Song for a Spy
9781717794758, $12.00, PB, 301pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Song for a Spy" by Bernard Trafford is a novel set in thirteenth-century Bologna, against the backdrop of a power-struggle with neighboring Modena amid the chaos of the Interregnum of the Holy Roman Empire. Lorenzo is a young man with rapidly-acquired skills as troubadour, scribe, eavesdropper, spy, willing but inexpert lover, unwilling but expert assassin. these are skills that must carry him through conspiracy, political intrigue, seduction, torture and murder to a bloody climax among Bologna's corrupt potentates in the bizarre world they create for themselves high in that city's...