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Download The Lizard's Bite Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hewson Narrator: Saul Reichlin Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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On an August night on a small island near Venice, a fire explodes in a glassmaking shop. When help arrives, two people are dead, a rich Englishman is implicated, and investigators from Rome are assigned a case no one wants them to solve.

On their private island, the Arcangelo family defies the world: living in a decaying palazzo, making glass in a terrifying, archaic furnace, watching their absurd exhibition hall sink into disrepair. But now the world is coming to their dying outpost in a crumbling corner of a Venice that tourists never see. Police boats and vaporetti bring investigators, curiosity seekers, and one man who plans to own the property himself. With two family members consumed by the foundry fire, both mystery and opportunity have been bared to the bone.

On special assignment from Rome, Detective Nic Costa, along with his partner, his boss, and a dogged pathologist named Teresa Lupo, is getting in the way of progress, Venetian-style. They know that Uriel Arcangelo and his wife were murdered. They know that a predatory Englishman must be a suspect, as is the family of the murdered woman. And while everyone wants the Roman cops to give up and go home, they can't...because a matter of desire, death, and lies has just turned murderously on one of them.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 11/25/2013

    " The Venetian descriptions were interesting. And the overdevelopment and appeal to the lowest common denominator had more universal application. The story itself was so-so. Probably if you read some more of the series you develop an interest in the detectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 11/4/2013

    " An English author writing about Venice and Rome. I loved the characters, plot, scenery. Great story. Saul Reichlin's narration was superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 7/4/2013

    " Another in the Nic Costa series...good read and I didn't guess whodunit. And I didn't guess the ending. Continues in Italy with lots of good Italian stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Grant | 2/10/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but found it a bit confusing at times. Not sure how I felt about the ending at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 5/21/2009

    " Mystery/suspense set in Venice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/12/2008

    " Nic Costa in Venice. Island off Murano, family murders. Okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 10/30/2008

    " This is another great Nic Costa Roman police procedural/mystery series, set in Italy. It had great suspense, drama, intrigue and a hint of romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/31/2008

    " Venice was an interesting locale for the story. Author has done several books with these characters. I thought this was the first one, but was probably misinformed; seems like there was a lot of history with these characters that I should have already known. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 6/9/2008

    " Nic Costa and co are sleuthing in Venice for a change. There are lots of characters in this book and the plot demanded a fair bit of concentration on my part. The tale ends with a neat twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 12/14/2007

    " Well-paced enough, but lacking the depth and local flavor found in Leon or Camilleri's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 7/21/2007

    " Another winner is this interesting series. I enjoy the insights into the culture (this time Venice and Murano - much different from the picture painted by Donna Leon) and the characters are developing well. "

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About the Author
Author David Hewson

David Hewson is a former journalist with the London Times, the Sunday Times, and the Independent. He is the author of more than twenty-five novels, including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages. He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series The Killing.

About the Narrator

Saul Reichlin is an actor, producer, and director. He has won numerous awards for his audiobook narrations, which include Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and he has lent his voice to more than fifty television documentaries.