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Villa Triste [Paperback]

Lucretia Grindle

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  • Paperback: 629 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455505374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455505371
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  52 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious book in every way May 24 2013
By Ellen Wertheimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Villa Triste is, in a word, superb. The plot is fantastic. The writing is excellent and elegant. The characters are believable. This is a truly glorious book. While it seems long, it is a fast read, and I devoured it in a couple of days. Now I am sad it wasn't longer.

The book covers what seem to be two separate sequences of events, although it is pretty clear from the start that they are connected. Florence in 1943-44 is the setting for one of them; Florence in 2006 the other. I do not want to say much about the plot, because I don't want to give it away, and other reviews have provided sufficient information about it. But it was wonderful. it draws you in, much as a superb painting can do. You are living with the characters. You are looking behind you, without looking behind you, for the enemy. . . . You hear the birds calling and feel the earth shake as the bombs drop. You watch over Inspector Palliotti's shoulder as he talks with yet another person, as he finds another clue, urging him to continue his investigation even when it seems like nothing but dead ends. You watch the stories unravel with bated breath.

This book is fantastic. Unbelievably, staggeringly good. Read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World War II in Italy April 9 2013
By Susan C. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great spy story. It tells of the struggle of the people of Italy as well as the heroine. The characters are vivid and spell-binding. You do not want to put this book down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ITALIAN OCCUPIED WW11 HISTORY April 12 2013
By Suzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great historical novel about Nazi freedom fighters during WW11, and this story covers that period as well as a police detective's search in 2006 after three murders are committed that cover three men who were involved during that war. There was little about the Villa Triste (which confused me about the title of the book)! I found the story of the two sisters a page turner and would like have read more about them. There were so many names and places during the detective's investigation that I had to turn some pages back due to double names....but it all fell into place at the end! Well written ending, except I had hoped the detective would have tossed some things into a fireplace!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars taut police procedural-historical thriller Jan. 22 2013
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In 2006 in Florence, Italy, Police Detective Allesandro Pallioti investigates the murder of a WWII "honored hero" Giovanni Trantemento. He soon learns someone is executing "honored heroes of the Resistance" with a bullet to their respective heads and symbolic salt poured into their mouths. Pallioti learns much more about the "honored heroes" who seemingly readapted to civilian life after the war ended and the motive for their murders when he finds Caterina Cammaccio's war diary on Trantemento's desk.

In 1943 Italians hear rumors that the country has signed an armistice and Bagdolio fled Rome. Caterina expects her oldest brother Enrico to come home from Rome and her fiancé naval medic Lodovicio to return from Northern Africa shortly and soon after they will marry. However, as the family prepares for her wedding and her mom's fiftieth birthday, the Nazis arrive. They take over Villa Triste where they incarcerate and interrogate partisans and their supporters while hunting Jews. Caterina's sister Isabella resolutely supports efforts to force the Germans from Villa Triste.

Rotating eras between the 2006 investigation and the 1943-44 resistance, Lucretia Grindle provides a taut deft police procedural-historical blend. Readers will enjoy Pallioto's inquiry as he copes with more than a serial killer; pondering "what happens when the statue on the pedestal comes crumbling to the ground" (Blessed Is the Rain by Brooklyn Bridge). The 1940s entries are also top rate, especially the diary, as the war arrives in Florence causing the upper class sisters and others to deal with the occupiers. Villa Triste is a strong thriller.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary heroes Oct. 14 2013
By Sharon A. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While Inspector Pallioti investigates the murder of two old WWII veterans he finds the journal of Cati, a young Italian girl. The journal depicts an affluent family and their attempts to endure. Isabella may be the most heroic of the family, but the measure of courage is to act bravely when very afraid. isn't it? Then Cati,is the heroine of my choice!
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