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Fallen Angel
     

Fallen Angel

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by David Hewson
 

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Acclaimed author David Hewson returns with this mesmerizing new thriller featuring Nic Costa and the detectives of Rome’s Questura. This time Costa must solve a case with roots buried deep in one of the ancient city’s most infamous episodes—a story of incest, murder, and martyrdom.

It’s August in Rome, and Nic Costa’s vacation is about

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Fallen Angel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Rome, British academic Malise Gabriel falls from scaffolding around his apartment. Police Detective Nic Costa watches the horror unfolding. At the same time Nic also observes Malise's son fire a gun into the air and meets Mina, the other offspring of the victim. Costa is attracted to the musical Mina though frustrated by her refusal to tell him anything related to her father's death. He finds the other family members as silent as Mina when it comes to Malise's demise. Being obsessive compulsive when it comes to an investigation (and food), Costa keeps digging until he finds a link back to the late sixteenth century trial and brutal death of Beatrice Cenci and her infamous abusive father Francesco. This is a superb Italian police procedural with a strong historical anchor as David Hewson deftly connects the execution of the real Beatrice to the present day Roman holiday. Regardless of whether it is 1599 or the twenty-first century, the subplots are fast-paced yet the key players are fully developed. Costa is at his best as he revises his hypothesis as to what has happened and what might occur if he fails to remain diligent. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series is good for the murder mystery reader. It's probably not worth discussing at a book club meeting.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
This ninth Nic Costa book follows closely on the heels of "City of Fear." Nic's present adventure takes the reader deep into Rome, not only into the complex family life of the man, Gabriel, who has apparently plunged to his death from a faulty scaffold, but deep into the ancient Cenci family and the mythology that surrounds that fateful clan. Three days into his August holiday, Nic comes upon a young English girl, Mina Gabriel, bending over her father's dead form. The similarities to Beatrice Cenci, a tragic Roman figure, are striking. As are the parallels between the Gabriel family and the Cenci family. To begin with, the death happened on Via Beatrice Cenci, where the family has been staying. Something about the accident, about the way Mina looks at him and about the way her brother disappears after an enigmatic statement, 'She's safe now,' compels Nic to investigate, even thought it's August and, as everyone reminds him, he's on holiday. So is almost everyone else at the Questura, the police department where Nic works. This makes investigation a little more difficult. The fact that the other police don't at first think the death is suspicious gives Nic more problems. Why was Mr. Gabriel, an intelligent, popular, respected academic, reduced to living in this dilapidated building in the ghetto? Is the answer in the family's tangled history or in further links to the Cenci history? Mina and her mother are obviously holding something back, but nothing will make them reveal what it is. An ancient organization, The Brotherhood of the Owls, with links to Galileo, may hold some clues. But then, again, it may just add to the confusion. Meanwhile, an attraction to Agata Graziano-a beautiful woman who has given up the vocation of nun-is tugging at Nic. Will the memory of his deceased wife let him pursue whatever might become of a relationship with her? It was great fun to delve into Roman history and a modern mystery with Nic Costa. Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of "Choke", for Suspense Magazine
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