Perserverance Press/John Daniels & Co.
Date: March 2004
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Fugue in Hell’s Kitchen
By Hal Glatzer
Katy Green is tired of out-of-town gigs. She returns to New York
to try to crash the classical scene. The time is 1939. She pounds
the pavement looking for work, which is difficult to find in the
long-hair scene. Her cellist friend, Amalia Chen, asks Katy's help
in finding a priceless Paganini quartet manuscript. It was stolen
from Amalia's cello case after a performance at the prestigious
Meyer Conservatory where she serves on the faculty. When the Conservatory's
dean, Iris Meyers, meets an untimely death, Katy determines to find
the cause of her death. The police aren't sure if it is natural
or if it is murder. Iris is succeeded as dean by her egghead brother
Joseph, who lacks administrative ability, thus leaving the future
of the school in doubt.
the manuscript is returned, it is found to be a forgery. Amalia
is arrested for allegedly stealing the manuscript. To prove Amalia's
innocence and to find the real culprit Katy searches from Chinatown
to Hell's Kitchen to the New York music scene.
is a story of New York in the 30's with nostalgic glimpses of Hell's
Kitchen and its gangs, Chinatown, the Ninth Avenue El, and nickel
phone calls. There is a view of racial tensions in the U.S which
is on the brink of war, with some characters being threatened with
deportation because of their race. The array of suspects is colorful,
ranging from residents of Chinatown to the gangs in Hell's Kitchen.
There is plenty of action, lots of breezy dialogue, and an enterprising
protagonist in the person of Katy. The reader is taken on a trip
into the past before subways and sky scrapers. An enjoyable easy