Page turner alert. Be sure you have plenty of time to read this one all the way through. I couldn't put it down. Made me feel very fortunate that I have my own busienss, because I wouldn't be able to hold a 9-5 job with books like this one keeping me up reading all night.
This is a murder that unravels in a ingenious way. An American woman is found dead under the Pantheon's great dome in Rome. The police force in Rome and U.S. Agents clash in ther rush to solve the very complicated murder and others that follow. The story kept me interested throughout.
ItÂ´s a bit difficult.
The book is likeable but then it isnÂ´t. I enjoyed the plot but got distracted too often by the writerÂ´s picturesque writing about Rome.
Otherwise I really liked the book.
Good but in my opinion not remarkable.
was given this book by a friend who recommended it as a thriller/mystery. That is exactly what this book is. Evidently David Hewson has several books that follow one character: Nic Costa, who is a police detective in Rome.
In this book, a body is found during a crazy snow storm with an ancient symbol carved into its back. You soon find out that this is the most recent in a string of similar murders and it is up to Costa, his partner Peroni, and a female FBI agent to figure out "who dun it."
This book started off pretty slowly, but it had some good action that kept the reader guessing. I like that the Costa and Peroni characters are serial. I love reading books where the characters repeat themselves - see Daniel Silva's Gabrial Allon series - because then I don't have to get to know the characters again and again every time I pick up a book by that author. I'm looking forward to reading more of David Hewson.
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The snow is falling on the ancient streets of Rome. And in the heart of the city, under the Pantheons great dome, a womans body lies on the marble floor, carefully positioned with a gruesome carving on her back....In David Hewsons ingenious new thriller, this horrific murder hurtles Romes police force into a collision with U.S. agentsand a secret that has festered for fifteen years, now unraveling in the worlds most enigmatic city.
When Detective Nic Costa arrives at the scene, he is unprepared for what he finds, or for the ambush that leaves his only witness vanished into the night. The dead woman was American. Within hours, U.S. agents descend with a take-no-prisoners style and a shocking story to tell: the killer has struck before, in monuments all over the world, leaving the same cryptic message carved onto the bodies of the victims.
But one agent, beautiful, blond Emily Deacon, has yet another story to tell Nicabout a stunning act of deception that may lead back to the U.S. government, and her own chilling, personal connection to the killer. Now, as the first murder leads to more grisly slayings and a motley crew of veteran Roman cops jousts with the Americans, Nic is pulled into a womans harrowing search for the trutha search that will take them both into the mind of a madman, into a shocking conspiracyand into a dark episode in a nations long-forgotten past.
From its haunting opening to its nerve-shattering climax, The Sacred Cut defies all our expectations, proving once again the unique and compelling genius of David Hewson.