Ray McMillan loves playing classical music on his great-grandfather’s violin. There have been many obstacles to his pursuit of a professional music career. His mother thinks he is wasting his time and should get a “real job” at a local fast-food restaurant. As a Black Classical musician, he has had to fight racism from the Classical music community as well as the Black community that thinks he shouldn’t be playing Classical music.
Ray is an exceptional violinist and has entered the Tchaikovsky Competition – the Olympics of Classical Music. The evening before the competition his heirloom violin is stolen. The violin, which was given to Ray’s great-grandfather by the man who owned his family, turns out to be a priceless Stradivarius.
As the pressure from the competition mounts, Ray is determined to get his violin back. Unfortunately, some of his family members as well as the descendants of the slave owner are both claiming the violin belongs to them.
Will Ray find the violin in time to play in the competition? Who stole the violin and why? To find out the answers to these questions, you will need to read The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocum.
The book releases on February 1, 2022. You can pre-order it at Amazon or your local independent bookstore.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGally in exchange for my honest review.
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