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Published by Simon &
Schuster, 14 September. ISBN 978-1-84983-816-0
a dramatic opening a Venetian fisherman finds the body of a girl floating in
the lagoon and almost immediately his boat is searched by the Germans - it is
1945. The War is nearing the end but the search is for a Jewish girl who
has escaped from capture though her family were all taken. The fisherman Cenzo
knows the lagoon like the back of his hand - he can tell where the different
fish can be caught and he can catch them by very different methods. The rescue
of the girl embroils him in a maelstrom of events involving the Fascists, the
German army, the S.S., the partisans and his own family.
lyrical passages Cenzo shows us the lagoon and all the pleasures of his fishing
life. Then he has to leave Venice for Salo where Mussolini, his
girlfriend, Claretta, and various henchmen are holed up. The German
forces are on the point of leaving Italy and Mussolini seems engaged in fruitless
journeys around the Italian Lakes. The picture of a confused group of
people trying to cope with a very fractured world carries great weight of
historical knowledge. The characters all come alive to the reader.
may seem like a slow-witted fisherman but he manages to survive all the strange
and dangerous encounters he has with men and women of all sides. His
rescue of Giulia completely changes his life.
is a romantic thriller from a master of the genre.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Cruz Smith has written many books, perhaps the best known is Gorky Park.
Martin Cruz Smith was
born in 1942 in Reading, Pennsylvania. His novels
include Tatiana, Gorky Park,
Stalin's Ghost, Wolves Eat Dogs, Polar Star and Stallion Gate. A two-time winner of
the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a
recipient of Britain's Golden Dagger Award, he lives in California.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a
constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my
door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now
lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.