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Curtis, Howard 1949-

Overview
Works: 83 works in 238 publications in 2 languages and 14,699 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Legal stories  Novels  Suspense fiction  Biographical fiction  War stories  History 
Roles: Translator, Author
Classifications: PQ4867.I7998, 853.92
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Most widely held works by Howard Curtis
Mary of Nazareth : a novel by Marek Halter( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancient world and its politics come to life through the eyes of a young Jewish woman, Mary of Nazareth ... Miriam?also known as Mary?was born into a Palestine oppressed by Herod the Great; she is accustomed to living with uncertainty and unrest. But when her beloved father is wrongly imprisoned by the Romans, she takes action. She calls upon a well-known rebel by the name of Barabbas, and together they set out to save her father. A daring escape is accomplished and, against staggering odds, Miriam?s father is saved from crucifixion. Barabbas, flush with the success of the rescue, is intent on leading a full-scale rebellion against Herod and the Romans. Along with Mary and her father, he speaks before Jewish leaders who have gathered from various communities. Miriam feels great frustration as the men endlessly debate morality, the wisdom of rebellion, and the nature of God?s will. Having almost lost her father, and knowing she will be ostracized, she nevertheless speaks out against the use of violence. And to her surprise, one man, Joseph, listens. He offers to take her to Magdala, where she will be allowed to study in the company of intelligent, well-read women. This rare opportunity sets into motion a series of events that will change Miriam?s life?and the history of the Jewish people?forever. Based on extensive historical and biblical scholarship, Mary of Nazareth is a revealing, utterly captivating portrait of a woman whose story we only thought we knew
The lost girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl has mysteriously disappeared in Rome. As rain lashes the ancient streets, two men, Clemente and Marcus, sit in a cafe near the Piazza Navona and pore over the details of the case. They are members of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique Italian team, linked to the Vatican, and trained in the detection of true evil. But they are not alone. Sandra - a brilliant forensics expert with a tragic past - is also working on the case. When her path crosses theirs, not only do they make headway in the case of the missing girl, but they also uncover a terrible secret world, hidden in the dark recesses of Rome. A world that is as perfect as it is evil
A walk in the dark by Gianrico Carofiglio( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend--the son of a powerful local judge--of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf and one lawyer after another refuses to represent her. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor deny an attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice
The dark heart of Florence by Michele Giuttari( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After enduring years at the mercy of an infamous serial killer, the people of Florence are relieved at the news of his death. When a senator and his butler are found brutally murdered, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara suspects that the case isn't closed. He becomes trapped in a spiral of vendettas and corruption, a powerful adversary conspiring against him from the shadows
Total chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Claude Izzo's ... growing literary renown and huge sales are leading to a recognizable new trend in continental fiction: the rise of the sophisticated Mediterranean thriller. ... Caught between pride and crime, racism and fraternity, tragedy and light, messy urbanization and generous beauty, the city for detective Fabio Montale is a Utopia, an ultimate port of call for exiles. There, he is torn between fatalism and revolt, despair and sensualism. - The Economist This first installment in the legendary "Marseilles Trilogy" sees Fabio Montale turning his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and taking the fight against the mafia into his own hands. Jean-Claude Izzo achieved astoundingly rapid success with his "Marseilles Trilogy". He died in Marseilles in 2000 at the age of 55
A death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered. Scantily dressed, she is lying by the edge of the woods. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, takes the case. Because toxins were discovered in the girl's body, many assume that she died of a drug overdose. But Ferrara quickly realizes that the truth is darker than that: he believes the girl was murdered.--From back cover
Uncle Charles has locked himself in by Georges Simenon( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Dupeux, a humble book-keeper, comes home from work as usual but instead of sitting down to dinner, he locks himself in the attic. Precise details are given of the seedy, prosaic, unsentimental world of the French suburbs in this tale of "human suffering and depravity."
The officers' ward by Marc Dugain( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first days of shooting in 1914, Officer Adrien F., a lieutenant in the French army, is hit by mortar fire and part of his face is blasted away. Never to know the terrible hardships his comrades will suffer in the trenches, he is sent to a hospital on the outskirts of Paris to a closed ward without mirrors, specifically reserved for those who have been disfigured. Adrien's world becomes this one room, and his war the endless round of pain and reconstructive surgery. But among these men a special bond of friendship is created, and when their select group is joined by a beautiful woman, Adrien discovers that hope and humanity and humor can endure even in there, in the officer's ward. "The Officer's Ward won the Prix des Libraires, the Prix Deux Magots, the Prix Notre tremps, the Prix Litterarire du Rotary Club International and the Prix du Rotary Premier Roman. It was also shortlisted for the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise
The African equation by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kurt Krausmann's settled existence as a Frankfurt doctor is torn apart when his wife commits suicide. Unable to make sense of what happened, he agrees to join his friend Hans on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. But as they sail through the Gulf of Aden their boat is boarded by pirates. The two men are taken hostage and imprisoned in a cave on the East African coast. Their ordeal is just beginning: the hostile kidnappers and environment will test their endurance to the limit. Through all of this, even as he focuses on survival and escape, what can Kurt learn about his captors, the land he's been brought to and, more importantly, himself?"--Front book flap
