The View From The Tower

The View From The Tower

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by Charles Lambert
     
 

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'Can she trust them? Can you?'

Helen is in a hotel room with her lover in Rome, when a gunman murders her husband, a high-level politician, less than a mile away.

Helen immediately finds herself both a suspect and suspicious of those around her - including her friends and her husband's family, and her lover, Giacomo, an ex-terrorist with a

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'Can she trust them? Can you?'

Helen is in a hotel room with her lover in Rome, when a gunman murders her husband, a high-level politician, less than a mile away.

Helen immediately finds herself both a suspect and suspicious of those around her - including her friends and her husband's family, and her lover, Giacomo, an ex-terrorist with a new wife and a reinvented life.

As Helen struggles to understand her husband's death and the extent to which she and the people she knows may have been responsible for it, she is forced to examine her own past and peel back the years of secrets and lies.

The View From the Tower is a gripping psychological thriller about love and betrayal, certain to appeal to fans of le Carre and William Boyd.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...a superb, deeply thought-out book written by an author who recognizes the darkness of the human heart."
– Betty Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine

“A sophisticated literary thriller.”
The Guardian

“Honest, sharp, beautifully written.”
- Ann Cleeves, award-winning author of the Shetland series and Vera novels

“A crippling tale of love, loss, redemption, violence, and political intrigue. THE VIEW FROM THE TOWER is a slow burning crime novel that’s more about retrospective relationships post death than the mystery surrounding the identity and motives of a killer.”
- Just A Guy That Likes To Read

“Another cracking novel from Charles Lambert that transports the reader to Rome, the everyday Rome that often only the locals are ‘privileged’ to experience…The things I love about Charles’ writing are the great style and the little vignettes that pepper the prose, whether it is the nugget of description of Helen and Federico’s dream house, seen from their train compartment; or descriptions of that typical italian marble used for flooring which is “.. a sort of mottled marble, like one of those fatty salamis cut into slices and squared off into tiles” (perfect, I can visualise it now!); or the road to Ostia Antica, the Via del Mare with its dappled light and fast cars, and which is deemed to be the most dangerous road in the country. When you read Charles’s work, you just KNOW you are in Italy!”
- Trip Fiction

“It’s about a murder, and the lead up to and consequences of that act. But it’s also about relationships. It’s about the parts of ourselves we keep hidden, even from those closest to us.”
- Cheap Thrills

“If you are looking for a character-driven story with a political viewpoint then this may well be the book for you to help start this new year off.”
- So So Gay

Praise and Reviews for Any Human Face:“a slow-burning, beautifully written crime story that brings to life the Rome that tourists don’t see – luckily for them.”
- Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

“Immensely impressive… holds you completely enthralled throughout.”
The Bookseller

“Lambert’s writing is expressive and finely tuned; he has a flair for characterisation and a sense of place which goes down very well…”
Sunday Business Post

“It’s a wonderful book, beautifully written.”
- Euro Crime

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909223684
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
198,194
File size:
712 KB

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Meet the Author

Charles Lambert was born in England and educated at Cambridge, but has lived in Italy for more than twenty years.

His short fiction has been shortlisted for the Willesden Short Story Prize and his story 'The Scent of Cinnamon' won him an O. Henry Prize.

His most recent novel Any Human Face was described by the Bookseller as ñimmensely impressive holds you completely enthralled throughoutî and in The Telegraph Jake Kerridge described it as ña slow-burning, beautifully written crime story that brings to life the Rome that tourists don't see - luckily for them.î

The View From the Tower and The Folding World continue this suspenseful exploration of Rome's dark side.

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The View From The Tower 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was hard to follow then it ends abruptly. Never really knew what was going on or why. I didn't like it.