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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Secret of Altamura: Nazi Crimes, Italian Treasure by Dick Rosano is part of a series of mysteries set in Italy. The plot knits two different time lines together through parallel stories with intersecting points. Colonel Bernhard, a corrupt Nazi officer tasked with confiscating Italian art treasures for the Third Reich, lives in 1943. His grandson, Martin, a German art expert, and an Italian-American man from St. Louis named Carlo live in the present day. Martin arrives in Altamura to undo as best as he can the crimes of his grandfather; or so he says. Carlo has come to Altamura to experience Italian culture. The lives, past and present, of these three men will ultimately converge in a gripping climax as secrets and sins are finally revealed.
If you’re a fan of Italy, this book is for you. You’ll see the countryside, taste the food, and live with the people. If you’re a fan of mysteries, this book is for you. It will keep you guessing until the very end. And if you’re a fan of World War II history, this book is for you. You’ll glimpse a part of the Italian campaign through the eyes of the people who lived there. In The Secret of Altamura, Rosano skillfully blends all three themes into one well-written, emotionally engaging narrative that moves at a good pace. His characters are three-dimensional and believable. While there’s tragedy in their lives, there is also triumph. A great story, and one that makes me want to read the other mysteries in the series.