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Venetian Bird

(1951)
(Bird of Prey)
A novel by

 
Edward Mercer's mission had seemed so simple. A benevolent, unknown American father wished to repay a debt of gratitude to the man who rescued his son during the war. A man who carried the broken-legged boy for two days through snow to receive the medical help he desperately needed. A man who then disappeared. A hero. That man was Gian Uccello.

Mercer, an ageing man for hire struggling to maintain his relevance in a young person's world, heads to Venice to track down Uccello. However, finding him proves no easy task as his search unearths secrets, lies, assumed identities and an incendiary conspiracy. Surrounded by beautiful women, vicious gangsters, disbelieving police and precious few allies, he finds himself falling down a rabbit hole he never saw coming. But Edward Mercer is a "stubborn and stupid man" who won't be bought off nor accept the constant lies he is fed, so he pursues the case to its tense and potentially fatal conclusion.

The colourful Venetian background is brilliantly drawn and the story unfolds with the speed, realism, excitement and suspense which one expects from Victor Canning, a master story-teller.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1985 : UK Hardback
Title: Venetian Bird (New Portway Large Print)
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-85119-310-2 / 978-0-85119-310-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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November 1975 : UK Hardback
Title: Venetian Bird
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-434-10778-6 / 978-0-434-10778-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Venetian Bird (Bello)
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 1-4472-4318-8 / 978-1-4472-4318-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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January 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Venetian Bird
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 1-84262-165-3 / 978-1-84262-165-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dales Large Print
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1968 : UK Paperback
Title: Venetian bird (Classics of detection and adventure)
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-340-04476-4 / 978-0-450-00039-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Venetian Bird (Bello)
Author(s): Victor Canning
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK   



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