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Het Chopin Manuscript (Harold Middleton #1)

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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 ac
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 2009 by TM Trademark (first published 2007)
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This was a lot of fun! Fifteen different authors each writing a single chapter (Jeffrey Deaver wrote two - first and last), with no idea how the story was to proceed. That means they took what was written, built upon it, then passed it on to the next.

One of the most fascinating things about this project was the vast differences between the authors, in tone, writing style, and direction. At the end of the book, there's a great interview with several of the authors explaining the process and thei
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a unique and amazing idea. I only heard about this originally through a posting on Jeffery Deaver's web site. I was so excited to see a collection of top mystery writers contribute to this story in weekly increments. Since I didn't have an audible subscription I was sadly left out. About a year later it came to CD and I was elated to get the chance to give this a read.

The plot of this serial thriller is that a Chopin manuscript is found and there is a question as to the integrity
Sep 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Listened to the audio download from [].

Narrated by: Alfred Molina

I loved the concept of this for "audio only" book that was developed by There were 15 writers each writing a chapter without knowing how the project will end. Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first chapter to start it off as well as the last two to bring it all together. I was very pleased the way all the details were wrapped up in a cogent manner. I have to admit, based on this one chapter per author concept, I
Sean Wylie
Weird concept where each of about a dozen writers write 1 chapter of the book. At the half way point and there are WAY too many story lines. Basically 6 different 1st chapters. Hope the next authors are amazing at bringing them together. Otherwise this will be a FAIL

Well got to the end and it was OK. IT was Jeffery Deaver idea and therefore he wrote the first and last chapters. Well the other writers got so deep into sub-plots that Jeffery had to write 2 final chapters and was forced to accelera
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just listened to this as an e-book read excellently by Alfred Molina. I'm not a Jeffrey Deaver fan but I was intriqued due to the concept of the story beginning/end being written bt Jeffrey Deaver and each chapter in between written by another well known mystery/crime writer (eg. Lee child, Lisa Scottoline). The story plot seemed interesting at first ( a war crimes investigator chasing down a famous music manuscript which had been hidden by the Nazi's and re-emerged in modern day Kosovo. It supp ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'idea è buona, ma non si è realizzata completamente. Trama un filino troppo complicata, che solo uno come Deaver riuscirebbe a gestirla al meglio, e in effetti i suoi capitoli spiccano sugli altri. Lettura comunque piacevole.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The premise for this book created a two-level thriller. First, award-winning writer Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first chapter of an international thriller, challenged 14 colleagues to continue the story a chapter at a time, and assumed the ultimate challenge himself of tying up all the loose ends in the final chapters. The complicated plot (details in the product description) winds around the globe with munificent mayhem and bountiful betrayals before settling in the Baltimore-Washington ar
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Finally had an opportunity to settle down and listen to THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT without interruption. The concept of having fifteen different writers collaborate on the creation of a single book is certainly an unconventional and unique undertaking. I personally would judge the results as a qualified success. There are so many twists and turns in the story, some relevant and some questionable, and so many different characters and story lines to follow (each author creates his/her own story within ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book, with 14 of its chapters written by 14 different authors without a predetermined plot, was an interesting attempt to do something new (newish?) and fun, but the result wasn't really up to the standards of a book worth buying. The book suffered from being 95% action and 5% character, not surprising since who wants to be the author that doesn't actually move the story forward. That wasn't the only flaw, though. Authors were not always careful in their reading of what came before, and det ...more
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