The Abomination (Carnivia #1)

Author(s): Jonathan Holt

Crime - Thriller

It is midnight on the feast day of La Befana, and Venice is celebrating. Masked figures crowd the vaporettos, fireworks burst over the tower of St. Mark, and every trattoria hums with grappa-soaked gossip. But on the steps of Santa Maria, there is a deathly hush. A body has washed up from the Grand Canal: a woman, wearing the robes of a Catholic priest - a desecration known in the Catholic Church as an Abomination.This is Captain Katerina Tapo's first murder case, an investigation with sinister roots in post Cold War Italy that will test loyalties Kat did not know she had as she travels through the labyrinthine backstreets of Venice, to an abandoned asylum on the uninhabited island of Poveglia, via Carnivia.com, a dark replica of Venice where friend and foe alike reside in total anonymity...


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'The characters are strong, Venice is a magnificent backdrop and it has an arresting opening ... impressive' Daily Mail. 'Jonathan Holt blasts on to the thriller scene with a high voltage, all bets are off, cracker' Crimesquad. 'AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!! ... If you are a fan of Dan Brown this is certainly for you ... to say it's a page turner is an understatement! The only problem now is waiting for the next book in the trilogy!' Sam Lewis for Lovereading.co.uk. '[A] diverting debut ... Holt captures the allure of Venice and its creative cyber-counterpart, and creates two forceful [...] protagonists in Kat and Holly. The author gets carried away by throwing mystery on top of mystery, but, well, that's part of the fun' Publishers Weekly. 'It's rare to find a genuinely thrilling thriller that is also an illuminating portrait of a particular world, with characters as believable as any real-life acquaintance. The Abomination is a terrific book by any standard; as a first novel it is outstanding' Literary Review. 'This cracking upmarket thriller is the first in a trilogy ... a stonking conspiracy ... I loved the way this writer doesn't take his readers for fools; a rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader' Saga magazine.

Jonathan Holt read English at Oxford, and is now the creative director of an advertising agency. He has travelled widely in Italy, where he fell in love with its language, food and people. He lives in London.

General Fields

  • : 9781781853696
  • : harper collins
  • : harper collins
  • : August 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jonathan Holt
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 400