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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Kanon Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593977603
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From the bestselling author of LOS ALAMOS and THE GOOD GERMAN comes a riveting tale of love, revenge and murder set in postwar Venice
It is 1946, and a stunned Europe is beginning its slow recovery from the ravages of World War II. Adam Miller has come to Venice to visit his widowed mother and try to forget the horrors he has witnessed as a U.S. Army war crimes investigator in Germany. Nothing has changed in Venice—not the beautiful palazzi, not the violins at Florian’s, not the shifting water that makes the city, untouched by bombs, still seem a dream. But when Adam falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during the war, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, he discovers, has been compromised by the Occupation—the international set drinking at Harry’s, the police who kept order for the Germans, and most of all Gianni Maglione, the suave and enigmatic Venetian who happens to be his mother’s new suitor. And when, finally, the troubled past erupts in violent murder, Adam finds himself at the center of a web of deception, intrigue, and unexpected moral dilemmas. When is murder acceptable? What are the limits of guilt? How much is someone willing to pay for a perfect alibi? Using the piazzas and canals of Venice as an enthralling but sinister backdrop, Joseph Kanon has again written a gripping historical thriller. ALIBI is at once a murder mystery, a love story, and a superbly crafted novel about the nature of moral responsibility.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kanon’s richest, most full-blooded work to date…[He] has mastered the art of the historical thriller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Burrowing deeply into Patricia Highsmith territory, Kanon has crafted an absorbing tale…[Kanon] is frequently compared to the likes of John le Carré and Graham Greene. With Alibi, he shows that he’s up to the comparison.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Alibi is a thriller with a slide-rule perfect plot…Wholly engrossing and one of the finest thrillers you will read this year—up there with the classics of the genre.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Disturbing and hypnotically readable, Alibi is a mystery, a love story, and a work of philosophy—and a perfect companion for the thriller reader who wants a philosophical challenge, as well as entertainment.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Joseph Kanon is a specialist in superior historical thrillers…Moody, deeply atmospheric, and as labyrinthine as the streets of Venice.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Once again Kanon has written a novel set against the backdrop of World War II that is evocative and sensitive, moody and thought-provoking.”

    Arizona Daily Star

  • “Kanon juxtaposes a powerful love story and a gripping thriller against a palpable historical moment…The novel holds us completely, with its vision of a sadly inadequate hero striking deep at our worst fears about ourselves.”

    Booklist

  • “Kanon offers such vivid sensory detail that a reader emerges as steeped in atmospherics as a seasoned diplomat with a passport full of visa stamps. You feel initiated, as if you’ve been let in on some dark and well-kept secrets from some of the twentieth century’s most pivotal moments…In Kanon’s eclectic cast of policemen, soldiers, revolutionaries, and ex-pat socialites, no one is spared the deep, dark smudges offered by war and its aftermath.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • Winner of the 2005 Hammett Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly MacIver | 2/13/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one but still trying to figure out if I really know what all the characters' motives really were.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting topic, ie. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 1/25/2014

    " Not the type of book I typically read, but I really did enjoy this. It begs to be made into a movie... just imagine it shot on lcation.... bella! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/19/2014

    " I just finished this book for my book club. It was an historical fiction piece. I don't care for a backwards mystery, where the murder happens in the beginning, the murderer is revealed, and then whether or not they get caught is the main subject of the novel. While an additonal mystery is threaded throughout the novel, it is not as compelling as it needs to be sustain a popular fiction type of pace. I was really caught up with the story in the beginnong, for about the first 100-200 pages, but then, it began to lose momentum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/16/2014

    " This was a pretty good book. I chose it because of the location of the story: Venice, Italy. It was full of twists and there was so definitive good guy-bad guy, which is always interesting. It was a bit of chore to get through, especially the beginning. I think the writing style just wasn't easy to flow through. I rushed to finish it to find out what happened and although I wasn't quite happy with the ending, I'm glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Warrick | 1/15/2014

