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The sensational final thriller in the Carnivia Trilogy, from a Sunday Times bestseller.
He died in the darkness, surrounded by friends. They found him at sunrise, on Venice's most popular beach.
His throat had been cut, his tongue removed. Captain Kat Tapo suspects a Masonic murder. The brotherhood won't give up its secrets to a policewoman – but Kat won't give up the hunt. She'll use all the allies she has: friends, lovers, hackers, spies.
But shocking truths about the case are about to come to light. And when they do, it will be a race against time to unlock the secrets of Italy's past – before Venice itself starts to burn...
This is the third novel in a trilogy of stylish and intelligent thrillers set in Venice from Jonathan Holt who, under the name J.P. Delaney, is also the author of the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers THE GIRL BEFORE and BELIEVE ME.
Reviews for the Carnivia Trilogy:
'A genuinely thrilling thriller that is also an illuminating portrait of a particular world ... A terrific book' Literary Review.
'Tense and mind-bending' Daily Telegraph.
'Breathtaking ... A truly haunting glimpse into a mysterious shadow world' New York Times.
'Impressive ... The characters are strong and Venice is a magnificent backdrop for a story of secrets and lies' Daily Mail.
'A cracking, upmarket thriller ... A rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader' Saga Magazine.
British author Holt's masterly sequel to 2014's The Abduction concludes his Carnivia trilogy with a bang. Italian banker Alessandro Cassandre, whose unusual portfolio consisted of sophisticated credit default swaps and tax planning for charitable institutions, has been murdered in a manner suggesting Masonic ritual. The case falls to Venetian carabiniere Kat Tapo, who soon finds that her probing into the financier's affiliations isn't universally welcomed by her government colleagues. Meanwhile, Kat's close American friend, 2nd Lt. Holly Bolland, is determined to learn whether her father's connection with a notorious U.S. covert spy operation in Italy was the cause of his sudden illness. And genius Daniele Barbo, creator of the website Carnivia, who survived being kidnapped as a child in Italy, is preparing to relinquish his interest in Carnivia. Holt manages to make the risks posed by the growing movement toward smart devices intelligible and chilling, bringing all the pieces together plausibly and enabling newcomers to immediately identify with the multifaceted leads.