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by Joseph Kanon

  • ISBN: 0316730602
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Joseph Kanon
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (August 4, 2005)
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • FB2 size: 1594 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 412
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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.

Alibi Joseph Kanon Joseph Kanon Alibi CHAPTER ONE After the war, my mother took a house in Venice. he left me with a book I was already halfway up the stairs in my mind, curling up with the fog. The result was that I was waking early, before first light. It wasn’t insomnia-I slept deeply, snug under a warm duvet-but some automatic awareness that the light was about to change, the way plants are said to lift their heads toward the dawn.

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Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Publishers since 1866.

Joseph Kanon began his career in publishing while an undergraduate at Harvard, reading manuscripts for The Atlantic Monthly. Rising through the ranks of the publishing world, he eventually became president and CEO of . Dutton, and then executive vice president of Houghton Mifflin's Trade and Reference Division

Joseph Kanon is a specialist in superior historical thrillers. 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

Joseph Kanon is a specialist in superior historical thrillers. Alibi is a thriller with a slide-rule perfect plot. 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.

Author: Joseph Kanon.

Joseph Kanon (born 1946) is an American author, best known for thriller and spy novels set in the period immediately after World War II. In 1946, Kanon was born in Pennsylvania, . Kanon studied at Harvard University, and at Trinity College in Cambridge. As an undergraduate, he published his first stories in The Atlantic Monthly.

Reviews about Alibi (7):
While I have enjoyed Kanon's other books, this one is tedious to the point of being annoying.

Although I have enjoyed several of Kanon's other books, this one is extremely tedious, to the point of being irritating. Perhaps it is a failed effort at character development, but none of the characters is sympathetic, especially the "heroine" introduced near the beginning of the book, who starts well but then devolves into such hystrionics and obsessive behavior that she (and the book) loses all credibility. The premise of the book is interesting, but the execution leaves much to be desired. Kanon seems to specialize in historical fiction, especially the period in the immediate aftermath of WWII, and this book fits in that genre, but I advise you to skip it and read The Good German (much, much better than the movie, despite its talented cast, which changed the story in ways that detracted markedly from the original) and/or Leaving Berlin instead.
Many reviewers have summarized the plot, character development, etc. I have read almost all of Kanon's books - this is a very good book which is well written and deals with a topic that is absolutely fascinating - the moral ambiguities of war, where there is no clear cut distinction between good and evil; where ordinary people are thrust into situations where there is no correct response.

For many of us, whose parents and grandparents were European immigrants, survived the war and lived in these very circumstances, novels like this provide a small window into their psyche and experiences. They personally never talked about any of this, so for me, this is the only way I can begin to understand their extraordinarily complex lifes.

As an aside, Kanon's descriptions of Venice are wonderful; having been to Venice, this was an added highlight of the book!!
I'm normally a great fan of Joseph Kanon, but I was less excited by this book. Compared to his other works I found *Alibi* claustrophobic and obsessive, not particularly enjoyable. It struck me a bit too much like a replay of *Crime and Punishment* yet without a satisfactory resolution. Having lived in Venice for several years, I can promise other readers that Kanon's topographical rendition of the city is accurate without becoming belabored. The walk through his primary neighborhood, from the Carita' to the Salute is just as he describes it. It's a pity, though, that, like so many other foreigners' books on the city, either non-fiction or novelistic, this one rarely looks beyond outsiders' point-of-view, to the extent that actual Venetians barely figure at all in the story. Kanon situates the novel in the early spring, so there are very few tourists about, which is a blessing, except that instead he concentrates almost exclusively on the ex-pat community, with the exception of the homicide detective, Cavallini, and the leading lady, both of whom seldom raise above their own stereotypes.
This story starts with elegant word pictures of Venice with all the nuances we've grown to love about the place and deteriorates into a plodding ordeal that the reader has to endure. 150 pages of brilliant heart wrenching beauty followed by 250 pages of torturous dialogue and convoluted plot. Such potential, such a waste in the end.
Post-war Venice is a city that has survived the war almost intact.
Adam, an American soldier, has been hunting nazis, and comes to Venice at the urging of his mother, who has returned to resume her pre-war life, that of a wealthy socialite. But she is attracted to an Italian doctor who has perhaps been helping the Germans during the war. Thus Adam sets out to prevent what he sees as his mother's potential marital mistake.
Meanwhile, Adam meets and falls for a young Jewish woman who claims this same doctor killed her father during the war by sending him off to a concentration camp.
These complicated relationships lead to a disastrous confrontation, a murder, and the consequent investigation by the Venetian police. Mix in the war-time partisans, and Kanon's plot becomes a real winner.
The writing is excellent, precise and powerful. Kanon has a very direct style, not wasting time or words on superfluous descriptions. Yet we feel very intensely the mood of of the city, the dampness of the canals, the stones and bricks, the divergent areas of the city, the contrast between a deserted ghetto and St. Mark's Square. It is far from a travelogue, but as the story unfolds we feel we are there, in Venice.
A minor concern for me is the striking similarity between the plots of 'Alibi' and 'Istanbul Passage'. (See separate review.) But both are excellent novels and are highly recommended.
This is not equal to the better of Mr. Kanon's otherwise consistently enjoyable and intelligent work. It begins well enough, and has a great central plot twist. Unfortunately, after this twist, the pendulum swings of the protagonist become slow and meandering. Mr. Kanon's central themes of the loss of American innocence after WWII play well here (in Venice after the war) but not as well, nor as completely, as in his other settings. In the latter portion of the book, one is tempted to agree with the Italians surrounding the protagonist: He is tiresome, self-righteous without grounds for being so, and a bit of a bore. Without anyone to care for, the city of Venice itself seems to carry more interest for Mr. Kanon and his reader. But unlike his other novels, there is no character to explicate either history or culture.

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