City of Vengeance

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What to expect

Shortlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

City of Vengeance is an explosive debut novel in an historical thriller series by D. V. Bishop, set in Renaissance Florence.

An impressive and immersive debut set in a beautifully realized sixteenth-century Florence’ – Antonia Hodgson

A first-class historical thriller . . . Bishop’s spirited and richly detailed story is a tour-de-force’ – David Baldacci

Florence. Winter, 1536. A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth.

Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the Renaissance city’s most feared criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder: catch the killer before the feast of Epiphany – or suffer the consequences.

During his investigations Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the volatile ruler of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival officer of the court is determined to expose details about Aldo’s private life that could lead to his ruin. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?

Richly atmospheric . . . transports you to another time and place’ – Ambrose Parry, author of The Way of All Flesh

Continue the historical series with The Darkest Sin.

Critics Review

  • An impressive and immersive debut set in a beautifully realized sixteenth-century Florence. Investigator Cesare Aldo is a fascinating and charismatic protagonist. Highly recommended

    Antonia Hodgson
  • A first-class historical thriller with echoes of The Name of the Rose. Bishop’s spirited and richly detailed story, layered with issues of humanity that still bedevil society today, is a tour-de-force and clearly demonstrates the sixteenth century was as full of thrills and mysteries as the twenty-first, perhaps even a shade more

    David Baldacci
  • Richly atmospheric . . . transports you to another time and place

    Ambrose Parry, author of The Way of All Flesh
  • So fluid and fluent, the pages almost turn themselves . . . Aldo is a great creation, resourceful, driven and forced to hide who he really is, but nevertheless is compelled to find justice for those who deserve it

    James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series
  • Cross-dressing, torture, oodles of violence — this pungent example of historical noir has the lot

    The Times
  • Brings to life the 16th century Italian city, from the rankest taverns in its darkest alleys to the corridors of power showing a city of art and literature that is also riddled with corruption, anti-Semitism and violence

    Evening Standard

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