Miller was a U.S. Army war crimes investigator in post war
Germany. His mother, a widow, decided to reside in
Venice. At first she went to Paris looking for something to
remind her of the past. However, it didn't take long for her
to discover that things were very much different after the
war. She believed Venice, on the other hand, would look the
same and it would bring back memories of her father.
Adam's mother wanted her son to visit in Venice. She
told him how awful things looked when she watched the
newsreels. Adam agreed. Camps were full of corpses and
children were eating from garbage cans. All these terrible
memories left Adam with several sleepless nights.
mother meets an old friend, Gianni Maglione. Adam is very
suspicious of Gianni. He fears the only interest Gianni has in
his mother happens to be his attraction to her money.
Adam is not happy with the way things are going. In
fact, he is depressed most of the time. However, things start
to turn around when he meets Claudia Grassini. She is a Jewish
woman who agonizes over her devastating experiences during the
war. Adam soon realizes he is in love with Claudia. Claudia is a complex woman who spent time in a Fossoli
concentration camp. She was left with a deep guilt feeling as
to why she survived and others did not.
As time goes
on and Adam's suspicions of Gianni Maglione start to grow, he
conducts an investigation. What does Adam discover?
This book is
an exciting historical thriller. The author does an excellent
job of setting the background for this novel with his introduction
of how the war did not change Venice. Joseph Kanon has a very
descriptive and detailed writing style that makes you feel you are
right there in Venice and part of the story. What makes
this book an excellent read is the cast of characters especially
Claudia who is very complex. If you are looking for a good read
this book is a must. Alibi is not only a historical thriller -
it is also a murder mystery and a romantic novel all rolled into
one. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY
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