th century New York City, or the music publishing business. Well researched and a good read.
Mar 04, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery story involving Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin. Lots of history...shocked at the presentation of Irving Berlin. Must read more, perhaps the book by Edward Berlin.
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Larry Karp practiced perinatal medicine and wrote general nonfiction before turning his back on medical work to write mystery novels full-time. The backgrounds and settings of Larry's mysteries reflect many of his interests, including musical antiques, medical-ethical issues, and ragtime music. His current book, The King of Ragtime, the second work in a ragtime mystery trilogy, centers on a real-l ...more
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Ragtime Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Ragtime Kid
  • The Ragtime Fool: A Ragtime Mystery

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