The Strange Death of a Romantic by Jim Williams
© 2002-2017
Set in Italy

CRIMNI - Italian Noir


Paul Adam
 Unhold Trinity
Oliver Banks
 The Caravaggio Obsession
Tonino Benacquista
 Holy Smoke
Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini
 The Sunday Woman
Marcello Fois
 The Advocate
Leslie Forbes
 Waking Raphael
Luca di Fulvio
 The Mannequin Man
Carlo Emilio Gadda
 That Awful Mess on Via Merulana
Giuseppe Genna
 In the Name of Ishmael
Kelly Jones
 The Lost Madonna
Amara Lakhous
 Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Dacia Maraini
William D. Montalbano
Magdalen Nabb
  & Paolo Vagheggi
 The Prosecutor
Ottavio Cappellani
 Who Is Lou Sciortino?
 Sicilian Tragedee
Ben Pastor
 Liar Moon
Alessandro Perissinotto
 Blood Sisters
Ellis Peters
 Holiday with Violence
Juan Manuel de Prada
 The Tempest
Giampiero Rigosi
 Night Bus
Giorgio Scerbanenco
 Duca and the Milan Murders
Leonardo Sciascia
 A Man's Blessing
 Equal Danger
 The Day of the Owl
T.C. Van Adler
 St. Agatha's Breast


Jim Williams

JIM WILLIAMS is a lawyer but in his spare time is an avid student of history. He is the author of three other books--written under the pseudonym Richard Hugo--including ‘Farewell to Russia’ and ‘Lara’s Child’. He travels extensively and speaks French. German, Italian and Spanish. He is happily married and lives in Stockport.
Set in La Spezia

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The Strange Death of a Romantic

JACKET NOTES:  In 1822 the poet Shelley drowned in a sailing disaster near the Italian town of La Spezia. Or was he murdered? Closer examination of the facts suggests that Shelley's death may have been far from accidental.
Just over a century later, young doctor Guy Parrot and his glamorous new friends pass a summer it La Spezia.The actor Ambrose Carmody the poet Lewis Lockyer, the bootlegger Jackie Ferris, the socialite Margot Davenant, and the beautiful, enigmatic Julia Carradine while away the evenings at the Villa Esperanza in elaborate parlour games, speculating on the truth behind Shelley's demise. But just as the poet's death conceals dark and secret tensions, so too a sinister subtext lurks behind the group's seemingly innocent diversions, and Guy's Italian summer ends in a death, a disappearance, and a devastating love affair that conspire to destroy his emotional and mental wellbeing...
In the aftermath of war Guy returns as an officer to La Spezia.There he is forced to confront the shadows of that summer of 1930, to reconstruct the past and in so doing save his failing marriage from emotional sterility. But death and deception are never far from La Spezia--as Guy discovers on his return to the Villa Esperanza.
And who murdered Percy Shelley? Williams reveals the killer's identity in this witty and urbane, curious and beguiling novel, blending an intriguing tale of murder-mystery with the sophisticated literary game--playing for which he is renowned.
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