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Carol Goodman, bestselling author of The Ghost Orchid and winner of the Hammett Prize, returns this summer with her enthralling work of literary suspense THE SONNET LOVER (A Ballantine Books Hardcover; On Sale: June 12, 2007). 

The sudden death of her star pupil has dealt a shocking blow to New York literature professor Rose Asher.  Baffled, she sets out for Italy and for the rustic villa where as an undergraduate she first fell in love … with a married man, Bruno Brunelli.

Arriving at La Civetta, Rose finds Bruno still in residence—with his wife—and swiftly becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and scandal.  A folio containing what some believe is one of Shakespeare’s lost sonnets has mysteriously vanished, and literary immortality awaits whoever finds the manuscript.  Uncertain whom she can trust and where she can turn, Rose races against time and her enemies in a desperate bid to retrieve the missing masterpiece.

Lush, lyrical, and enthralling THE SONNET LOVER invites the reader deep into the heart of Italy and the world of the Renaissance poets.  In her most ambitious and satisfying work to date, Carol Goodman proves once again that she is unmatched in her ability to evoke atmosphere and dramatic instrigue that propel the reader headlong to the final page. 

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