FROM THE BOOK JACKET: A noble family, a legendary painting, a cursed palazzo. The new Venetian mystery from master storyteller David Hewson.
When Arnold Clover is recruited by Lizzie Hawker to help her look into her family inheritance, he cannot begin to guess the journey he is about to embark on.
Lizzie's mother, an Italian countess, disappeared thirty years ago, presumed dead. Her father, a famous, some say infamous, music promoter, has just died and now the family home 'Ca' Scacchi,' a leaning palazzo in Dorsoduro, has fallen to her. When her mother vanished so too did a priceless painting, supposedly an erotic portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, which has captivated men for generations.
When a body is discovered in a hidden crypt beneath the checkerboard courtyard of the palazzo, other secrets are unearthed with it. Lying with the body is a document, a story of an episode in Casanova's colourful life, and within it a set of clues that might lead to the location of the painting. But it quickly becomes apparent that Lizzie and Arnold are not the only ones interested in finding the painting.
The search for the lost Lucrezia quickly becomes a race through the secret history of Venice, one with potentially deadly consequences.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times
, The Sunday Times
and the Independent
. He is the author of more than thirty novels, including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages, his Amsterdam-based series featuring detective Pieter Vos, and the brand-new Venetian mystery series. He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series, The Killing
. He lives near Canterbury in Kent.