a pretty gruesome book with unexpected twists and turns along the way. i couldn't put it down!
Hewson had me hooked on the first page. I enjoyed this book so much I have already ordered the next four books in the series. Extremely well written, no blind curves, and continuously written story. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes police mysteries.
A mystery, a love lost story, an unresolved ending. The start of a series.
Rome, serial killer, world finance, the Vatican, police officers, mysterious woman, this one has it all.
Fast paced, incredible beginning.
Loved this book..a wonderful read...I read it while in Italy..so fun to follow the mystery! Z
"Hewson's absorbing series debut features a memorable cast of fully human characters, imagines the distorted mind of a serial killer and takes a chilling glimpse into the Vatican's less-than-godly dealings with the secular world." ---Minneapolis Star Tribune
Here is Hewson's first book in an outstanding series of mysteries featuring Nic Costa, a detective with the Rome state police department. I found this detailed, sinister, and compelling mystery very hard to put down.
A bit different from the usual books I read. Well written, a bit scary. Great twists and overall a very good book. One I almost did not read! But happy that I did. Kathy
Very complex story, lots of twists and turns, intricate plot. A little dark and grizzly at times for me, however. Great read anyway!
I was really surprised by the depth of the characters in this series from David Hewson. The story is fascinating and filled with the life of Italians. I learned a lot and went on a great adventure with this series.
University professor Sara Farnese is at her desk in the Reading Room of the Vatican Library when former lover and fellow university professor Stefano Rinaldi careens into the room dragging a large plastic bag containing "the freshly flayed skin of an adult male" and quotes the Christian theologian, Tertullian ("The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church"). Before she can learn more he is shor to death by a panic stricken Swiss Guard. Then the story begins to get interesting. First of a projected series involving various characters in Rome, this one takes the DaVinci Code sub-genre to an entirely new level.
Someone is making martyrs of Rome residents and the Vatican is somehow involved. Well written.