The International Crime Book Group: Venice Noir

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:30am

Got a taste for crime and a yen for travel? Like being transported by both crafty plots and exotic locales? Then join our group of armchair detectives for a killer discussion of murder and mayhem that spans the globe.

Housing Works Bookstore is partnering with one of Manhattan's premiere independent publishers, Melville House - and their imprint Melville International Crime - to bring you some of the finest in mystery and suspense writing from around the world! Each month, The International Crime Book Group will discuss a novel from the Melville House catalog of thrillers, each set in a different region. Join us in September as we travel to Venice with Venice Noir (edited by Maxim Jakubowski).

The ICBG meets every month in the bookstore's café. It will be hosted by Housing Works Bookstore's resident mystery buff Merril Speck. He will provide discussion questions and lead the meeting. The group is open to all who are interested!

More on Venice Noir (edited by Maxim Jakubowski): Original stories by: Peter James, Emily St. John Mandel, Barbara Baraldi, Mike Hodges, Mary Hoffman, Maria Tronca, Matteo Righetto, Tony Cartano, Francesco Ferracin, Isabella Santacroce, Michelle Lovric, Francesca Mazzucato, Maxim Jakubowski, and Michael Gregorio. Venice is one of the world's most famous cities and an obligatory tourist destination. Now, for the first time, we look beyond the teeming canals and the crumbling palazzos to see the darkness at the heart of La Serenissima, the reality behind the postcards, and a city historically associated with both commerce and death that comes to life in tales of treachery, crime, and lost souls. Venturing beyond St. Mark's Place, the Doges Palace, the Rialto Bridge and all across the still but deadly waters of the lagoon, stories from writers from all corners of the globe evoke the magic, the decay, and the beauty and despair of a city that has always fascinated its hordes of visitors. A dizzy waltz of sun and noir between the countless bridges, gondolas, and historical landmarks will mean you will never think of Venice in the same way again.

Our thanks to Akashic Books for generously donating copies of Venice Noir. It will be available in the bookstore at half price.

For questions about The International Crime Book Club, please e-mail Merril Speck.

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