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Acclaimed author David Hewson returns with this mesmerizing new
thriller featuring Nic Costa and the detectives of Rome’s Questura. This
time Costa must solve a case with roots buried deep in one of the
ancient city’s most infamous episodes—a story of incest, murder, and
It’s August in Rome, and Nic Costa’s vacation is about
to be cut short by a scream, a girl covered in blood, and a man lying
dead in the Via Beatrice Cenci. It seems that Malise Gabriel, a scholar
with an impressive list of enemies, stepped onto faulty scaffolding for a
cigarette and fell to his death.
On the surface, it’s no more than an unfortunate accident.
the deeper Costa looks—into the facts that don’t add up, into the
haunted eyes of Gabriel’s beautiful daughter, Mina, and into the
mysterious links between the present and the past—the more he’s haunted
by disturbing parallels with a centuries-old crime: In 1599, Beatrice
Cenci was beheaded by the Vatican for murdering her father, a man known
for unthinkable sexual crimes. Does Mina’s obsession with Beatrice
intimate her own family’s dark secrets, or is someone using her as a
smoke screen for a far deadlier plan?
Soon another body is
discovered and Nic comes to doubt his own first impressions. Something
evil is circling Mina, her angry and silent mother, her runaway brother,
and her family’s checkered history in England, the United States, and
Italy. And now that something is closing in fast for the kill.
novel that captures modern Rome in all its complexity, as well as its
history of beauty and barbarity, genius and blindness, The Fallen Angel is David Hewson at his best—a twisting and twisted contest between innocence and evil.