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A Dead Man in Trieste
     

A Dead Man in Trieste

by Michael Pearce
 

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Trieste in 1906 is of vital strategic importance and one of the world's greatest seaports. But assorted nationalist movements are threatening to pull the place apart and the militarist regime has trouble keeping a lid on things.


Amid all the chaos the British consul goes missing, and Special Branch Seymour is sent to find him. Born to an immigrant family

Overview

Trieste in 1906 is of vital strategic importance and one of the world's greatest seaports. But assorted nationalist movements are threatening to pull the place apart and the militarist regime has trouble keeping a lid on things.


Amid all the chaos the British consul goes missing, and Special Branch Seymour is sent to find him. Born to an immigrant family in London's East End, Seymour has an acute linguistic ear - crucial in turn-of-the-century Trieste. As he attempts to solve the riddle of the consul's disappearance, Seymour discovers dark and disturbing corners of the city and finds that it holds the secrets of his own family's past.

Praise for Michael Pearce's A Dead Man in . . . series

'The steady pace, atmospheric design, and detailed description re-create a complicated city. A recommended historical series' Library Journal

'Sheer fun' The Times

'His sympathetic portrayal of an unfamiliar culture, impeccable historical detail and entertaining dialogue make enjoyable reading' Sunday Telegraph

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Pearce, creator of the acclaimed Mamur Zapt historical series (The Camel of Destruction, etc.), makes the case for a larger fan base with this first in a new series, set early in the 20th century amid the growing erosion of the power of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the burgeoning Balkan conspiracies that will eventually spark WWI. The British foreign office plucks Sandor Seymour of Special Branch from Whitechapel and assigns him to surreptitiously investigate the disappearance of Lomax, the British consul in Trieste, a major seaport for the empire. Posing as a lowly king's messenger who's just passing through town, the affable and matter-of-fact sleuth quickly manages to insinuate himself into the missing man's bohemian circle of artists and revolutionaries. Those contacts soon prove invaluable when Lomax's corpse surfaces and Seymour must battle competing local police forces to solve the murder. Fans will find Seymour quite familiar, since like Gareth Owen, the hero of Pearce's Egyptian series, he is adept at mixing detection with diplomacy. Pearce again demonstrates his skill at making the past come alive and at seamlessly weaving actual political intrigues into his plot. (Nov. 2) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dogged detective work in politically unstable Trieste, circa 1910. When Lomax, the British consul stationed in Trieste, vanishes, the Foreign Office calls on Seymour to find him. The Special Branch officer, whose main recommendation for the job is a facility with languages, is soon mired in warring factions. Although the Austrians claim Trieste falls within their bailiwick, the Italians disagree, as do the Serbs, the Croats, the Herzegovinians, and the motley group of avant-garde artists and provocateurs Lomax spends his days with in the cafes of the Plaza Grande. Was Lomax too sympathetic to one of these interests, too enamored of the artist's model Maddalena? Lomax's assistant Koskash says no, but then why was Lomax forging papers to sneak dissenters out of the country under British protection? The local police under Insp Kornbluth seem dumbfounded, but the secret police headed by Schneider zero in on a gala at the Casa Revoltella crashed by strong-arm Rakic. Rakic's boss Machnich, owner of the Edison cinema and a staunch Serbian partisan, was seen yelling at the soon-to-vanish Lomax. As anarchists throw bombs and artists plan a futuristic exhibition, Schneider balefully interrogates poor Koskash and Seymour keeps investigating until he makes sense of Lomax and the Balkan/Austro-Hungarian/Italian situation. The author of the much-loved Mamur Zapt series (The Fig Tree Murder, 2003, etc.) scores again with this first in a series: a dry cocktail of pre-WWI European territorial impasses, naifs, and an old-fashioned puzzle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472126061
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
09/15/2016
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
406 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Pearce was raised in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, where his fascination for language began. He later trained as a Russian interpreter but moved away from languages to follow an academic career, first as a lecturer in English and the History of Ideas, and then as an administrator. He has a strong interest in human rights and in languages, both of which feature indirectly in his new series. Michael Pearce now lives in South-West London.

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