The Stargazer

The Stargazer

Large Print - 2000
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Bianca Salva, the brilliant and beautiful daughter of a renowned doctor, defies the conventions of Renaissance Venice by practicing medicine among the poor. Visiting the home of a young courtesan, she is shocked to find the lady murdered, stabbed with a dagger bearing the coat of arms of handsome aristocrat Ian Foscari. Clutching the dagger, Bianca looks up to see Foscari himself. In a heartbeat, the dashing Ian concludes that he's caught the murderer red-handed, while Bianca presumes Ian is guilty. Their determination to find the truth becomes a heated match of wits with passion at its core . . .
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : G.K. Hall, 2000
Edition: LARGE PRINT ED
ISBN: 9780783889313
0783889313
Characteristics: 591 p. ; 22cm

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LiteraryEditrix Sep 25, 2013

Egad, this was awful! Tedious, drawn-out drivel. Jarring point of view, clichéd style, grating dialogue. Historical inaccuracies. Vile characters. Holes in the plot as wide as the Grand Canal. Pointless action, beginning with a sham engagement for which there's no plausible explanation. An unreasonable, self-indulgent, petulant "hero" and a weak, stupid, insipid "heroine" going back and forth endlessly over the same "dilemma" of whether to believe the other did or didn't commit the murder (before long we wish they'd kill each other and end our misery!), all the while indulging in contrived and graphic sex scenes the so-called author uses to justify a nonexistent "romance." This is a novel in no sense of the word. If it's being talked about, as Simon and Schuster claims, we're all talking about how bad it is. I've been a book editor for decades and it's one of the worst I've seen.

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