But, as Nic Costa and his colleagues attempt to guard the precious collection of historic artifacts attached to the event, the premiere is disrupted by tragedy and a horrific murder. Is a disgruntled admirer of Dante taking his revenge on the cast of the movie? Or are more mundane motives, the dubious financing of the film through criminal connections, to blame?
Before Costa and crew have the chance to find out they are removed from the inquiry and find themselves sidelined by the Carabinieri. But when the movie premiere shifts to California and the iconic surroundings of the Marina in San Francisco, Nic Costa's inspector, Leo Falcone, manages to bring them along to work on the investigation from the sidelines.
And as life begins to resemble art, Costa and his friends come to realise that the inspiration behind these crimes may be more recent than the Carabinieri suspect.
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I've listened to all the Nic Costa series and have really enjoyed them, especially when read by Saul Reichlin. Much of their appeal is the setting in Rome and in my opinion, something was lost by transferring the team to San Fransisco. There is little interaction between Costa, Peroni and co which I missed and I found it hard to sympathise with any of the new American characters. Hewson writes brilliantly and his plot is ingenious but too complicated and contrived for me. If I had read Dante's Inferno or seen Vertigo I might have enjoyed it more. For the first time I was glad when the audio book came to an end but it won't stop me listening to the next one, especially if it's back on home ground.
Like the first reviewer I found the change of scene to America distracting and could not emphathise with the American characters at all. I hope David Hewson's next book is again set in Rome and we again have the full interaction between Costa, Falcone et al. Saul Reichlin was superb as always but confess I was quite glad when the book ended. And that was a first!
I have followed the whole of Hewson's Rome series featuring the thoughtful detective, Nic Costa and I wasn't disappointed by this latest book. Unlike earlier books in the series this one is set both in Rome and San Fransisco, which, I think, added to the story as it allowed for some comparisons between two different society's cultures, attitudes and scenery. As I've come to expect from the author he has created an intricate plot, this time revolving around clues from Dante's Inferno and the film Vertigo. Though each book in the series stands alone, you get more from listening to them in sequence as there are references to past events and the experiences of the main characters have been developed in earlier books with only passing references in this book to their back-stories. But don't be put-off starting with this book: I think you'll enjoy it and, if you do you, you'll know that there are five previous books waiting for you. The reading by Saul Reichlin is excellent as usual and adds to the enjoyment and comprehensibility of a complex plot with many characters to keep track of.
I like David Hewson's novels. Their evocation of Italy and portrayal of the the tortuous links between various police agencies are well researched, well written and well worth a read. This story, for reasons I can't really comprehend, moves the setting almost totally outside Italy. But the usual characters simply don't work in this unusual setting. And, candidly, the storyline itself require more suspension of disbelief than I could muster. Sorry! Let's hope the next one I read returns to his norms.
Good story weaving Dantes Inferno and the film Vertigo, usual good twists and turns, had recently watched film so story fresh in mind. Glad they are going back to Rome, that's where they seem more comfortable and I like the interplay between the team.
Rather disappointing. You kept hearing about Costa's late wife, but never really found out what happened to her particulary after in Book 5 you had been hearing about their marriage. Generally found it rather muddled. Not up to Hewson's general standard in my opinion.
this is my second audio book and i wasn't to be dissapointed i was captivated from begining to the end, i found myself willing the characters on and many a time my heart was in my mouth. what a great writer hewson is, also i thought the narration was spot on, looking forward to listening to many more.
"An Adequate Filler Of Extra Time"
Got time on your hands? Want to escape it every now and then? Hewson's book is totally up to the job. He reminds me of a very adequate craftsman. But art without wonder is merely craft, eh?
"Costa goes to SF??"
Definitely not as good as the previous book in the series. Felt the change of location overtook the importance of the story. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.
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