The Villa Triste

The Villa Triste

Book - 2010
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It is the Autumn of 1943. Italy signs the armistice that will take it out of the war, and slides into chaos. In Florence, two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death. As the Allied advance stalls in the south, Italy is trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation. Determined to take on not only the Nazis, but also the newly resurgent Fascists, bands of Partisans rise up. Almost all of them are young. Many of them are women. They have little to rely on except ingenuity, determination, and courage. Thrust headlong into the unknown, Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, one of Florence's most senior policemen, would not normally oversee a murder investigation. He agrees only because the victim - an old man found dead in his apartment - was once a hero, one of the few surviving Partisans who took part in the city's liberation in 1944. The memories of old heroes should be nothing more than a diversion. But, as the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself first pulled backwards in time, then racing against it, working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, 2010
ISBN: 9781552788721
1552788725
Branch Call Number: FIC Grind 3564
Characteristics: 545 p

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ladydiarma
May 30, 2015

Recommended if you are interested in WWII history and capturing the atmosphere of the conditions in which people lived. I especially enjoyed the way the story went back and forth in time - so you really see how the events during the war impacted the current times.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 05, 2014

Set in 1943, a wealthy Florentine family finds their lives in danger when Italy signs the armistice allowing the Nazis to occupy northern Italy and put Mussolini and the Fascists back in power. Bands of partisans rise up to fight the occupation. The son and youngest daughter join the underground movement and eventually convince the entire family to help with the struggle. Years later, the murder of three partisan heroes brings the past alive for the detective charged with solving the crime. The novel moves between past and present, weaving a complex and fascinating story about Italy's history while exploring the lengths people will go to save their country and loved ones.

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Skaidrite
Jun 20, 2012

I enjoyed this book and way it spanned the war time in Italy and then kept returning us to the present. I learned a lot about the black shirts and their terrible power during the war. It was a good read. SC

mayfairlady Aug 24, 2011

Greatly entertaining read. Stories from 1944 Florence to present day Florence are interwoven into this historical novel/whodunit.

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