Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, by Wesley Stace
Picador Paperback Original (February 2011)
Giveaway Open from February 18th through February 25th, 2011 (5:00 pm PST)
I am pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner my unread Advance Readers Edition of Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. I recently read and enjoyed this intriguing novel (read my review), and because the publisher sent me two copies of it, I decided to share the love with a reader of my blog.
Synopsis of the Book (from the Author’s Website):
England, 1923. A gentleman critic named Leslie Shepherd tells the macabre story of a gifted young composer, Charles Jessold. On the eve of his revolutionary new opera’s premiere, Jessold murders his wife and her lover, and then commits suicide in a scenario that strangely echoes the plot of his opera—which Shepherd has helped to write. The opera will never be performed.
Shepherd first shares his police testimony, then recalls his relationship with Jessold in his role as critic, biographer and friend. And with each retelling of the story, significant new details cast light on the identity of the real victim in Jessold’s tragedy.
This ambitiously intricate novel is set against a turbulent moment in music history, when atonal sounds first reverberated through the concert halls of Europe, just as the continent readied itself for war. What if Jessold’s opera was a betrayal not only of Shepherd but of England as well?
Wesley Stace has crafted a dazzling story of counter-melodies and counter-narratives that will keep you guessing to the end.
Read more about the book, listen to the author read from the book, and listen to composer Daniel Felsenfeld’s envisioning of Charles Jessold’s music on this page of the author’s website.
About the Author:
Wesley Stace has published two previous novels: Misfortune AND by George. He is also a musician who has released fifteen albums under the name of John Wesley Harding. He currently lives in Philadelphia.
ENTER TO WIN:
- Contest is open world-wide (internationally).
- Leave a comment on this post no later than February 25th at 5:00 pm PST. In your comment tell me about why you enjoy reading either/or historical fiction, literary fiction, or mysteries. One entry per person, please.
- I will randomly draw ONE person’s name and announce the winner on February 26th here on my blog (I will also send the winner an email which they must respond to within five days with their snail mail – if I get no response within five days, I’ll pick another winner).