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The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
  

The Girl From Venice

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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

If you like Martin Cruz Smith you might also like to read books by Robert Harris, Philip Kerr and Dan Fesperman.

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The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

From the internationally bestselling author of Gorky Park comes a suspenseful World War II story set against the beauty, mystery and danger of occupied Venice.Venice, 1945. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo finds a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia - an act of kindness that leads them into the world of Partisans, Mussolini's broken promises, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon...

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'

About the Author

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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Publication date

7th September 2017

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Martin Cruz Smith

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781849838160