The Abomination features murder, mystery, Mafia, the Catholic Church, conspiracy theories, and Venice–both real and virtual. Uh, yeah, I’m in!
When the clock strikes midnight on the feast day of La Befana, Venice is aglow as a cascade of glittering fireworks bursts above the city. Masked figures crowd the vaporettos, the trattorias are humming with grappa-soaked gossip, and the possibility for random passion heats the frosty winter air.
Across the Grand Canal, beneath the stunning white dome of one of Venice’s grandest landmarks, Santa Maria della Salute, a body with two slugs in the back of the head has been pulled from the icy waters. The victim is a woman. To the dismay of the police, she is dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest–a desecration known as the Abomination.
Working her first murder case, newly promoted Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri embarks on a labyrinthine trail that soon proves as elusive and confusing as the city’s twisting backstreets. Her investigation leads from a crumbling asylum on a deserted island to the impenetrable complex of American military bases ringing the medieval city–and deeper, into an eerie virtual Venice that is both alien and familiar.
The influential and highly secretive simulated world of Carnivia.com holds the city’s secrets, dark knowledge that reaches into the highest levels of government and the church, involving its most influential figures. The site’s founder is a notorious hacker and the scion of one of Venice’s oldest families–a man already convicted of cybercrimes whose life is threatened by an anonymous group determined to silence him and destroy his virtual city.
Why I Love It:
I love a good series. Love how with each book the story unfolds, dragging me deeper and deeper into its world, but sometimes, I don’t want to have to start at the beginning and go through X number of books just to know how the story ends. I want to hang out with some specific characters while still getting a complete story. That’s the joy of Holt’s Carnivia trilogy of which The Abomination is book one. I skipped book two, just finished book three, and none of my pleasure or understanding was diminished by jumping back in at the end.
Rather than one main detective, we’re following three characters: Kat, a police officer in Venice, Holly, in the US army, and Daniele, creator of the massively popular virtual world Carnivia, each of whom are putting the pieces of this crime together from different ends. All three of these characters are fascinating studies in and of themselves, and I really enjoyed watching their growth (and dysfunction) over the course of the series.
Then there’s Venice. I have a deep love of this decaying city with her sensuality and her mystery. She’s the perfect backdrop for the series, especially as her rich history and complicated relationship within modern day Italy definitely come into play over the three books.
Excellent characters with their own struggles and demons, intriguing self-contained mysteries mired in history and political agendas, and a vivid realization of Venice that will have you itching to book the next flight out to that city, the Carnivia trilogy has all this and more.
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