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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751537268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751537260
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A riveting tale of love, revenge and murder set in post-war Venice

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 25 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
Set in the 1940s, this historical murder/romance sits like a teabag of intrigue steeping in the murky canals of Venice, and shows that beneath exterior appearances, no one is whom they seem to be.
Grace Miller is an American widow living the high life in Venice, where her son Adam joins her after completing his stint in the army. (He was previously a part of the team investigating war criminals.) When he learns that his mother has taken up with an old friend Dr. Gianni Maglione, he forms his own opinions on the romance, and his worst fears come to light when he meets a young Jewish woman, Claudia Grassini, who publicly denounces the high society Romeo as a fiend who condemned her father to death.
Kanon lavishly describes the shallow opulence of the upper class, with their glittering balls, exotic foods and wine, yet balances it brilliantly with the undercurrents of society and dirty secrets of the principal characters. With the passionate romance between Adam and Claudia as a catalyst, the story reaches its peak with a brutal murder, and then lazily meanders through the subsequent lies, cover-ups and deceptions, until building to a deadly but understated climax.
A bit on the long side, but a good, albeit sordid tale.
Crime and Punishment
Adam and Claudia hide
The truth under wraps
Amanda Richards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2010
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Where some authors establish the foundations of a series by character, environment, period, and then construct fresh plots around them, Joseph Kanon has the remarkable skill to make each novel new and unique. Los Alamos takes the reader to New Mexico, scene of the Manhattan Project. The Prodigal Spy is espionage in McCarthyite America and Iron Curtain Prague. The Good German recreates occupied Berlin at the end of World War II. Alibi also reaches back to 1946 and the ambiguity and unease of the immediate post-war period - but now we are in Venice.

This is tangible, almost visible Venice, city of beautiful facades and dark byways. Grace Miller, an American widow, is revisiting memories of a happier Venetian stay, Harry's Bar, the Gritti Palace, cocktails and parties in the thirties, dancing to Cole Porter tunes. Many of her old cronies remain; they introduce her to Doctor Maglione a wealthy widower. A marriage is in prospect. The idyll is disrupted by the arrival of Grace's son, Adam, recently released from his role as an army investigator in de-Nazifying Germany. Adam meets, and falls in love with, a Jewish girl, Claudia. Soon the prospects of well-adjusted happiness are disrupted. Doctor Maglione may not be all he appears. Bertie, the urbane lotus-eating Irishman, disseminates gossip but seeks to allay concern. The policeman, Inspector Cavallini, is relaxed but has a murder to investigate. Where in all this are Adam and Claudia placed? Centrally, it transpires.

Joseph Kanon peels away layer after layer of a dark and troubling tale that doesn't quite end with the final page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Rogers on 28 Jun. 2012
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I have read and enjoyed both Los Alamos and The good german but surprisingly found Alibi disappointing. While the author's writing is up the same high standard as in his previous books the storyline, especially in the second half of the book, became increasingly convoluted and, as a result, unrealistic. The book comes accross as one with a good initial storyline but where the author trys to be too clever by far in the plot twists and as a result devalues the overall effort.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2006
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Setting this novel in Venice immediately after World War II, Joseph Kanon creates a stimulating mystery that turns the city itself into a major character. Venice, unlike other areas of Italy, has not been damaged physically by the war, and life is returning to normal. The political atmosphere, however, remains turbulent. Aristocrats, businessmen, and politicians who cooperated with the fascists and Germans are still in power. Partisans who fought the fascists and Germans regard many of these people as traitors and want justice. The Communists are making inroads into society with their promises of reform.
Into this milieu comes Grace Miller, an American widow, and her son Adam, just released from the US Army as part of a de-Nazification team in Frankfurt. Grace is about to marry Gianni Maglione, a Venetian doctor, and Adam wonders about Gianni's past. Soon Adam meets Claudia Grassini, a young Jewish woman who survived internment in Fossoli, and they begin a passionate affair. When Claudia is introduced to Gianni at a party, however, she recognizes him immediately, telling Adam that Gianni betrayed her very sick father to security forces rounding up Jews.
Using his past army connections to get further information about Gianni, Adam investigates, but violence soon changes the focus of his energies, and the nightmare involving Adam, his family, and Claudia intensifies. Adam's extreme introspection as he helps the police investigate broadens the scope and focuses attention on important themes of crime and justice, and Claudia's vulnerability as a result of the Holocaust gives added poignancy to her similar self-examinations.
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