The silence of the wave by Gianrico Carofiglio( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An under-cover Roman policeman ravaged by guilt meets a woman on the run from her past. Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot for his appointment with his psychiatrist. There he sits in silence, flooded by memories of a past that has left him devastated. A chance meeting with a woman named Emma, also ravaged by a profound guilt, begin to painfully revive him
The past is a foreign country by Gianrico Carofiglio( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As world-weary Lieutenant Chiti spends sleepless nights hunting for the serial rapist terrorizing his city, trainee lawyer Giorgio is befriended by dangerously charismatic Francesco. Slowly the innocent Giorgio is lured into a corrupt world of beautiful women and casual violence. Then one terrifying night Giorgio is forced to realize just how far he has left his past behind
A death in Calabria by Michele Giuttari( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy, known for its rugged coastline and mountains, Calabria is also home to the deadly 'Ndrangheta. An organized Mafia crime operation more feared in Italy than the Cosa Nostra or the Camorra, it is shrouded in mystery. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of Italy's elite Anti-Mafia Investigation Department is tasked with investigating the deaths of several Calabria citizens--some in New York, some in the small, isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside. To get to the bottom of the case, Ferrara has to infiltrate the village of San Piero d'Aspromonte, deep in the Calabrian mountains. And there, he must put his life on the line to learn more about a family at the center of an ancient, bloody feud
Traitors to all by Giorgio Scerbanenco( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lawyer who has spent time in prison with Duca is found drowned in one of the Milanese canals. Duca is contacted by a friend of the dead lawyer to perform surgery on a woman who after the operation confesses that although she is due to marry a wealthy butcher, is really in love with another man, the friend of the lawyer. Shortly afterwards, she is killed together with her lover. Duca discovers that the two events are linked and starts to unravel an arms and drugs trafficking business, centered in an understated trattoria, of which the two were part
The black rose of Florence by Michele Giuttari( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beautiful young woman, a member of the Florentine jet set, is found dead - choked to death - in her apartment. She has been left naked on her bed, a black rose on her body. Chief Superindendent Michele Ferrara, just back from Rome, is all too familiar with the dark side of Florence. But he is up against a mysterious, powerful enemy who would do anything to hide his identity, and manages to controls events at every turn. As more violent deaths occur, Ferrara has to face the most insidious investigation in all his career and must confront deadly secrets from his own past
Zulu by Caryl Férey( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a child, Ali Neuman ran away from home to escape the Inkatha, a militant political party at war with the then-underground African National Congress. He and his mother are the only members of his family that survived the carnage of those years and the psychological scars remain.? Today, Neuman is chief of the homicide branch of the Cape Town police, a job in which he must do battle with South Africa?s two scourges: widespread violence and AIDS. When the mutilated corpse of a young white woman is found in the city?s botanical gardens, Neuman?s job gets even more difficult. He is chasing one false lead after another when a second corpse, again that of a white woman, is found. This time, the body bears signs of a Zulu ritual. A new evil has insinuated itself into this recently integrated city. And a new drug: traces of an unknown narcotic have been found in the blood of both victims. The investigation will take Neuman back to his homeland, where he will discover that the once bloody killing fields have become the ideal no-man?s land for unscrupulous multinationals, and that the apparatchiks of apartheid still lurk in the shadows and the back rooms of a society struggling toward reconciliation. Soon to be a major motion picture
A sun for the dying by Jean-Claude Izzo( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homeless Rico travels from Paris to Marseilles, seeking warmth both of the climate and of the soul
Solea by Jean-Claude Izzo( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ex-cop, loner, and would-be bon vivant, Fabio Montale is back. His heartfelt cry against the criminal forces devastating his beloved Marseilles provides the touching conclusion to a trilogy that epitomizes the aspirations and ideals of the Mediterranean noir movement
The death of a Mafia don by Michele Giuttari( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile. The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations. Ferrara was clearly the target - and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua. A week later, another bomb explodes - bringing tragedy for Ferrara and a determination to find the culprit. But that same morning, Salvatore Laprua is found dead in his prison cell. So who is the mysterious influence behind the bombings - someone even the Mafia fear?
Who is Lou Sciortino? by Ottavio Cappellani( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cappellani's wildly entertaining Mafia comedy takes readers into the unhinged world of a family that makes the Sopranos look like the Waltons in this exhilarating debut from one of Italy's brightest young talents
The brotherhood of book hunters by Raphaël Jérusalmy( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"François Villon, wayward poet and notorious outlaw, disappeared from view in 1436, aged 32. Nothing is known of what happened to him after he was banished from France. Jerusalmy's novel starts where the history books cut out, finding Villon as he languishes in jail. To escape execution, he enters into a questionable relationship with a bishop in the pay of Louis XI. All Villon has to do to earn his freedom is to convince a printer and bookseller to move from Mayence to Paris, telling him that by doing so he'll be better able to circulate progressive ideas that aren't approved of in Rome. But, not surprisingly, Villon's task is not as simple as it sounds. Part spy novel, part bibliographic treaty, with a good measure of subversion and poetry thrown in, and the odd hoax, The Brotherhood of Book Hunters blends history and legend in a rich, complex tale of plots and counterplots."--
 
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Mary of Nazareth : a novel
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Ховард Кертис

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A walk in the darkTotal chaosA death in TuscanyUncle Charles has locked himself inThe officers' wardThe past is a foreign countryA death in CalabriaZulu