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The Four Horsemen

Crime & Mystery, Historical Fiction, Thriller
Publication Date
13 July 2017
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
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Birlinn Ltd

The Four Horsemen

The Alvise Marangon Mysteries - Book 2
by Gregory Dowling - Find out more about the author


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‘Among the best of the ancient Venice thrillers are Gregory Dowling’s two Alvise Marangon mysteries’ –

'Dowling depicts Venice beautifully ... The Four Horsemen is a pacey, enjoyable thriller with an excellent sense of location, entertaining characters and a satisfying twist. Great fun to read' – Historical Novel Society

‘Everything a lover of [historical fiction] could wish for. …Pulsating with intrigue, it whisks the reader from mystery to mystery through the streets of fog-bound Venice and culminates in a gripping climax’ – Sunday Post

'Dowling’s sense of place and his ability to draw a variety of characters make this an engaging visit to La Serenissima’ – Ruth Morse,

After saving the Venetian Republic in Ascension, reluctant spy Alvise Marangon returns in this second adventure, played out once again in the carnivalesque atmosphere of eighteenth-century Venice.

After Alvise is arrested in a tavern brawl, he is summoned to meet the Missier Grande, head of the city's powerful secret service. Rather than being expelled from the city, he is coerced into a top-secret investigation of the mysterious death of one of the service's agents. This death seems to be connected with a mysterious secret society – The Four Horsemen – whose roots go back to the fall of Constantinople, or perhaps even earlier.

But as he oversteps the bounds in his investigations, Alvise finds that he has not only The Four Horsemen against him but also the authorities of the Republic itself. And so he is forced to go on the run, becoming both the seeker and the sought, amid the tangle of Venice's back-streets and canals and the outlying islands of the lagoon.

Gregory Dowling is Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has published four novels, co-edited two anthologies of poetry, and written various non-fiction books and academic articles on Italian, British and American literature. He has a special interest in British and American writers in Italy, from the Romantic age onwards.