13 September 2013

Forgotten Book: DEADLY SCORE, Paul Myers

My plan this year for my contributions to Friday's Forgotten Books hosted by Pattinase  is to feature books I read 20 years ago - in 1993- from the records I have in my "little green book", which I started in 1975.
In 1993 I read 111 books and was pretty well addicted to crime fiction by then.

I read DEADLY SCORE just on 20 years ago.
It was published in 1988, #5 in Myers' Mark Holland series.
There were 6 novels in the series, published over 5 years, and since then Myers appears to have disappeared off the fiction writing landscape. [I believe he is a Canadian musician and writer who was part of a band called the Gravelberrys, although this could be another Paul Myers.]

1. Deadly Variations (1985)
2. Deadly Cadenza (1986)
3. Deadly Aria (1987)
4. Deadly Sonata (1987)
5. Deadly Score (1988)
6. Deadly Crescendo (1989)

Synopsis (Reed Publishing)

Since 1976, former spy Mark Holland has been managing classical musicians on tour. Ten years later in Tokyo, another agent, shot and dying, entrusts him with a message and Mark suspects that the games being played by his former bosses and international competitors are dirtier than before. 

Conferring with former colleagues in America and England, Holland intuits a sordid conspiracy in the making. He has no facts, however, as he leaves for Berlin to confer with a client, the renowned conductor Konstantin Steigel. Hoping to secretly buy recently discovered Gustave Mahler scores, Steigel asks Holland to handle the deal in East Berlin. Tense events reach a horrifying climax, with Holland seized and tortured, released only after an "arrangement" between British and Soviet agencies. 

He is traveling again, out to settle the "deadly score," as the author, a classical record producer, ends the story on a note of quivering suspense.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kerrie - Oh, a mix of music and mystery. Sounds like my kind of story. This is a series I ought to get to know.


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