Maestro by John Gardner

Author: John Gardner

Category: Popular Fiction

Regular price: $2.99

Deal price: $0.99

Deal starts: November 18, 2023

Deal ends: November 18, 2023


A stirring epic tracing the career of a man whose deceits, tragedies and betrayals mirror the greatest conflicts of our turbulent century…America’s greatest living orchestra conductor, Louis Passau, is ninety.Still sound in mind and body, he prepares to commemorate this milestone at a concert at New York’s Lincoln Center. But scandal threatens to spoil Passau’s celebration when he is accused of having spied for Hitler and of aiding clandestine KGB operations in the United States during the Cold War.Western intelligence services have come to an arrangement with the Maestro: he may conduct the concert, but he is to be interrogated immediately afterward by SIS agent Herbie Kruger. When the concert ends, an attempt is made on Passau’s life and Herbie takes the Maestro into hiding. There Kruger listens to the extraordinary confession of this fatally flawed man—brilliant on the podium, charming in public, foul-mouthed and streetwise in private—a man whose deceits, successes and often tragic loves are as improbable as they are enthralling. It becomes more and more difficult to separate truth from fiction, it also becomes nearly impossible to determine who the Maestro actually is—the musician, Passau, or his interrogator, Kruger. Praise for John Gardner:'A master storyteller' — bestselling author Len Deighton'John Gardner is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most talented thriller writers' — The Evening News'Gardner writes with authenticity... He is one of the best writers of espionage fiction' — Booklist Read more