    " I have read other of Mr. Kanon's books that I have enjoyed more. This one seems muddled and improbable, too manufactured to really pull the story off. I won't Mr. Kanon off completely but I'd recommend 'The Good German' instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo | 1/2/2014

    " This was somewhat of a "typical" book for Kanon. It was not bad, and keeps you turning the pages, but it is somehow not as fresh and engaging as his first novel _Los Alamos_. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " Post WWII, death, romance, and venice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2013

    " Although it is fiction, it is telling of the anti-semitism and sheer indifference of many italian citizens during the holocaust... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 12/10/2013

    " Kanon seems to have specialized in post-WWII European suspense, and this is the best of them in my opinion. I liked the Good German as well, but the atmospheric love story at the novel's core just pulled at me. I recommend you give this one a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/8/2013

    " A complex thriller, character driven, intriguing plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/23/2013

    " I am a huge fan of Kanon's writing, and I just loved that I had no idea where the book was going -- lots of surprises. The historical feel was on the money and I love that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much. Romance, history, mystery--a little of everything. I could see it being a very good movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/4/2013

    " Post-WWII this mystery takes place in Venice. Great location, but the storyline isn't too strong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/11/2013

    " This book was fantastic. It is really well written yet still a thriller full of suspense. The post-WW II Venice setting was fascinating. I would recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/25/2012

    " Another Powell's sale table book - quite good, but kind of depressing. Set in Venice, which is partly why I picked it up "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric Mann | 10/29/2012

    " Gave up 150 pgs in as it just wasn't working for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna Kurtz | 7/22/2012

    " Started a little slow but I liked it once it got going. This book is somewhat tragic and poignant as it looks at politics in post WWII Vienna. Sad story that seems realistic, which is what makes it so tragic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 4/18/2012

    " Very suspenseful, I've always been a fan of historical fiction and there's a lot of morality issues here that makes you want to reflect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindgirl | 10/18/2011

    " Not the best Joseph Kanon book i have read but i still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/29/2011

    " The star of this book, set in post-WWII Italy, is the beautiful city of Venice, described in vivid detail in this thriller about hunting Nazi collaborators and sympathizers. This would make a good Hollywood movie, especially the setting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Brown | 6/18/2011

    " I wanted something World War II related so I was excited about this one. It started off strong and I was really interested, but it went on too long and I stopped caring about 4/5 of the way through. Wish there was a 3.5 star rating "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/27/2011

    " This story bored me, didn't really like it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 8/29/2010

    " Started a little slow but I liked it once it got going. This book is somewhat tragic and poignant as it looks at politics in post WWII Vienna. Sad story that seems realistic, which is what makes it so tragic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo | 8/9/2010

    " This was somewhat of a "typical" book for Kanon. It was not bad, and keeps you turning the pages, but it is somehow not as fresh and engaging as his first novel _Los Alamos_. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Signora | 5/3/2010

    " It was worth reading through the book, that at times seemed to be going nowhere, to get to the final chapters with its twists and surprises. Oh, those Italians!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/27/2010

    " The star of this book, set in post-WWII Italy, is the beautiful city of Venice, described in vivid detail in this thriller about hunting Nazi collaborators and sympathizers. This would make a good Hollywood movie, especially the setting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/22/2010

    " Liked the book...there were a lot of layers - not a typical mystery. I guess it was not Kanon's best...so I'd like to read more of his work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 2/25/2010

    " This book is promoted as post-war murder mystery; but is much more of a romantic tale about post-war Venice, the city of canals. After a certain point I just did not care anymore about the romantic interest of the American soldier trying to help her find her fathers killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/18/2010

    " I am a huge fan of Kanon's writing, and I just loved that I had no idea where the book was going -- lots of surprises. The historical feel was on the money and I love that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/15/2010

    " A complex thriller, character driven, intriguing plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/2/2010

    " Good post ww2 novel, set in Venice - started off very well but found it lost it's way a little from half way through and was a little drawn out. Author seems to be keen on weaving love stories into his plots - based on the two books I have read by him.. "

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About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the author of several novels, including Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, Alibi, and Stardust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.