Alibi: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 12, 2005 - Fiction - 405 pages
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From the bestselling author of Los Alamos and The Good German comes a riveting tale of love, revenge and murder set in postwar Venice

It is 1946, and a stunned Europe is beginning its slow recovery from the ravages of World War II. Adam Miller has come to Venice to visit his widowed mother and try to forget the horrors he has witnessed as a U.S. Army war crimes investigator in Germany. Nothing has changed in Venice-not the beautiful palazzi, not the violins at Florian's, not the shifting water that makes the city, untouched by bombs, still seem a dream.

But when Adam falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during the war, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, he discovers, has been compromised by the Occupation-the international set drinking at Harry's, the police who kept order for the Germans, and most of all Gianni Maglione, the suave and enigmatic Venetian who happens to be his mother's new suitor. And when, finally, the troubled past erupts in violent murder, Adam finds himself at the center of a web of deception, intrigue, and unexpected moral dilemmas. When is murder acceptable? What are the limits of guilt? How much is someone willing to pay for a perfect alibi?

Using the piazzas and canals of Venice as an enthralling but sinister backdrop, Joseph Kanon has again written a gripping historical thriller. Alibi is at once a murder mystery, a love story, and a superbly crafted novel about the nature of moral responsibility.
 

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User Review  - agingcow2345 - LibraryThing

This is a case of the whole being more than the sum of the parts. The two main characters are frequently unbelievable to the point of being archetypes. The two main plot twists are so silly as to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Venice—just after WWII—full of charm and romance, secrets and lies.Adam Miller, newly discharged from the U.S. Army, joins his mother, newly arrived in Venice. She's taken a house on the Grand Canal ... Read full review

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Contents

A NOVEL CHAPTER ONE
1
A NOVEL CHAPTER TWO
30
A NOVEL CHAPTER THREE
57
A NOVEL CHAPTER FOUR
71
A NOVEL CHAPTER FIVE
94
A NOVEL CHAPTER SIX
113
A NOVEL CHAPTER SEVEN
133
A NOVEL CHAPTER EIGHT
157
A NOVEL CHAPTER TWELVE
230
A NOVEL CHAPTER THIRTEEN
256
A NOVEL CHAPTER FOURTEEN
278
A NOVEL CHAPTER FIFTEEN
289
A NOVEL CHAPTER SIXTEEN
306
A NOVEL CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
340
A NOVEL CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
355
A NOVEL CHAPTER NINETEEN
372

A NOVEL CHAPTER NINE
187
A NOVEL CHAPTER TEN
202
A NOVEL CHAPTER ELEVEN
218
A NOVEL CHAPTER TWENTY
389
A NOVEL ABOUT THE AUTHOR
406
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About the author (2005)

Joseph Kanon is the author of three novels, The Good German, Los Alamos, and The Prodigal Spy. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

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