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The Boatman


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The sensational debut thriller in the internationally bestselling Carnivia Trilogy, from the same author as the Sunday Times Bestseller, The Girl Before.

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Jonathan Holt is the internationally bestselling author of The Carnivia Trilogy. He also writes psychological thrillers under the name J.P. Delaney. His novels The Girl Before and Believe Me have both been top-ten Sunday Times bestsellers and been published all over the world.


'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
'[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.
'A genuinely thrilling thriller ... A terrific book by any standard ... Outstanding' Literary Review.
'A cracking, upmarket thriller ... A rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader' Saga Magazine.

At the start of British author Holt's diverting debut, Katerina Tapo, an officer in the Carabinieri, races to a crime scene in the heart of Venice. High tide has washed a body with two bullet wounds in the head onto the steps of a landmark church. It's Kat's first murder case-a case complicated by the discovery that the victim is female and dressed in the garb of a Catholic priest. Meanwhile, at a nearby American military base, 2nd Lt. Holly Boland's search for missing documents sets her on the scent of a mystery that compels the two women to team up. Clues to their questions are hidden at, a beguiling cyber-Venice created by a rich hacker for an unknown purpose. Holt captures the allure of Venice and its creative cyber-counterpart, and creates two forceful if bland 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. Agent: Caradoc King, A.P. Watt (U.K.). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

This beautifully complicated thriller, the first of a trilogy that is set primarily in Venice (both the real city and a perfect 3-D virtual re-creation), follows three protagonists as they investigate the murders of a woman dressed in priest's vestments and of another who had made a Freedom of Information request at a military base in Italy. Carabiniere captain Kat Tapo follows clues that lead first to a deserted island near Venice, once a cemetery and later the site of an asylum, where mysterious symbols match the tattoos found on the woman priest, and then to a website,, where identities are hidden behind carnival masks. Holly Boland, a U.S. Army second lieutenant, unearths possible NATO involvement in illegal activities that stoked the wars in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. And Daniele Barbo, a brilliant but mentally unsettled hacker, enters the world he created, impenetrably anonymous, in an attempt to save himself and help the two women as they face attempts to silence them forever. VERDICT A brilliant blend of fascinating story lines, serious issues, impeccable research, gripping intrigue, and engaging characters, Holt's debut is eminently satisfying from start to finish. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy intelligent thrillers (think Joseph Kanon). [See Prepub Alert, 12/13/12.]-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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