By Joseph Kanon
From the author of Leaving Berlin, a riveting tale of love, revenge and murder set in post-war Venice
The year is 1946. A stunned Europe is beginning its slow recovery from the ravages of World War II. Adam Miller has come to Venice to visit his widowed mother and forget the horrors he witnessed as a US Army war crimes investigator in Germany. But when Adam falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during the war, he is forced to confront a Venice haunted by atrocities it would rather forget.
Beneath the dream-like façade he discovers a city in which everyone was compromised by occupation, not least Gianni Maglione, the suave and enigmatic Venetian who is both his mother's new suitor and the man responsible for much of Claudia's suffering. When the troubled past erupts in violent murder, Adam finds himself at the centre of a torturous web in which the most valuable thing is not a stone-cold alibi, but the truth itself.
The truth will out in this fantastic mystery from the author of Leaving Berlin and The Good German.
Joseph Kanon is the author of Los Alamos (winner of the Edgar Award), The Prodigal Spy and The Good German. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a publishing executive. He lives in New York City.
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05 Apr 2007
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