Shortlist year: 
2022
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Fomite

About the book

The Hands of Pianists by Stephen Downes, Fomite

A neurotic freelance writer aims to prove that pianos kill elite pianists. For decades, he has grappled with the guilt that followed an accident in which he severed his talented sister's fingers, ending her promising career at the keyboard. His investigations centre on the violent deaths at 31 of three great pianists, his detective work taking him from Melbourne to Geelong and Sydney, to the south of France, London, Sussex, and the Czech Republic.