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The Traitor
05 Nov 2015 * PAPERBACK * £7.99 * 9781781853771

A freemason's death exposes a shocking conspiracy rooted deep in Italy's history. Can Kat unlock the secrets of the past before Venice burns to the ground?

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 400 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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The Boatman
The Abduction
Also in The Carnivia Trilogy series
The TraitorThe Carnivia Trilogy, 3by Jonathan Holt

A superb conspiracy thriller set in Venice, from a Sunday Times bestseller.


He died in the darkness, surrounded by friends. They found him at sunrise, on Venice's most popular beach.

His throat had been cut, his tongue removed. Captain Kat Tapo suspects a Masonic ritualistic murder. She knows the brotherhood won't give up its secrets to a policewoman – but she's determined she won't give up the hunt. She'll use all the allies she has: friends, lovers, hackers, spies.

But shocking truths about the case are about to come to light. And when they do, it will be a race against time to unlock the secrets of Italy's past – before Venice itself starts to burn...

This is the final novel in a trilogy of stylish and intelligent thrillers set in Venice from Jonathan Holt who, under the name J.P. Delaney, is also the author of the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers The Girl Before and The Perfect Wife.


Reviews for The Carnivia Trilogy:

'Genuinely thrilling... An illuminating portrait of a particular world' Literary Review.
'Tense and mind-bending' Daily Telegraph.
'Breathtaking... A truly haunting glimpse into a mysterious shadow world' New York Times.
'Impressive... Venice is a magnificent backdrop for a story of secrets and lies' Daily Mail.
'A cracking, upmarket thriller... A rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader' Saga Magazine.

What readers are saying about The Carnivia Trilogy:

'Superb – an exciting tale involving people smuggling, the Catholic Church and US intelligence operatives... A compelling story which will appeal to readers who enjoy a mix of conspiracy theory and cover-up' Amazon Reader.
'An unravelling of several interconnected plot strands with action and twists that never stop, but at a deeper level Holt also engages with human rights and gender issues... This is a "can't put it down" novel' Amazon Reader.
'The detailed reconstruction of the setting in Venice is fabulous and is equalled both by characterisation and plot... Gripping and thrilling... and distressingly possible' Amazon Reader.
'Fabulously descriptive, intriguing, fast paced... A must-read for anyone who enjoys a good thriller that is well researched and excellently written' Amazon Reader.
'Fast paced, good characters and interesting mix of plot strands. Each book in the trilogy can be read as a stand alone, but reading all of them rounds off the story strands nicely' Amazon Reader.

Jonathan Holt is the internationally bestselling author of The Carnivia Trilogy. He also writes psychological thrillers under the name J.P. Delaney. His novels The Girl Before and Believe Me have both been top-ten Sunday Times bestsellers and been published all over the world.

A genuinely thrilling thriller... a terrific book by any standard... outstanding' Literary Review

'A cracking, upmarket thriller' Saga Magazine

Impressive... Venice is a magnificent backdrop' Daily Mail

'Awesome, awesome, awesome!! To say it was a page-turner is an understatement!' Lovereading

The talented Jonathan Holt's best book yet... its disparate elements bubbling over in entertaining fashion, and its protagonist guaranteed reader interest, and the sheer unabashed energy of The Traitor is hard to resist' Good Book Guide

A suitably thrilling finale... The author was apparently inspired by a visit to Venice, and it certainly makes for an interesting setting, especially when Holt gives us a taste of the real city hidden under the tourist hype' Crime Review

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