The Thief of Venice

The Thief of Venice

A Homer Kelly Mystery

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
During a trip to Venice for a conference on rare books, Homer Kelly and his wife Mary stumble into a mystery that evokes the fate of Venetian Jews during World War II, when one of Mary's photographs reveals the enigmatic figure of a missing woman and holds the clue to a long-lost treasure

Blackwell North Amer
The seductive city of Venice has lured Homer Kelly to a rare books conference, and wife Mary has eagerly come along, camera in tow. Upon arrival they find their Venetian host, Sam Bell, reveling in an examination of holy relics entrusted to him by the new Procurator of Saint Mark's, Lucia Costanza. Sam is convinced they are fraudulent. (He may be surprised.)
But soon the Kellys' tranquil getaway turns into a life-and-death adventure, when Lucia's soon-to-be ex-husband is killed and Lucia disappears, branding herself the prime suspect. Bucolic Venice begins to look more and more sinister as Sam's borrowed relics disappear one by one and his motherless little daughter, Ursula, begins to behave in a most unusual way.
The plot thickens with the help of Mary's simple snapshots of jade-green canals, the Rialto Bridge, the Piazza San Marco, the ancient Ghetto, and churches, palaces, and squares in every remote corner of the city. Before long she is in danger, pursued across a maze of ancient bridges while the lagoon overflows and floods the streets. In the end there is a miracle - could it possibly be real? - and a treasure is uncovered, painfully recalling the fate of Venetian Jews in World War II.

Baker
& Taylor

During a trip to Venice for a conference on rare books, Homer Kelly and his wife Mary stumble into a mystery that evokes the fate of Venetian Jews during World War II, when one of Mary's photographs reveals the enigmatic figure of a missing woman and holds the clue to a long-lost treasure. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999
ISBN: 9780670882106
0670882100
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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