The Devil’s Violin by Art Johnson (Review by Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp)

 The Devils Violin

Title: The Devil’s Violin

Author: Art Johnson

Published Date: February 9th 2014

Genre: Mystery / Crime


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With his diverse background of art evaluation and Desert Storm duty, FBI Special Investigator Chris Clarke is ready for all comers. Only one fugitive haunts his thoughts: the notorious and ruthless assassin known only as “The Man in Black,” whose trail of contract killings had never led law enforcement to anything but a figure lurking in the shadows. One morning, “The Man in Black” is seen by witnesses in Cremona, Italy, in the area where a young violinist was found dead with his throat cut. Clarke and his partner head off to Europe to tack down the assassin while attempting to decode the mystery that lies behind the motive. Meanwhile, veteran sneak-thief Gus Edward Happy has been hired to fly to Europe and steal the most valuable violin in existence – the famed violin coveted by the Jimi Hendrix of the nineteenth century, Niccolo Paganini – thought to be in league with the devil because his genius was unexplainable in earthly terms. Through a tangled web involving Illuminati, secret documents in the possession of Paganini at his death, a master violin forger and his deceptive daughter, thieves, and assassins, Clarke faces the challenge of his career as he and his partner move across Italy to the South of France where pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place with the Devil’s Violin at center stage.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s Review***
This was a very interesting book for me to review. I went back and forth over my rating because parts of this book are amazingly though out. The plot, the twists, the ideas for example are simply quite amazing.Then there are a few flaws that in the end I decided irked me enough to drop the rating down to a four. I think the biggest problem is that the book is so short it all feels kind of rushed not allowing these fascinating characters to come to life in a way that a longer novel would give them the potential too. There is also the annoying insa-love connection which I personally felt was unnecessary.

That being said this author certainly has a great story idea in there and I think many people would enjoy it. An original, if slightly to short piece.

Over all 4 out 5 stars from me!



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