City of Vengeance (Cesare Aldo series #1) (Hardcover)

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By D. V.
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"City of Vengeance is a first-class historical thriller with echoes of The Name of the Rose. Bishop’s spirited and richly detailed story, layered with issues of humanity that still bedevil society today, is 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, global bestselling crime author

An explosive historical thriller set against the backdrop of the Medici dynasty in 1530s 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?

About the Author

D. V. Bishop is an award-winning screenwriter and TV dramatist. His love for the city of Florence and the Renaissance period meant there could be only one setting for his crime fiction debut. City of Vengeance won the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland 2018, and he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by the Scottish Book Trust while writing the novel. When not busy being program leader for creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University, he plans his next research trip to Florence.

Praise For…

"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, The House Between Tides

"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, author, the Inspector McLean series

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781529038774
ISBN-10: 1529038774
Publisher: Macmillan UK
Publication Date: October 1st, 2021
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Cesare Aldo series