The Girl From Venice
|Author:||Martin Cruz Smith|
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.
The Girl from Venice is a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery and danger of occupied Venice.
'Brilliantly worked, marvellously written . . . an imaginative triumph' -- Sunday Times 'Brilliant...enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind' -- The New Yorker 'Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary' -- Guardian 'The story drips with atmosphere and authenticity - a literary triumph' -- David Young, bestselling author of 'Stasi Child' `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 `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' 'One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe' -- Val McDermid 'Smith can make tension rise through the page like a shark's fin' -- Independent
Martin Cruz Smith is the bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the Arkady Renko thrillers: Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, Wolves Eat Dogs, Stalin's Ghost and Three Stations. A recipient of the CWA Gold Dagger award for fiction in the UK, he is also two-time winner of the Hammett Prize in the United States. He lives in northern California with his wife and three children.