Chilling Scream Recorded on Classical Song Sets Off Fast-Paced Mystery Book

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Two-time Emmy-winning investigative documentary journalist Alan Austin successfully forays into fiction writing with his new psychological thriller, "The Adagio: A Mystery."

When amateur actor Jack Duncan hears a disconcerting scream on a classical music recording, he feels compelled to track down the source of the scream, and so begins his hellish odyssey in Alan Austin's captivating debut novel, "The Adagio: A Mystery" (ISBN 9780595434763, iUniverse, 2007).

"The Adagio" is set in the late-60s in Omaha, Neb., where Jack is in the midst of a steamy affair with his married costar, Louise Thompson. When her husband, Robert, finds out about their passionate liaison, he reacts in a most unusual way, inviting Jack over for dinner and giving him his prized recording of Samuel Barber's Adagio. While listening to the recording later at home, Jack is startled to hear a woman's piercing scream during the climatic chord, and becomes intrigued to trace its origin.

The ten-minute, classical string song is actually one of Austin's favorites, and was his original inspiration for the novel. "It begins softly then becomes more and more intense, finally reaching a series of chords so dense the music is almost overpowering in its beauty and intensity," Austin says of the song. "That's where the scream goes… if there ever was a scream."

Part of Jack's difficulty in tracing the haunting scream is that no one else will admit they can hear it, which creates an incredibly spooky puzzle for Jack to solve. However, Jack faces more immediate, physical problems when Louise and Robert are found dead, and Jack is suspected of murder. "The Adagio" takes readers on an action-packed, mind-bending ride as Jack flees law enforcement and takes his desperate search for the source of the scream to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

"The Adagio" is an intelligent and evocative read, with imagery so vivid, readers will feel as if they're right alongside Jack for every step of his spine-chilling journey. Jack knows that the only way to prove is innocence is to find the cause of the scream, but will he be able hide from the law long enough to unravel the secrets held in Carnegie Hall and solve the mystery of "The Adagio"?

About the Author
Alan Austin resides in Rogers, AK. He has produced, written and narrated nine documentaries for PBS, and his investigative documentaries for WCCO-Television in Minneapolis received two Emmys, a Colombia University-Dupont Silver Baton, a Sigma Delta Chi Public Service award, a Peabody and two IRE awards. His reporting from Vietnam, Cambodia and Northern Ireland was awarded a Columbia University-Dupont Silver Baton, two Sigma Delta Chi Public Service awards, a Peabody and two RTNDA "Edward R. Murrow" awards. "The Adagio" is his first novel and he is currently working on a sequel.

"The Adagio: A Mystery" (ISBN 9780595434763, iUniverse, 2007) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.alankaustin.com. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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