The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith - 352 p.
It is early 1945 and Cenzo Vianello, a simple fisherman who just wants to avoid trouble and survive, retrieves an apparently dead girl floating in his lagoon. But things are never as they seem, especially in war time. In his efforts to help someone in the wrong place at the worst time, Cenzo becomes more and more deeply involved with a select circle that includes his movie star/war hero brother, a talented forger, and even a Nazi officer, who endeavor to shape the future of Italy once the war is over.
The author of Gorky Park proves here that he is a master of international suspense told through the individual stories of unforgettable characters.