Dante Trap

Paperback | June 3, 2008

byARNAUD DELALANDE

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In Venice, 1756, the city is at the height of its prodigious power. But as the madness of Carnival descends, a dark force stalks the gothic shadows. The body of one of Venice’s brightest actors has been discovered: crucified, lines of verse carved into his chest. And it is not an isolated killing. For the murderer, known only as Chimera, is determined to people the nine circles of Dante’s Inferno with the traitorous, the depraved, and the gluttonous. Only by releasing the Black Orchid—childhood friend of Casanova, rake, gambler, lover, spy, and soon-to-be detective—a man condemned to death for adultery, can the doge of Venice hope to put an end to the grotesque killings. The Black Orchid soon finds himself ensnared in a terrible game of cat and mouse. As the streets of Venice fill with masked Carnivalgoers, and as the Orchid’s old enemies—and old lovers—return to haunt him, he is drawn further into the Inferno, to the heart of a secret sect and a plot to bring about the downfall of Venice.

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In Venice, 1756, the city is at the height of its prodigious power. But as the madness of Carnival descends, a dark force stalks the gothic shadows. The body of one of Venice’s brightest actors has been discovered: crucified, lines of verse carved into his chest. And it is not an isolated killing. For the murderer, known only as Chimer...

Thirty-five-year-old Arnaud Delalande is a screenwriter and author whose first novel, The Underground Notre Dame, has been translated into several languages. His other novels are The Church of Satan and The Music of the Dead. He lives in France.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.1 × 6.2 × 1 inPublished:June 3, 2008Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143053477

ISBN - 13:9780143053477

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Plodding and boring I had high hopes for this, since I like both Dante and Venice. Unfortunately the book is verbose, with long, painfully drawn-out philisophical diatribes on things like "the nature of evil" and unnecessarily detailed descriptions of the political situation in Venice at the time. Neither of these things adds anything useful to the hunt for the murderer. I was really bored by this book. Characters that should have been fascinating and quirky were just there. It's really a slog to get through this book and the story just isn't worth the effort.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Virgil and Lucifer? This book sounded promising, but was actually ridiculous (what can you expect when the main character is called ‘the Black Orchid’...). For the first 100 or so pages it was bearable, but then things just got foolish (characters coming back from the dead, etc.). It was repetitive, clumsy and not even remotely suspenseful, so only read it if you’re up for a laugh.
Date published: 2008-06-02