The Laureate: A Nico Argenti Novel

Kenneth Tentarelli. Kenneth Tentarelli, $12.99 trade paper (332p) ISBN 978-1-79535-518-6
Set in Renaissance Florence, Tentarelli’s impressive debut, a series launch, makes effective use of the period’s intrigues. Cosimo de Medici’s 30-year reign as the leader of the Republic of Florence has just ended with his death in August 1464, leaving a “political vacuum in the Republic.” Nico Argenti, who has recently earned his law degree from the University of Bologna, is drawn into the turmoil when he’s summoned to a meeting with Bartolomeo Scala, the Republic’s second Chancellor. Scala fears that unrest over Cosimo’s successor will make it vulnerable to foreign powers, given reports that some of those jockeying for political leadership are seeking the assistance of other countries. Nico agrees to “gather information in different places as the situation demands” in order to fill in some of the gaps in the Chancery’s intelligence apparatus. This assignment leads to peril and Nico’s involvement in trying to thwart an assassination. Tentarelli makes the setting accessible to neophytes in the service of a page-turning and suspenseful plot. Readers will eagerly await the sequel. (BookLife)
Reviewed on : 05/13/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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