Book Briefs: July/August 2013


Prolific concert pianist, teacher, and recording artist James Boyk has been Pianist in Residence for 30 years at the California Institute of Technology. He also spent 25 years in a second post as Lecturer in Music in Electrical Engineering at Caltech, integrating music, science and technology in his course, “Projects in Music & Science”.

Out of Tune Piano Blues is his first mystery novel, centring on a 30-year-old concert pianist, Arthur Singer, who’s facing burnout after 18 years of touring. Taking a break to perform and teach at a university, he expects some peace and quiet, but gets more than he bargained for when passion and homicide come into play.

Boyk compiled a CD, Tonalities of
, to accompany the book.


Out of Tune Piano Blues

by James Boyk

Performance Recordings (2011)

pp. 246



The definitive English source for a range of aspects of Austrian law, intended to introduce foreign readers to basic elements of the Austrian legal system that may be difficult to negotiate without complex German skills. Included is coverage on topics such as political history, Austria and the European Union, legal education and professions, courts, criminal procedure, the civil law tradition and the Austrian Civil Code.

The text also presents comparisons of the Austrian law and legal processes to those of other systems. Author Herbert Hausmaninger was appointed Professor of Law at the University of Vienna in 1968 and has taught and written extensively on the law codes of multiple countries.


The Austrian Legal System

by Herbert Hausmaninger

Manz’sche Verlags- und Universitäts-

buchhandlung GmbH, Wien (2003)

pp. 326


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