A game of cross and double-cross in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities on earth.
From his office on the Street of the Assassins, Nathan Sutherland enjoys a steady but unexciting life translating Italian DIY manuals. All this changes dramatically when he is offered a large sum of money to look after a small package containing an extremely valuable antique prayer book illustrated by a Venetian master. But is it a stolen masterpiece - or a brilliant fake?
Unknown to Nathan, from a vast mansion on the Grand Canal twin brothers Domenico and Arcangelo Moro, motivated by nothing more than mutual hatred, have been playing out a complex game of art theft for 20 years. And now Nathan finds himself unwittingly drawn into their deadly business....
Vengeance in Venice, the second book in Philip Gwynne Jones' sensational Venice series, is available now"
"Superb - always gripping, beautifully constructed and vivid." (Stephen Glover)
"It is no surprise to find that Philip Gwynne Jones lives in Venice...art and architecture interweave into a story that builds to an almost surreal climax." (Daily Mail)
"Sinister and shimmering, The Venetian Game is as haunting and darkly elegant as Venice itself." (L. S. Hilton, best-selling author of Maestra)
Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Venetian Game
- Pierre Gauthier
This thriller’s interest lies wholly in the fact that it is set in Venice.
Indeed, the characters are rather flat, the plot is convoluted and unrealistic, the finale is worthy of a run of the mill television show, etc.
The descriptions of Venice cover spots visited by a tourist on his third or fourth trip there: the Accademia Bridge, the Giudecca, campo San Stefano, the spire of San Giorgio Maggiore, the churches of San Nicolo and of the Madonna dell’Orto, etc. They lack the depth that a native Venetian would provide.
It does not help that in the audio version, the narrator does not know basic Italian and, for example, pronounces " vecchio '' as '' veshio ''!
Potential readers will be much better served with a novel by Donna Leon, who though she is not herself Italian, masters a much better grasp of Venice and its current woes.