The Curse of Pietro Houdini

The Curse of Pietro Houdini

Hardback Published on: 21/03/2024
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'A brilliantly imagined World War II saga' Kirkus ‘A compellingly chaotic blend of art-heist thriller, wartime adventure, historical epic and coming-of-age drama’ Observer ‘Derek B Miller has crafted an ambitious, sometimes tricksy story full of colourful characters…darkly funny, readable and intelligent’ Times _________________We will lie, cheat, steal, fight, kill, and sin our way to Napoli. We will trust no one but each other, and we will remember that in this place, at this time, there is no way to tell friend from foe.The bombing of Rome in 1943 leaves fourteen-year-old Massimo orphaned and with no choice but to set out on a perilous journey to find his remaining family in Naples. A chance meeting with the mysterious and charismatic Pietro Houdini will deliver both of them to the doors of the monastery of Monte Cassino, a centuries-old haven of contemplation, learning and art.But the abbey is in the path of the relentless Allied advance to Rome. Pietro and Massimo need a plan to survive the coming onslaught and that means out-manoeuvring the Germans who are as interested in the abbey's art collection as in the murder of two of their officers in the town below. For their plan to work, they must dissemble, disguise, and outwit two armies using skills that Pietro has in spades, but as war edges ever closer, it becomes clear that Massimo is not without a surprise or two either...The Curse of Pietro Houdiniis a sweeping tale of resilience, hope and survival which is at once an action-packed adventure heist, an imaginative chronicle of forgotten history and a philosophical coming-of-age story.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857529268
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 611g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm

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The Curse of Pietro Houdini
a moving, sometimes blackly funny, and thought-provoking page-turner.
“The wrinkles around his eyes and on his forehead spoke more of wear than years and I felt his presence to be dramatic and theatrical and magnetic: as thou... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
The Curse of Pietro Houdini
This one is a keeper
Its my privilege to have read an early copy of Derek B Millers epic story, The Curse of Pietro Houdini. In general, I’m not fond of war stories but I’d re... READ MORE
Mary Picken