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It’s 1945, and though World War II is still under way, Cenzo Vianello has put away his life as a soldier and is now a small town fisherman living a small life. One day he finds a woman in the water; by some miracle she’s still alive, and he pulls her to safety. Guilia, The Girl From Venice (Simon & Schuster, $27), in Martin Cruz Smith’s fifteenth novel, is wanted by the Wehrmacht SS. As Cenzo assumes the role of her protector, his life becomes as suspenseful as the momentous final days of the war itself. In trying to save this one life, Cenzo finds himself suddenly engaged in a world he’s tried to steer clear of, one rife with Nazi sympathizers, Partisans, forgers, killers, actors, and spies. It also brings him back into contact with his despised brother Giorgio, now a tool of Mussolini’s propaganda machine. If the Wehrmacht and the tides have brought Cenzo and Guilia together, perhaps love and family can keep them from being captured and killed before peace is declared.

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ISBN: 9781439140239
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781439140246
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 26th, 2017

Staff Pick

My favorite book of the summer has been Ben Winter’s Underground Airlines. This imaginative thriller is set in present day America, the history of which is very much the same except Lincoln was assassinated before he could become President and the Civil War never happened. As a result the country is still a union but very much divided because slavery exists in four Southern states, the “Hard Four.” Modern day slave labor is here making cheap exports and the abolitionists have their work cut out for them with 3 million of it’s citizens legally enslaved or “bound persons.” If the premise doesn’t sell this book the story will. You won’t be able to figure out all the twists and turns or put it down until the very end.

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ISBN: 9780316261241
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780316261258
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 18th, 2017

Staff Pick

Walter Mosley brings back Easy Rawlins for another thrilling mystery in Charcoal Joe. With this being Rawlins' 14th installment, we find the once young gun growing roots, getting accustomed to his partners in a new detective agency and growing evermore vigilant of the perils of parenthood. All this while he continues his penchant for engaging the seedy side of Los Angeles, including the illustrious Charcoal Joe—an imprisoned crime boss who hires Easy to clear the name of a young Black physics doctoral candidate accused of murder. Set in 1968, steeped in the mastery of Moseley's slow-burn style, Charcoal Joe serves up a case of intrigue to ignite your summer.

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ISBN: 9780385539203
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Published: Doubleday - June 14th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780804172103
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 2nd, 2017

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