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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
The Vienna Connection is an amazing crime novel where mystery and good wine interweave to create an enjoyable story. It all begins with Darren Priest, also known as Armando Listrani, an ex-U.S. Army intelligence officer hired by the President of the United States to investigate an unknown person who holds secret information that could put him and his family in jeopardy. Priest leaves for Vienna, where he pretends to be just a wine writer. Powerful people are worried about his investigations and try to interfere with them. The escalation of events becomes more and more dangerous. Will Priest be able to extricate himself from the ingenious mix of intrigue and mystery and find out the truth?
What I liked the most about The Vienna Connection is its atmosphere. Suspense and mystery make it more and more gloomy, but Rosano’s way of writing is dynamic. The plot is fast-paced and enthralling. Rosano leads the reader to the end of the story with remarkable lucidity and precision. The fact that Priest disguises himself as a wine writer allows charming digressions about Italian restaurants, but without diverting the reader’s attention from the main story. I also applaud the representation of the characters. They include powerful people as politicians and ambassadors, and friends that may turn out to be unreliable – in short, they are a heterogeneous and interesting group. The Vienna Connection is a novel that readers fascinated by mystery will enjoy, and perhaps they will wash it down with a glass of good wine.