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The absolution : a novel /

by Holt, Jonathan [author.]; Holt, Jonathan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Holt, Jonathan, Carnivia trilogy: 3.Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]Edition: First U.S. edition.Description: 407 pages : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062267078; 0062267078; 9780062267085; 0062267086.Uniform titles: Traitor.Subject(s): Freemasons -- Fiction | Policewomen -- Italy -- Venice -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Women intelligence officers -- Fiction | Webmasters -- Fiction | Venice (Italy) -- Fiction | Suspense fiction | Detective and mystery fiction | Thrillers (Fiction)Summary: Venetian police captain Kat Tapo investigates an eerie ritualistic murder with ties to a Cold War cover-up and a malevolent Internet virus.
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<p>In this mesmerizing finale to the revolutionary Carnivia Trilogy--following The Abomination and The Abduction--Venetian police captain Kat Tapo and U.S. Army intelligence analyst Holly Boland embark on their most dangerous and disturbing journey yet.</p> <p>On Venice's popular Lido beach, a man is found lying on the shore, his throat slit and his tongue viciously torn out, and his face covered by an unusual antique mask.</p> <p>Superiors inside the Venice Carabinieri have finally given Captain Kat Tapo permission to run her first murder case. But when she learns that the mask is a Masonic "hoodwink"--and that the circumstances of the man's death are eerily similar to the Masonic punishment for betrayal--she suspects that her appointment has darker implications. As a woman, she cannot penetrate the closed world of Italian freemasonry.</p> <p>The dead man is identified as a senior partner in a small Catholic bank currently engaged in negotiations with one of Italy's richest men. Yet Kat knows that, when it comes to Venice's most powerful and influential, money isn't the only motive for murder.</p> <p>While she focuses on her investigation, American intelligence analyst Holly Boland finds a document among her father's possessions that offers evidence of a shocking Cold War cover-up. The deeper the second lieutenant digs into what her father knew, the more she begins to wonder: Was her father silenced before he could expose the truth?</p> <p>Reclusive genius Daniele Barbo, creator of the anonymous virtual world Carnivia.com, makes a chilling discovery of his own: his website has been contaminated by a malevolent virus that will cripple Italy unless he can break his own encryption and prevent catastrophe.</p> <p>As the three cases merge, the trio of allies uncover a conspiracy involving the security services, the Church, and the CIA--a devastating plot stretching back decades that could destroy all three of them . . . but not without a fight.</p>

"Originally published as 'The traitor' in Great Britain in 2015 by Head of Zeus"--title-page verso.

Venetian police captain Kat Tapo investigates an eerie ritualistic murder with ties to a Cold War cover-up and a malevolent Internet virus.

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In the final book of Holt's "Carnivia" trilogy (after The Abomination and The Abduction), Venetian carabiniere Capt. Kat Tapo is assigned a major homicide investigation-the ritual Masonic execution of a banker found on Venice's Lido beach, with his throat cut, tongue pulled out, and a "hoodwink" mask over his eyes. Tech wizard Daniele Barbo, creator of the highly encrypted virtual world Carnivia, prepares to hand it off to its anonymous followers-until he learns that the site will be used to facilitate a terrorist attack that may well destroy Venice, cripple Italy, and lead to worldwide devastation. Meanwhile, Second Lt. Holly Boland has stumbled upon a Cold War conspiracy in her father's papers. In time, the three story lines connect, their roots anchored in the CIA's long-running interference in the fate of Italy. VERDICT Intriguing from start to finish, Holt's nicely orchestrated plot-complex but never confusing-is a tremendous achievement, integrating numbers and mathematical problems, virtual worlds, hackers, worms, the Internet of Things, CIA infiltration of Italian left- and right-wing terrorists, Masonic rituals, Italian postwar coups/scandals/corruption, the vast U.S. military installations in Italy, and, not least of all, Venetian cooking! These elements, along with fascinating characters and locales, add up to a great read that both instructs and entertains.-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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