The Abomination

The Abomination

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Set in two Venices, the modern physical world and its virtual counterpart, The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a propulsive tale of murder, corruption, and international intrigue--the first book in an outstanding new trilogy in which Carabiniere Captain Kat Tapo must unravel a dark conspiracy linking the CIA and the Catholic Church.

By the stunning white dome of one of Venice's grandest landmarks a body with two slugs in the back of the head has been pulled from the icy waters. The victim is a woman, dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest--a desecration that becomes known as the Abomination.

Working her first murder case, Captain Kat Tapo embarks on a trail that proves as elusive and complicated as the city's labyrinthine backstreets. What Kat discovers will test her loyalties and remind her of a simple truth: Unless old crimes are punished, corrupt forces will continue to repeat their mortal sins.

The Abomination is book one of Jonathan Holt's Carnivia Trilogy.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
ISBN: 9780062264336
0062264338
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HOL
Characteristics: 435 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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KateHillier Jun 11, 2014

I really enjoyed this. It's The Da Vinci Code meets Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's very plotty, detailed but not so detailed that anything is lost, and is based in rather recent history (in this case the Bosnian War. It really is very well thought out and I can't wait to see what comes from the rest of this trilogy.

Two very strong female leads are present as well. Kat Tapo is a police officer and Holly Boland is part of the US Army. Both women bring very different ideas of female characters, especially considering the careers they have both chosen, but both are very real and very valid. Especially with Kat Tapo and her relations with her boss and where that takes her.

Daniele is also fascinating. We barely get to see much of him in relation to other people so I'm keen to see where he goes next. His world of computers, and systems, and hacking is relatable to almost everyone in some way, even his reclusiveness in some ways.

This books has politics, history, religion, police work, a mystery, and all set across the backdrop of Venice, Italy. I actually can't remember the last time I read a book set in Italy for the entire time so that was nice. Educational as well.

Suffice to say you should read it and I cannot wait for the rest!

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