A Dead Man in Trieste

A Dead Man in Trieste

Book - 2004 | 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
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From award-winning British author, Michael Pearce, comes the first in a new series introducing Seymour of Special Branch. Trieste in 1906 is one of Europe's great seaports, the Austrian Empire's main outlet to the Mediterranean and the world beyond. But various nationalist movements are threatening to pull the place apart. The heavy-handed militarist regime has trouble keeping a lid on it, the secret police are everywhere, and now the British consul has gone missing. Was this the result of an ill-advised liaison? Could he have fallen afoul of the secret police, or the even more secret revolutionaries? The Austrian police are of course investigating, but the Foreign Office would prefer this matter to be handled with sensitivity. Britain has commercial interests in the port after all, so perhaps it would be wise to send someone out--someone very special from Special Branch who is capable of speaking the relevant languages; a good officer, but not someone British. That someone should be born here, lived here, but a member of, say, an East End immigrant family from somewhere in Europe. You can never quite rely on them. A bit dubious really, but just the man for the job.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780786714650
0786714654
Branch Call Number: FIC PEARCE
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 23 cm.

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SuspectOwls
Feb 07, 2016

I stumbled upon this when I was looking for Jan Morris's book on Trieste. I read it hoping for a sense of the atmosphere of Trieste, which this book does have. If you enjoy Alan Furst or Steven Saylor you will probably like this book. The tone is more arch but this is the classic highly competent outsider solving problems of the ruling class.

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