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AMANDA PRANTERA was born and brought up in East Anglia. She went to Italy for a brief holiday when she was twenty and has lived there ever since. She has written eight previous novels, the most recent of which is Zoe Trope.

Amanda Prantera

Letter To Lorenzo

JACKET NOTES:  Start with a bang, are the first words of Amanda Prantera’s compelling new novel - and this she has done with a ferocity that reverberates throughout the book.

Juliet, the English wife of a Roman industrialist, Lorenzo Gherardi, is woken in the middle of the night by a telephone call to learn that her husband has just died in a bomb explosion to the north of the city while at the wheel of his car. Due to his left-wing views, the public, friends, even Lorenzo's mother have suspicions that he has been transporting explosives for terrorists. This is the era of the Red Brigades and any involvement in terrorism carries severe punishment.

Juliet is grilled by a magistrate called Carosi - a sinister character, to her, with a sulphurous whiff of Pluto about him. How can she prove that her husband is innocent, and that she is innocent - that it was almost certainly the Neofascists who planted the bomb to discredit the Left? Can she cushion her son from pain and block family interference as she frantically digs for the truth? But the car bomb isn't the only big bang to rip through Juliet's life.

This is a gripping tale of attraction and betrayal. Prantera also takes a steady look at political posturing - the fudging of language and the drossy morality that can lure people into dangerous action. As always, Prantera's characterisation and sense of drama are perfectly tuned, the elegance of her storytelling a joy.
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