Joseph Kanon (Author)

Product Details

$21.00  $19.32
Picador USA
Publish Date
May 16, 2006
5.5 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the author of three previous novels, The Good German, Los Alamos, and The Prodigal Spy. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.


"Burrowing deeply into Patricia Highsmith territory, Kanon has crafted an absorbing tale. . . . [Kanon] is frequently compared to the likes of John le CarrΓ© and Graham Greene. With Alibi, he shows that he's up to the comparison." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Kanon's richest, most full-blooded work to date . . . [He] has mastered the art of the historical thriller." --The New York Times Book Review

"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." --The Seattle Times

"Alibi is a thriller with a slide-rule perfect plot. . . . Wholly engrossing and one of the finest thrillers you will read this year--up there with the classics of the genre." --The Daily Telegraph (London)

"If you want to explore life, love, death, beauty, and moral confusion--all glimpsed from a gondola, so to speak--you won't do much better than this." --The Washington Post

"Once again Kanon has written a novel set against the backdrop of World War II that is evocative and sensitive, moody and thought-provoking." --Arizona Daily Star

"Alibi is an absorbing and fast-paced book." --New Mystery Reader Magazine

"Kanon keeps us turning pages. . . . His best book yet." --The Winston-Salem Journal

"Kanon juxtaposes a powerful love story and a gripping thriller against a palpable historical moment. . . . The novel holds us completely, with its vision of a sadly inadequate hero striking deep at our worst fears about ourselves." --Booklist

"You will admire this book for its descriptions of the theatrically beautiful Venetian cityscape and for its engrossing rendition of the city's postwar hangover-party mood--plus the inclusion of a cracking good murder mystery." --The News & Observer

"Extraordinarily well-crafted and well-written . . . Kanon's storytelling talents for intrigue may be unparalleled." --Deseret Morning News

"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. . . . In Kanon's eclectic cast of policemen, soldiers, revolutionaries, and ex-pat socialites, no one is spared the deep, dark smudges offered by war and its aftermath." --Baltimore Sun

"If you want to explore life, love, death, beauty, and moral confusion, you won't do much better than this." --San Jose Mercury News