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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  • Language:English
  • Series title:An Aldo Branch Mystery
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:231
  • eBook ISBN:9781618425010

Four-Part Dissonance

by Edward Doughtie

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Aldo Branch, a Houston detective and amateur violist, confronts the murder of the Kyoto String Quartet and the theft of their Stradivarius instruments. His investigation leads him to a kidnapping and a right-wing terrorist plot, as well as to a romantic entanglement.
Aldo Branch is a homicide detective in Houston, and also an amateur musician who loves playing viola in string quartets. He is called to a Houston park where the members of the Kyoto Quartet have been found murdered and their Stradivarius instruments stolen. Branch and his partner, Chat (for Chatahoochee) Jackson, begin by interviewing the Houston elites who had attended the post-concert party at the home of billionaire oilman Clint Mattingly. Celia Hargrove, an insurance investigator, soon joins them. Branch is attracted to her, though he is still obsessed by a pianist named Allegra, who has married a possible suspect. Branch’s own quartet consists of a physician, an engineer, and a physicist, who sometimes give him information helpful to his case. Also involved is a right-wing group interested in something other than the Strads.
About the author
A former professor of English at Rice University in Houston, I have published academic books and articles, plus six short stories in literary magazines. I am an amateur violist and violinist. My wife and I live in Vermont.