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Alibi

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The sort of book that is not truly compulsive but every time you put it down you are drawn back, wanting to know what happens next. It involves damaged people healing after their World War II experiences; a murder and the personal stresses within a relationship attempting to hide a dreadful secret. Guilt, revenge, love and morality are all intriguingly explored in a satisfying read.

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Synopsis

Alibi by Joseph Kanon

Adam Miller had had a long war, and when the US Army let him go he made his way to Venice where his mother was trying to recreate her pre-war life. Exhausted both in body and spirit the pace of the ancient city began to heal him, and when he met Claudia, an Italian Jewess, he was ripe for seduction. Claudia's war had been worse, and after Mussolini's downfall she was quickly betrayed to the SS. While she survived, her father didn't, and to her horror she discovers that the man who was responsible for them being sent to the camp is about to become her new lover's step-father.

In a violent confrontation Adam and Claudia are left needing to create an unbreakable alibi, which they do, but to uphold it Adam must establish what really happened to these people and in doing so exposes the ambiguity of morality in peace and in war, and has to grapple with the questions of what is good or evil, what is right or wrong, and does truth really matter?

Reviews

'Magnificent' Minette Walters

'Kanon writes for grown-ups, not for day-dreamers. That's why he is so good.' Allan Massie, Scotsman

'That rare thing - a thriller to stimulate heart & mind.' Mail

'A phenomenal third novel … a fantastic read.' S. Express

About the Author

Joseph Kanon was a publisher for many years, but turned poacher by becoming a novelist with his first, bestselling, thriller LOS ALAMOS, which was awarded the Edgar for the best first novel of 1997.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th July 2006

Author

Joseph Kanon

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
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Historical adventure

ISBN

9780751537260

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