City of Vengeance - Cesare Aldo series (Paperback)
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City of Vengeance - Cesare Aldo series (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages
Published: 06/01/2022
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Waterstones Says

Introducing Cesare Aldo, a sixteenth century Florentine court officer, City of Vengeance is the first of a gripping new period crime series set in the heart of Renaissance Italy.

Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2022

Longlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger 2022

City of Vengeance is an explosive debut historical thriller by D. V. Bishop, set in Renaissance Florence.

Florence. Winter, 1536. A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth.

Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the Renaissance city's most feared criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder: catch the killer before the feast of Epiphany - or suffer the consequences.

During his investigations Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the volatile ruler of Florence, Alessandro de' Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival officer of the court is determined to expose details about Aldo's private life that could lead to his ruin. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529038798
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An impressive and immersive debut set in a beautifully realized sixteenth-century Florence. Investigator Cesare Aldo is a fascinating and charismatic protagonist. Highly recommended - Antonia Hodgson, author of A Death at Fountains Abbey

A first-class historical thriller with echoes of The Name of the Rose . . . a tour-de-force and clearly demonstrates the sixteenth century was as full of thrills and mysteries as the twenty-first, perhaps even a shade more - David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker series

Richly atmospheric . . . transports you to another time and place - Ambrose Parry, author of The Way of All Flesh

So fluid and fluent, the pages almost turn themselves . . . Aldo is a great creation, resourceful, driven and forced to hide who he really is, but nevertheless is compelled to find justice for those who deserve it - James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series

Cross-dressing, torture, oodles of violence — this pungent example of historical noir has the lot - The Times

Brings to life the 16th century Italian city, from the rankest taverns in its darkest alleys to the corridors of power showing a city of art and literature that is also riddled with corruption, anti-Semitism and violence - Evening Standard

Written with a finesse and authenticity which augurs well for a series with all the hallmarks of historical fiction masters like CJ Sansom and Ken Follett, City of Vengeance delivers a trip to Florence that you won’t forget! - Lancashire Evening Post

A complex, intriguing plot which weaves its way through the treacherous streets of sixteenth century Florence, encountering danger at every dark corner - Sarah Maine, author of The House Between Tides

In Cesare Aldo, Bishop has created a character with the cunning, bravery and balls of steel to take on the twisty, toxic politics of the Medicis with panache. I can't wait for his next outing - Alison Belsham, author of The Tattoo Thief

This atmospheric murder mystery is packed with political intrigue and questionable morality. Secrets and conspiracies abound, danger is ever present and tension rises within the complex plotting - Choice

Rich in period detail - a compelling journey into Florence’s dark past - Philip Gwynne Jones, author of the Nathan Sutherland Venetian mysteries

Compelling and assured. Does not miss a step through the dark intrigues of sixteenth century Florence, but convinces to the last. Aldo is a man as fitting for our times as for the bloody streets he takes us to. And D. V. Bishop makes it all seem effortless - Shirley McKay

Dramatic and compelling, a great example of quality historical crime fiction . . . But the crowning glory of the book has to be the character of Cesare Aldo: bold, disquieting and complex; beautifully crafted with a deep and sensitive understanding of human frailty. An exciting, engaging story, masterfully told - Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh

This dramatic and compelling book, with the larger than life, complex, charismatic and enduring and towering figure of Aldo holding it all together, is for all who enjoy well-written and enthralling historical mysteries - Crime Review

D. V. Bishop has hit the ground running by introducing us to Cesare Aldo, a “hero” we can all root for as he continues to seek justice in this beautiful, rich but corrupt medieval city . . . A terrific historical thriller that held me gripped from start to finish - Historical Novel Society

Rich in atmosphere, and chilling in its authenticity, Bishops paints a vivid image of 16th-century Italy - Scottish Field

Bishop has an impressive command of Florence’s history, its beauty, ambition, and taste for violence. Readers will eagerly await the sequel - Publishers Weekly

A thrilling historical crime novel, with more twists and turns than the river Arno, and a fantastic cast of characters both fictional and factual - Bookliterati

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“Murder and intrigue in Medici Florence”

Murder and intrigue in the 16th century Florence of the Medicis in this thoroughly enjoyable historical detective novel which will appeal to fans of the Shardlake series. Aldo is one of the few good guys in what was... More

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“A real historical page turner!”

Its 16th century Florence and there is murder, plots and intrigue afoot. Our hero, ex-soldier and an officer of Florence’s criminal court, is trying to solve a murder and in spite of the incompetence of his senior... More

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“Totally recommended”

My thanks to the Author publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review.
Well written and researched with an excellent mix of real and fictional characters... More

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