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Venetian Mask

Venetian Mask

(1987)
A novel by

 
Mickey Friedman, the widely acclaimed author of "Paper Phoenix", "The Fault Tree" and "Hurricane Season", returns with her most compelling, accomplished novel yet. Carnival has been resuscitated in all its decadent glory in recent years, and the annual festival of drinking, dancing, and revelry is now the ultimate tourist attraction. WHAT BETTER PLACE TO SHAKE OFF THE WINTER DOLDRUMS? And in that luscious, heady setting, what better place to lose yourself in disguise, to be the person you've always imagined you could be - and perhaps to discover who you really are? Six friends think they know each other so well. But how well can anyone really know anyone else? The friends devise an innocent game that will give them the answer, and they choose Carnival as the perfect setting to play it out. Each will secretly design a costume that represents his or her "own true self"; then they'll meet in disguise at the festival to see if they can identify one another. Will they be able to penetrate each other's disguise? The game gathers a horrible momentum all its own when one of the players is murdered - by someone in the group. Reality suddenly becomes a moot point when no one is who he or she appears to be, when stripping away one disguise only reveals another. Before Carnival is over, the remaining five friends will find their lives irrevocable entangled as they discover strange new truths about themselves and their friendships - if they can stay alive. This haunting, nightmarish, yet hypnotic novel will hold you tightly in its grasp right up to its heart-racing climax. The evocation of Venice in all its splendor and decay, and a plot rich with surprise and invention make this the author's most powerful, thrilling work to date. With "Venetian Mask", Mickey Friedman joins the top rank of suspense writers.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1987 : USA Hardback
Title: Venetian Mask
Author(s): Mickey Friedman
ISBN: 0-684-18783-3 / 978-0-684-18783-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Venetian Mask
Author(s): Mickey Friedman
ISBN: 1-4767-2567-5 / 978-1-4767-2567-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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August 1988 : UK Paperback
Title: Venetian Mask
Author(s): Mickey Friedman
ISBN: 0-14-778336-4 / 978-0-14-778336-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
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August 1988 : UK Paperback
Title: Venetian Mask (Penguin Crime Monthly)
Author(s): Mickey Friedman
ISBN: 0-14-010971-4 / 978-0-14-010971-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin USA (P)
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