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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (477 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: February 2006 ISBN:
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It's approaching Christmas in Rome and snow is falling in a way that only happens every 20 or 30 years. The city is soon paralyzed by an unseasonably icy grip, and in the dark corners of the Pantheon a grim and mysterious story begins to unfold.

Nic Costa and his partner Gianni Peroni are called to reports of an intruder. Instead they find a woman's naked body, scarred in a geometric pattern. Almost immediately they are met by a team from the FBI determined to take over an investigation into what they claim is a killer murdering American tourists around the world, in ways which link back to the mystical structure of the Pantheon itself.

But one agent, Emily Deacon, has a different story to tell, one that has a tragic personal dimension. Through her and an elusive Iraqi girl Laila, only witness to the death in the Pantheon, Nic Costa is pulled relentlessly into the world of the Iraq war and the shadowy secret agents whose job was to penetrate the regime of Saddam Hussein before the armed forces attacked.

Soon he is aware that there is a conspiracy at the heart of these deaths which runs back to Washington, and the past of Emily Deacon's dead father, a tangle of connections he has to unravel, even if it comes at a considerable personal and professional cost. A madman is loose in the frozen winter landscape of Rome, and as Costa soon realises, he is one the American agents know only too well. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linny | 1/27/2014

    " Read more Hewson. Includes details of Rome, loves the city. Violence, procedural, history, conflict vs Italian police/US agents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 1/26/2014

    " It's an OK read. It started out on a good premise, but didn't quite deliver. This is how it begins: The body of a woman is found in the Pantheon, mutilated by some diagram carved into her back, and the body arranged in semblance to the diagram of the Vitruvian Man. So here I am looking for an enigmatic read, full of symbolism and mystery -- instead it leans towards inter-agency politics and jurisdiction. The plot does unfold in due course, but because of the heavy lean, took the wind out of the sails of this one. Does not quite cut it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/4/2014

    " I really am enjoying this series. Lots of info about Rome, its icons and history, plus good puzzles. If you like Donna Leon, you'll like these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/4/2014

    " lots of twists to the intriguing story, but sometimes a little hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol-ann | 11/29/2013

    " Loved the descriptions of Rome. Suspense started well, but kind of fizzled near the end and I was left wondering "is that it?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/17/2013

    " Starts slow but gets better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/16/2013

    " good. ending was long. great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 10/26/2012

    " Really kept my attention and had lots of Italian atmosphere. Reading the sequel now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean Wiemeri | 9/16/2012

    " It was ok, a little slow at times. Overall it was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/8/2012

    " Nick Costa has the FBI in town looking for a serial killer. A robust mystery bringing Rome to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 1/13/2012

    " I love the Costa series by David Hewson and I'm now reading this for the second time...brillianly atmospheric and a great suspenseful storyline ....a must read and if you like Rome, Italy or just a great thriller ...you can't go wrong with this book ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2012

    " Easy read better than Dan Brown. Enjoyable Crime/Mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie Wilkins | 12/10/2011

    " This book was much better than the second one but it still had its moments of just skimming pages to get to the good stuff. It was a guessing game and had a great twist. I don't like when books are predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Hatcher | 12/9/2011

    " Slow starter, despite the horrific events. But once it's roiling it's hard to put down. Also, the mystery's solution itself is really well-thought-out and plays completely fair, yet still came as a total shock to me. That's really hard to pull off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris Pearson | 9/23/2011

    " Good book. I had trouble setting down long enough to do my housework. lol "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Obisbooks | 2/18/2011

    " Liked the setting in Rome, with snow, good characters, but got a bit bored with the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noni | 12/16/2010

    " Forget the Da Vinci Code - read this book instead:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivienne | 10/15/2010

    "
    I quite enjoyed this though felt that it began quite strongly and then began to meander somewhat towards the conclusion.

    Still it is an enjoyable enough series and I like Nic Costa and his allies as ongoing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 9/29/2010

    " Nick Costa has the FBI in town looking for a serial killer. A robust mystery bringing Rome to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 1/24/2010

    " This book was much better than the second one but it still had its moments of just skimming pages to get to the good stuff. It was a guessing game and had a great twist. I don't like when books are predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 9/19/2009

    " In this third Nic Costa mystery, the Roman cop finds himself involved with American agents on the track of a Desert Storm secret operation gone bad and meets the woman he will later marry and see killed before his eyes in subsequent books in this series. (I am reading them out of sequence.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/26/2009

    " Slow starter, despite the horrific events. But once it's roiling it's hard to put down. Also, the mystery's solution itself is really well-thought-out and plays completely fair, yet still came as a total shock to me. That's really hard to pull off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 3/20/2009

    " It's an audiobook PB and I listened to on the way to Chicago to visit with potential e-parents.

    It was a long and overwrought crime novel. The voices were funny. It was set in Rome and had something to do with undercover missions. That's pretty much all I remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 3/17/2009

    " Really kept my attention and had lots of Italian atmosphere. Reading the sequel now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 1/5/2009

    " Good book. I had trouble setting down long enough to do my housework. lol "

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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.