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Awards

Winner of the Hammett Prize

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

It is 1946, and 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. But when he falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during World War II, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, including his mother's suave new Venetian suitor, has been compromised by the occupation, and 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?

Alibi is at once a murder mystery, a love story, and a superbly crafted novel about the nature of moral responsibility.

Review:

"It's late 1945 at the start of this atmospheric historical thriller, and G.I. Adam Miller, officially assigned to ferret out Nazi war criminals in Germany, joins his widowed mother, Grace, who has recently arrived in Venice from New York to resume her life as a wealthy American expatriate. Together, they flow into the social eddies of the upper class, determined to pick up where they left off in 1939. Grace has met an old flame, Gianni Maglione, a distinguished doctor whom Adam suspects of gold-digging. Meanwhile, Adam himself meets Jewish Claudia Grassini, who survived the Nazi pogroms by becoming the mistress of a powerful Italian Fascist. The novel's languid pace picks up when Claudia meets Maglione, whom she accuses not only of being a Nazi collaborator but also of having condemned her own father to Auschwitz. Further complications arise with the appearance of Rosa, an Italian operative and former partisan. Kanon (The Good German, etc.) keeps his complex plot involving murder, elaborate alibis, false accusations and a web of secrets spinning back to the war on track, although the various entanglements aren't always neatly unraveled. Adam and Claudia's love affair provides the requisite romance, but there's no sense that they find much to like in one another. More interesting is Kanon's portrait of a pathetic and hopelessly naive group of wealthy people out of touch with the postwar world's reality." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Burrowing deeply into Patricia Highsmith territory, Kanon has crafted an absorbing tale....[Kanon] is frequently compared to the likes of John le Carré and Graham Greene. With Alibi, he shows that he's up to the comparison." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Kanon's richest, most full-blooded work to date....[He] has mastered the art of the historical thriller." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"If you want to explore life, love, death, beauty, and moral confusion...you won't do much better than this." The Washington Post

Review:

"Kanon juxtaposes a powerful love story and a gripping thriller against a palpable historical moment....The novel holds us completely, with its vision of a sadly inadequate hero striking deep at our worst fears about ourselves." Booklist

Synopsis:

 
Winner of the Hammett Prize
 
It is 1946, and 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. But when he falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during World War II, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, including his mother's suave new Venetian suitor, has been compromised by the occupation, and 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?

 

Alibi is at once a murder mystery, a love story, and a superbly crafted novel about the nature of moral responsibility.

Synopsis:

A riveting tale of love, revenge, and murder by the author of "Los Alamos" and "The Good German." As Europe slowly begins to recover from the ravages of the Second World War, a young American comes to Venice, where he falls in love with a Jewish woman haunted by her own devastating experiences from the war.

About the Author

Kanon, ran Houghton Mifflin's Trade and Reference Division from 1988-1995. Previously, he held executive and editorial positions at E.P. Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, and Little, Brown.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312425906
Author:
Kanon, Joseph
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.4 x 1 in

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Product details 416 pages Picador USA - English 9780312425906 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's late 1945 at the start of this atmospheric historical thriller, and G.I. Adam Miller, officially assigned to ferret out Nazi war criminals in Germany, joins his widowed mother, Grace, who has recently arrived in Venice from New York to resume her life as a wealthy American expatriate. Together, they flow into the social eddies of the upper class, determined to pick up where they left off in 1939. Grace has met an old flame, Gianni Maglione, a distinguished doctor whom Adam suspects of gold-digging. Meanwhile, Adam himself meets Jewish Claudia Grassini, who survived the Nazi pogroms by becoming the mistress of a powerful Italian Fascist. The novel's languid pace picks up when Claudia meets Maglione, whom she accuses not only of being a Nazi collaborator but also of having condemned her own father to Auschwitz. Further complications arise with the appearance of Rosa, an Italian operative and former partisan. Kanon (The Good German, etc.) keeps his complex plot involving murder, elaborate alibis, false accusations and a web of secrets spinning back to the war on track, although the various entanglements aren't always neatly unraveled. Adam and Claudia's love affair provides the requisite romance, but there's no sense that they find much to like in one another. More interesting is Kanon's portrait of a pathetic and hopelessly naive group of wealthy people out of touch with the postwar world's reality." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Burrowing deeply into Patricia Highsmith territory, Kanon has crafted an absorbing tale....[Kanon] is frequently compared to the likes of John le Carré and Graham Greene. With Alibi, he shows that he's up to the comparison."
"Review" by , "Kanon's richest, most full-blooded work to date....[He] has mastered the art of the historical thriller."
"Review" by , "If you want to explore life, love, death, beauty, and moral confusion...you won't do much better than this."
"Review" by , "Kanon juxtaposes a powerful love story and a gripping thriller against a palpable historical moment....The novel holds us completely, with its vision of a sadly inadequate hero striking deep at our worst fears about ourselves."
"Synopsis" by ,
 
Winner of the Hammett Prize
 
It is 1946, and 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. But when he falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during World War II, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, including his mother's suave new Venetian suitor, has been compromised by the occupation, and 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?

 

Alibi is at once a murder mystery, a love story, and a superbly crafted novel about the nature of moral responsibility.

"Synopsis" by , A riveting tale of love, revenge, and murder by the author of "Los Alamos" and "The Good German." As Europe slowly begins to recover from the ravages of the Second World War, a young American comes to Venice, where he falls in love with a Jewish woman haunted by her own devastating experiences from the war.
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