The King of Ragtime
A Scott Joplin Mystery by Larry Karp
Synopsis (from the publisher): It's 1916 and time is running out for Scott Joplin. He's written a new musical drama and his young piano student, Martin Niederhoffer convinces him to try to get it published and produced by Irving Berlin.
The next day, Niederhoffer finds Joplin in Berlin's office, crouched over the blood-soaked body of a young man. He hustles his teacher away, but they are seen leaving the building.
Then Berlin denies receiving Joplin's play, Niederhoffer breaks cover and hires a hit man, and Niederhoffer's girlfriend, Birdie, is kidnapped.
Can Joplin's original publisher John Stark and his daughter Nell clear the musician of charges?
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The King of Ragtime by Larry Karp — A Scott Joplin Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: October 2008
List Price: $24.95