In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man.
St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: October 3, 2017
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Women's Fiction Historical | Suspense Spy
Giulia has been an orphan all her life. Raised in
Florence's famous Ospedale degli Innocenti, her probing
questions and insubordinate behavior made her an
unwelcome presence, and at the age of fifteen, she was
given an awful choice: become a nun, or be married off to
a man she didn't love. She chose neither, and after
refusing an elderly suitor, Guilia escaped onto the
streets of Florence.
Now, after spending two years as a successful pickpocket,
an old man catches her about to make off with his purse,
and rather than having her carted off to prison he offers
her a business proposition. The man claims to be a
cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic,
who works for the most powerful families in Florence. But
his identity is secret―he is known only as "the Magician
of Florence"―and he is in need of an assistant. She
accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans
throughout the city.
But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is
the Magician. When Giulia's involvement with him ends
with his murder, she's drawn into a treacherous web of
espionage and deceit involving the forces of Rome,
Naples, and a man known as Lorenzo the Magnificent.
Accused of the Magician's murder, Giulia is pursued by
the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo's henchmen, and
foreign spies, and in order to survive, she must not only
solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's
murder, but that of her own past.
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