His novels include Devil's Trill and the newly released Danse Macabre.
Elias applied the Page 69 Test to Danse Macabre and reported the following:
Once again Page 69 contains information critical to understanding the entire book. Maybe in my next book I'll just write one page and call it 69 and call it a day. In Danse Macabre we have the first argument between super-amateur-sleuth, Daniel Jacobus, that irascible, blind, aging violin teacher; and BTower, the young, rebellious African American crossover artist, who has been convicted of brutally murdering the beloved virtuoso and BTower's former teacher, Rene Allard. Jacobus--who idolized Allard and who had testified against BTower at his trial--and BTower yell at each other, not bothering to listen to what the other is trying to say:Visit Gerald Elias' website.(BTower): "When I run up the stairs after him, it wasn't to apologize anymore. I wanted to tell him off. But I wasn't going to kill him."Over the course of the book, the slow evolution of this antagonistic relationship and the corresponding light that is gradually shed upon the victim, Allard--all the result of Jacobus's reluctant investigations--is the crucial dimension of Danse Macabre. If there is a moral to the story, it is that a person's true self is not always consistent with the way he or she is perceived by society--in fact, it's often quite the opposite.
(Jacobus): "Prove it."
"I'm not the one supposed to prove what I didn't do!"
"That argument certainly made for one helluva defense."
The Page 69 Test: Devil's Trill.
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