The Garden of Angels
by David Hewson
At his beloved Nonno Paolo’s deathbed, fifteen-year-old Nico receives a gift that will change his life forever: a yellowing manuscript which tells the haunting, twisty tale of what really happened to his grandfather in Nazi-occupied Venice in 1943.
The Palazzo Colombina is home to the Uccello family: three generations of men, trapped together in the dusty palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. Awkward fifteen-year-old Nico. His distant, business-focused father. And his beloved grandfather, Paolo. Paolo is dying. But before he passes, he has secrets he’s waited his whole life to share.
When a Jewish classmate is attacked by bullies, Nico just watches – earning him a week’s suspension and a typed, yellowing manuscript from his frail Nonno Paolo. A history lesson, his grandfather says. A secret he must keep from his father. A tale of blood and madness . . .
Nico is transported back to the Venice of 1943, an occupied city seething under its Nazi overlords, and to the defining moment of his grandfather’s life: when Paolo’s support for a murdered Jewish woman brings him into the sights of the city’s underground resistance. Hooked and unsettled, Nico can’t stop reading – but he soon wonders if he ever knew his beloved grandfather at all.
“Hewson expertly balances tense action and thoughtful emotion. Fans of character-driven WWII thrillers will want to check this out”
“Hewson displays the gifts that distinguish the Costa series: the ability to bring texture and humanity to multiple characters and to explore significant moments in history through the microcosm of those characters' lives”
“THE GARDEN OF ANGELS is a unique achievement: a thriller that is a pageturner, yet is also evocative and haunting. Hewson writes with both power and grace and is a true master of his craft. This is a book that stays with you long after you have finished reading”
Craig Russell, international bestselling author
“Many of Hewson’s books have been set in Italy, but this one-off set mostly in German WW2-occupied Venice must surely rank amongst his best ... With a gallery of wonderful characters on both sides of the fence and never flinching from the atrocities committed by all parties, this is a gripping and wonderfully written tale of pathos and heroism with a wonderful final twist that raises the book to a whole other level”
Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time
“Full of layers, like a Russian nesting doll … A good read for those who love their World War II thrillers with a bit of history included. Followers of Donna Leon’s “Commissario Brunetti” mysteries may appreciate the atmosphere and the intrigue”
“Readers will be gripped and hold fast until the shocking end”
Publishers Weekly on Devil’s Fjord
“Readers of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin will find this gripping”
Library Journal on The Flood
“Hewson spins an engrossing tale”
Booklist on The Flood
“Hewson’s own elegant prose style perfectly captures the mood of the story ... A splendid book”
Booklist Starred Review of The Killing
The Garden of Angels by David Hewson is available in the following formats
|Hardback||9780727850119||6th April 2021||148 X 225mm||320||$29.99|
|Hardback||9780727850119||29th January 2021||148 X 225mm||320||£20.99|
|Ebook||9781448304738||1st March 2021||N/A||320||$25.99|
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|Paperback||9781780297569||29th July 2021||137 X 215mm||320||£12.99|