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S&H Publishing
High Quality Fiction for the Contemporary Woman
Intelligent, curious, imaginative, and willing to learn and explore. Not defined by genre or age, she is practical one moment, dreaming the next, searching for answers on one hand and moving forward with confidence on the other.
S&H Publishing
High Quality Fiction for the Contemporary Woman
Intelligent, curious, imaginative, and willing to learn and explore. Not defined by genre or age, she is practical one moment, dreaming the next, searching for answers on one hand and moving forward with confidence on the other.
45th-Nail

The 45th Nail

Michael Lahey & Ian Lahey

Historical Fiction Political Fiction

Dead Men Don’t Send Christmas Cards ... Or Do They?
A Christmas card from Italy arrived on Robert Svenson’s desk. There was no return address, but when Bob opened the card, it was signed by his uncle, James Savorski. Nice, except for the fact that Uncle Jim was declared MIA back in ’44. Forty years later he’s sending solid gold Etruscan amulets for Christmas presents? Bob resolved to travel to Italy to see if he could find his long lost uncle.
How does one find a dead man in Italy without knowing the language or having an address? All Bob knew was that losing his luggage and his money the first night in Rome didn’t help. Then he found himself picking his way through a minefield of old scars and memories of war.
Along the way he journeys through Italy’s art and its incredible archaelological treasures, its history and people. A tale of war and mines and other things buried underground and even deeper—in the hearts of those who lived those years.

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Ian Lahey (Author)

Ian Lahey was born in Milan, Italy, to an American father and an Italian mother. In the 80’s his dad took him and his brother on a long tour around Italy, he still has a green “Contrada dell’Oca” banner from Siena to remember that tour.
Ian teaches English Language and Literature in Italy. An incessant traveler, he has visited the country from coast to coast (which doesn't take much), and from head to toe (which is somewhat longer).
Florence, Naples, Rome, and then Venice, Verona and Genoa are his second homes but he will never admit this in the presence of a tax agent. Although he's visited many times he never tires of them and of the stories, both ancient and modern, which these places tell.
These stories he re-tells, sometimes as they were, other times hidden beneath the veil of imagination and scientific speculation, but always with a good sprinkle of humor.
He can often be spotted taking long walks with his wife around his hometown near Udine, and can be easily led astray with offerings of fresh beer or Dr. Who marathons.

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Michael Lahey (Author)

Michael Lahey was born in 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio. He visited Italy in the 1960s and fell in love with it so he moved there to teach English and learn Italian. In the 80’s he toured the country and collected interviews and information about the events which had taken place during the war. He brought his wife children along on the trip.

He lives in northern Italy with his wife, Rosalba, and is regularly visited by his many Italian friends.

His father was a U.S. Marine.

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Published  
November 25, 2015
307 pages