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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hewson Narrator: Sean Baker Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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In a hushed Vatican reading room, the scene was shocking: a crazed professor shot dead after brandishing evidence of a grisly crime. Moments later, two bodies are found in a nearby church, each with a gruesome calling card from the killer.

As the August heat takes Rome in its fiery grip, the news of the two brutal murders holds the city in thrall. And as the media gathers and Vatican officials close ranks, a young detective is sent to the forefront of the case. Nic Costa is the son of an infamous Italian Communist, a connoisseur of Caravaggio, and a cop who barely looks his 27 years of age. Thrust into the heart of a killing spree that will rattle his city down to its ancient bones, Nic meets a woman who will soon dominate both his consciousness and his investigation.

A cool, beautiful professor of early Christianity, Sara Farnese was in the Vatican library on that fateful day, a witness to her colleague's strange outburst and death. But her role will become even more puzzling as more bodies are found: Each victim killed in a gory tableau of Christian martyrdom. And each victim had intimately known Sara, whose silence Costa cannot quite crack and whose carnal history becomes more lurid and unfathomable with every revelation.

Soon, a nightmarish chase is implicating politicians and priests, while at the heart of the matter remains the woman Costa is both investigating and guarding. Wanting to believe in Sara's innocence, Nic still cannot turn his eyes from the truths he is uncovering. Even as the secrets of a woman, a killer and a city begin to unravel...with devastating consequences. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/19/2014

    " I liked it. Cool setting and interesting characters. Quite disturbing in parts, tho, as a warning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Blake | 1/31/2014

    " Pretty solid book. Murder mystery style book. Excellent light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/29/2014

    " 1st in Nic Costa myst ser set in italy, good but dark "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2014

    " A murder in the Vatican library and a grisly flaying and hanging puzzle young Questura investigator Nic Costa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Brian | 1/23/2014

    " This was touted as being a "Da Vinci Code" type book and it definitely has some similarities. Hewson however has a more expressive and descriptive style to his writing, pulling you into the summer heat of Rome. You genuinely feel connected to the main protagonists, allowing you to sense the feelings of sadness, guilt and love between them. I was taken in by this book but was a tiny bit let down by it's ending, although I have been buying the following books in the Nic Costa series (at a very low price I might add) so maybe that's the point! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/7/2014

    " An engaging thriller, similar in vein to The Davinci Code, albeit on a slightly more gruesome scale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Lyons | 12/6/2013

    " Started off liking this one, but it got way too deep into the scandals of the Vatican. More so than I was comfortable with. The mystery was convoluted, but the main character, Nic Costa, was pretty engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/14/2013

    " Great plot and characters. Not your usual "detective" story that you can blow thru in a day or two. Interesting relationships and locale. What could be boring about Rome? I love the complicated twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 6/24/2013

    " This was totally a Dan Brown "Angels & Demons" knock-off. Art, sex, religion, Rome....It also had weird sex stuff that I wasn't a fan of. And the ending was awful. That said, it was a gripping novel, but it wasn't very original or well thought out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 5/28/2013

    " I read this book first and found it compelling from beginning to end. The use of Rome is far more than backdrop, it is part of the story itself. There are some horrors in this book, and they keep you on the edge of your seat. I love the Nic Costa series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davin | 11/27/2012

    " Great book. If you liked The Da Vinci Code you will like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 9/24/2012

    " good, not as good as da vinci; didn't like ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara Bernardo | 4/18/2012

    " I liked it a lot and it is definitely a series I want to add to my book shelves. very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 3/23/2012

    " Nic Costa in Rome. Pretty good, but too long and convoluted for its own good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/10/2011

    " Modern day Rome police thriller and great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 3/14/2011

    " The first in the Nic Costa series, rattles along at a fantastic pace, with twists and turns as it goes. A grizzly sequence of murders connected with a mysterious woman in the fantastic backdrop of Rome bought vividly to life by David Hewson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/5/2011

    " I liked the book, it was a quick read. His writing is not that great, but I was able to get past that. This type of story seems to be done a lot, think Angels and Demons.
    I may read another in the series to see if he finds a little more original case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/26/2010

    " Oh my. Not sure how to describe this convoluted plot. Set in Italy. Young cop investigates a series of grizzly murders. Strange sexual element. Catholicism. High finance. Basically, I think, one bad guy died, a couple of good guys died, and a few got away. Unsatisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/2/2010

    " Excellent. A murder mystery set in contemporary Rome in which the detective, Nic Costa, hunts throughout ancient ruins. A fascinating blend of ancient and today's Rome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharonm | 6/6/2010

    " Murders based on the deaths of martyrs are committed near the Vatican. The characters were totally unconvincing and the Roman setting was unrealized. There wasn’t even much info about the Vatican. I finished this only because it was for a book discussion. "

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About the Author
Author David HewsonAward-winning journalist and former columnist for the Times in London, David Hewson is the author of more than thirteen novels.