*Kanon, Joseph. Alibi. Holt. May 2005. c.416p. ISBN 0-8050-7886-X. $26.00. Fiction.

In 1946, Adam Miller comes to Venice to join his widowed mother, Grace, a member of the wealthy expatriate community. Grace is eager for her son to meet her new companion, Dr. Gianni Maglione, but Adam, formerly a war crimes investigator in Germany, is suspicious of the doctor’s intentions. Meanwhile, Adam is distracted by a passionate relationship with Claudia Grassini, a Jew who survived an internment camp in Italy, until Claudia, at the engagement party for Grace and Gianni, accuses the doctor of having betrayed her father to the Germans. Events soon spiral out of control; a violent murder will cause Adam to question everything he once thought true. In his fourth novel, Kanon (The Good German) offers an engrossing drama where the ultimate mystery, as one of the characters notes, is not “who done it” but who people are. A brilliant evocation of postwar Venice is the backdrop for a series of moral dilemmas that wrench the soul. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

LJ, vol. 130, no. 5 (March 15, 2005), 72.

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