The Telegraph has partnered with WHSmith to highlight the best in popular fiction.This week’s choice is The Abomination by Jonathan Holt, newly released in paperback. The first in the Carnivia trilogy, The Abomination is a compulsive thriller with secrets that were never meant to be uncovered. Readers can claim the book for just £2.99 (RRP £7.99).
Set in two Venices, the modern physical world and its virtual counterpart Carnivia, The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a propulsive tale of murder, corruption, and international intrigue—the first book in an outstanding new trilogy in which Captain Katerina Tapo the youngest female officer of the Venice carabinieri having been assigned to her first murder case, finds a woman dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest who has been strangled and submerged in the waters By the stunning white dome of one of Venice’s grandest landmarks with two slugs in the back of the head.
This desecration becomes known as the Abomination, Captain Kat Tapo embarks on a trail that proves as elusive and complicated as the city’s labyrinthine backstreets What Kat discovers a dark conspiracy linking the CIA and the Catholic Church which will test her loyalties and remind her of a simple truth: Unless old crimes are punished, corrupt forces will continue to repeat their mortal sins
Meanwhile lieutenant Holly Boland of the US Army , who spent her childhood in Italy. returns and finds herself conscripted by the intelligence forces to investigate the murder of a female activist. A woman whose body has also been given to the sea…Carnivia is a virtual Venice – a city within the city – where anyone may conduct another life, outside the rule of law. Where the identities of two dead women lie hidden in plain sight…