A Novel

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed in Canada by H.B. Fenn, 2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805078862
Characteristics: 405 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jul 26, 2018

Good beginning and a very good ending but boy, is there a lot to get through in the middle. Some of it is important to the story but much of it seems like sub plots that are just filler.
Still it is an interesting situation, after an occupation during a war who cooperated with the occupying army and who resisted and what happens now?
It is still a satisfactory read even if it could have used a better editor.

Mar 10, 2018

I like Kanon a lot, but found this book tedious, slow moving and frustrating. The main character is both implausible and annoying, the scenarios are artificial and contrived... All in all, didn't like this one much. I know others have a different opinion, but I forced myself to finish this book, and then was mad at myself for having wasted the time.

Jul 24, 2017

Not at all what I anticipated. Many twists and turns. Very interesting characters with interesting back stories. Lots going on and some suspense. New author to me, so I am ready to explore other work by him. Very happy I listened to the reviews!

Aug 29, 2012

This was my second book by Joseph Kanon - I really enjoy his books. A very good read.

Jan 06, 2010

Kanon's books are always excellent and this is no exception. Takes place right after WWII (as do most of his) -- this time in Vienna. It's hard to sympathize with the main protagonist though -- I kept wanting him to make better choices.

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