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Shooter in the Shadows Scenes from a Venetian story

Shooters in the Shadows is set in Venice, but mostly in a part of it visitors never see. Saint Mark’s Square and the Rialto play no role and we only move to the city proper towards the end of the tale. Instead, mostly the narrative takes place on a remote island in the deserted north of the lagoon beyond Torcello and Burano.

Here the writer Tom Honeyman has locked himself away without any access to the outside world in the hope of saving his career. Instead, he has an unwanted intruder, and a threatening deadline. Tom made his money naming the killer in a vicious murder in his home town Prosper in upstate New York. But the individual who's infiltrated himself onto Tom's island says he fingered the wrong man. Without access to the outside world, no phone, no internet, no means of escape, Tom must name the real villain... or lose his life.

Shooter in the Shadows will be available in e-book, print and audio on Amazon, with pre-orders for the e-book open now at the special lockdown price of $2.99/£2.49. Pre-order on Amazon US and Amazon UK now, please see local Amazon stores for other areas.

Venice, lagoon sunset. Tom’s one means of escape is a small boat. But soon it’s gone, destroyed by a malicious intruder who says the true crime book that made Tom rich was based on a lie.
From the distant reaches of the lagoon, the city and safety are a distant dream.

The lagoon is central to the character of this unique city. A vast stretch of water covering 212 square miles.

For residents this is their daily commute in a city which doesn’t even see a bicycle.

Busy vaporetti ply the canals 24 hours a day.

And the Alilaguna ferry will even pick you up at the airport, though many locals take the faster, cheaper road bus.

Venice is transformed by the seasons. In winter, often a Turner painting.

And at Xmas Santas climb a tree in Castello.

But Tom Honeyman has bought himself a dilapidated villa in the remote north, a very different place altogether.

Car ferries serve the Lido, the only part of the lagoon where road traffic is allowed.

Head north and you're in much wilder territory.

Smaller boats reach Burano and Torcello, but no public transport goes further into the marshy islands beyond where Tom finds himself.

Burano is Tom’s closest hope of rescue but he's lost his boat.

Though since this is still Italy a delicious lunch, essential for the real-life author on a research trip, is never far away.

Burano attracts plenty of visitors for its colourful houses and lace making museum.

And it's a spot photographers love.

That church tower must be one of the wonkiest in the lagoon.

Walk over the bridge to neighbouring Mazzorbo and you'll find this unusual sculpture in a small local vineyard with accommodation and a restaurant.

But Tom's search for isolation to write has taken him much further.

Into the abandoned tiny islands of the lagoon.

And here's the derelict villa I used as the spark of this story.

A grand place one, now abandoned. And opposite Ai Cacciatori on Mazzorbo where I ate that lovely pasta above.

Here is where Tom Honeyman's dream of rediscovering his muse in the seclusion of the Venetian lagoon end.

He's no long writing to save his career.

He's writing to save his life.

Available in e-book, print and audio on Amazon, with pre-orders for the e-book open now at the special lockdown price of $2.99/£2.49. Pre-order on Amazon US and Amazon UK now, please see local Amazon stores for other areas.

Created By
David Hewson
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