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The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith (December 2016)

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith (December 2016)

Venice, 1945

The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich.  One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the Lagoon and discovers that she is still alive and in trouble.

Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS.  Rather than hand her over to the Nazis, Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia: an act of kindness that leads them into the world of partisans, random executions, Mussolini's broken promises and everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon.


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