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Product Details

  • Paperback: 629 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455505374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455505371
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1b79804) out of 5 stars 79 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa151f84c) out of 5 stars A glorious book in every way May 24 2013
By Welsh Corgi fan - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19095b8) out of 5 stars World War II in Italy April 9 2013
By Susan C. Morgan - Published on
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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
HASH(0xa0fdebe8) out of 5 stars ITALIAN OCCUPIED WW11 HISTORY April 12 2013
By Suzi - Published on
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1015b58) out of 5 stars Loved this book Feb. 22 2014
By gcricket - Published on
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Fans of historical fiction will really enjoy this book - the time goes between present-day Italy and WWII. I never knew much about the resistance fighters in Italy and the added problem of the fascism still lingering after they were ousted from power. It has a mystery to solve and the ending was very cleverly done. I'm part Italian and my grandparents emigrated before WWII - it made me wonder if any of my relatives were in the resistance movement or were they on the side of the fascists? I'll probably never know. But I do know this is a great book - both informative and entertaining.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa102e7a4) out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read April 28 2013
By SouthernGal820 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at a book store in St Simons Island so I would have something to read while on vacation. It was one of those books where you put it down and can't wait to get back to it. The chapters are written in past and present - past being a written journal of a woman called Cati during the time the Germans were in Italy and present being the view of an inspector that is trying to solve a murder and having found her journal getting insight into the struggles and fears of the people of Italy during that time. The book is wonderfully written - the characters so dimensional you are vested in their struggles and fear for them. I don't want to give too much away but the ending was one of the most perfect endings in a book that I've ever read. A must read if you love great books.