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The abomination

The abomination

Holt, Jonathan, author

A body has washed up from the Grand Canal. A woman, wearing the robes of a priest - a desecration known as the Abomination. The trail leads Captain Kat Tapo from the backstreets of Venice to an abandoned Catholic asylum. Then the case is shut down. In an encrypted online simulation of Venice, secrets are shared, and anonymity guaranteed. It's the only place Kat can seek the truth. In the dark depths of post-war politics, Europe's history was re-written in blood. Now powerful people want the past to stay buried

Paperback, Book. English. Suspense fiction. Thriller.
Published London: Head of Zeus, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Jonathan Holt
ISBN: 178185369X, 9781781853696
Physical Description: 436 pages : maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Venice (Italy) Fiction.

Author note

When Jonathan Holt first travelled to Venice, he found it shrouded in thick fog and flooded with high water. This experience inspired him to write the Carnivia Trilogy: a series of thrillers based on Italy's hidden history which capture Venice's unique combination of glamour and decay. The books in the Carnivia Trilogy have now become international bestsellers, published in 16 countries. The second novel in the trilogy was longlisted for a CWA Steel Dagger Award. Discover more at


'Impressive... the characters are strong and Venice is a magnificent backdrop for a story of secrets and lies.' 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.