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The Boatman
01 May 2013 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781853672

A dead woman in the robes of a priest. A revelation that will rewrite history. THE ABOMINATION has arrived.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 448 pages
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The Abduction
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Also in The Carnivia Trilogy series
The Boatman: A conspiracy thriller set in Venice from the author of The Girl BeforeThe Carnivia Trilogy, 1by Jonathan Holt

A superb conspiracy thriller set in Venice, from a Sunday Times bestseller.


They found the woman's body on the steps of a church, washed up by Venice's winter tides. A tattoo on her wrist matched graffiti in an abandoned hospital, not used since the Second World War.

It's Captain Kat Tapo's first murder case, and she'll do anything to get to the truth. But as the hunt for the killer intensifies, she discovers secrets from Italy's dark wartime past that will put her in great danger...

This is the first novel in a trilogy of stylish and intelligent thrillers set in Venice from Jonathan Holt who, under the name J.P. Delaney, is also the author of the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers The Girl Before and The Perfect Wife.

Previously published as The Abomination.


Reviews for The Carnivia Trilogy:

'Genuinely thrilling... An illuminating portrait of a particular world' Literary Review.
'Tense and mind-bending' Daily Telegraph.
'Breathtaking... A truly haunting glimpse into a mysterious shadow world' New York Times.
'Impressive... Venice is a magnificent backdrop for a story of secrets and lies' Daily Mail.
'A cracking, upmarket thriller... A rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader'Saga Magazine.

What readers are saying about The Carnivia Trilogy:

'Superb – an exciting tale involving people smuggling, the Catholic Church and US intelligence operatives... A compelling story which will appeal to readers who enjoy a mix of conspiracy theory and cover-up' Amazon Reader.
'An unravelling of several interconnected plot strands with action and twists that never stop, but at a deeper level Holt also engages with human rights and gender issues... This is a "can't put it down" novel' Amazon Reader.
'The detailed reconstruction of the setting in Venice is fabulous and is equalled both by characterisation and plot... Gripping and thrilling... and distressingly possible' Amazon Reader.
'Fabulously descriptive, intriguing, fast paced... A must-read for anyone who enjoys a good thriller that is well researched and excellently written' Amazon Reader.
'Fast paced, good characters and interesting mix of plot strands. Each book in the trilogy can be read as a stand alone, but reading all of them rounds off the story strands nicely' Amazon Reader.

Jonathan Holt is the internationally bestselling author of The Carnivia Trilogy. He also writes psychological thrillers under the name J.P. Delaney. His novels The Girl Before and Believe Me have both been top-ten Sunday Times bestsellers and been published all over the world.

The characters are strong, Venice is a magnificent backdrop and it has an arresting opening... impressive' Daily Mail

'Jonathan Holt blasts on to the thriller scene with a high voltage, all bets are off, cracker' Crimesquad

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!... If you are a fan of Dan Brown this is certainly for you... To say it's a page turner is an understatement! The only problem now is waiting for the next book in the trilogy!' Sam Lewis for Lovereadingcouk

[A] diverting debut... Holt captures the allure of Venice and its creative cyber-counterpart, and creates two forceful [...] protagonists in Kat and Holly. The author gets carried away by throwing mystery on top of mystery, but, well, that's part of the fun' Publishers Weekly

A genuinely thrilling thriller... A terrific book by any standard... Outstanding' Literary Review

A cracking, upmarket thriller... A rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader' Saga Magazine

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