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The Girl from Venice

by Martin Cruz Smith

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Neglecting his favourite character Russian investigator Arkady Renko, of GORKY PARK and other novels fame, Cruz Smith offers us a bittersweet thriller romance set in Venice and the notorious Republic of Salo during the dying days of WW2 in Europe. A local Venice fisherman still smarting from the painful memories of his young wife having left him for his own brother, an actor much loved by the fascist regime, comes across a beautiful girl who initially appears to have drowned in the lagoon. But Giulia survives and turns out to be the scion of a wealthy Jewish family who is the only one to know the name of a notorious traitor and she is being hunted down by the remaining German occupying forces as well as the fascists. Thrown together, their adventure will take them to Salo, with a colourful cast of characters including Mussolini's own mistress and a louche demi monde of diplomats, forgers, schemers and divided partisans all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the American forces. Fluid, gently romantic and expansive storytelling. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Girl from Venice Synopsis

A World War II love story set against the romance and danger of occupied Venice. Cenzo is a world-weary fisherman, determined to sit out the rest of the war. He's happy to stay out of the way of the SS, quietly going about his business of fishing in the lagoons of northern Italy. Then one night, instead of pulling in his usual haul, Cenzo fishes a young woman out of the canal. Guilia is an Italian Jew who has managed to escape capture and is determined to find her family. This meeting results in them both taking an entirely unexpected journey, and Cenzo suddenly finds himself thrown headlong into the world of international wartime politics, where everyone has their own agenda and nowhere is safe...

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The Girl from Venice Press Reviews

'Smith can make tension rise through the page like a shark's fin'  Independent

'One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe'  Val McDermid

'Cleverly and intelligently told, The Girl from Venice is a truly riveting tale of love, mystery and rampant danger. I loved it'  Kate Furnivall, author of 'The Liberation'

'Smith not only constructs grittily realistic plots, he also has a gift for characterisation of which most thriller writers can only dream'   Mail on Sunday  

'The story drips with atmosphere and authenticity - a literary triumph'  David Young, bestselling author of 'Stasi Child'

'Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary'
Guardian

'Brilliant...enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind'  The New Yorker

'Brilliantly worked, marvellously written ... an imaginative triumph'   Sunday Times

'A wonderful surprise of a novel. A thriller set in the last days of Mussolini's Italy but also a quirky romance - the two held together by a warm, dry humour that keeps the pages turning. I loved it'  William Ryan, author of 'The Constant Soldier'

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781849838146
Publication date: 3rd November 2016
Author: Martin Cruz Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Martin Cruz Smith

Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Polar Star, Red Square, Rose, Havana Bay and Stalin’s Ghost. A recipient of the CWA Gold Dagger for fiction in the UK, he is also two-time winner of the Hammett Prize in the United States. He lives with his wife and children in northern California. 

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