Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome's seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.
Why are they so unwilling to co-operate, and who, or what, is the reason for their silence?
©2011 David Hewson (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
"Another intruging story in the Rome series"
I've listened to all eight of the previous books in Hewson's Rome series following the detectives: Nic Costa, Giani Peroni and Leo Falconi and their collaboration with pathologist Teresa Lupo. If you've followed the series you'll know the author's style of combining a contemporary crime with an historical event often depicted in a painting. Each book has a stand-alone story, but you do get more insight into the characters by following the series chronologically. This ninth book is an intriguing crime story that resonates with an execution of a young women, Beatrice Censi, who was beheaded four hundred years earlier for killing her father. The modern day story involves the death of Malise Gabriel an English academic who falls to his death: is it an accident or murder? Mina, the daughter of the dead man identifies with Beatrice. But don't be surprised that the solution is not simple and there are twists and turns throughout the book. Great stuff.
Saul Reichlin is a superb narrator and all the Italian words flow off his tongue like a native as they do when he reads all the Swedish words in the Steig Larsson, Millennium trilogy.
First time with this author so went off the reviews.
Not disappointed in the least. After the first half hour, I put the iTouch on at every opportunity.
Good clear reading if basic vocal characterisations - Im used to brilliant vocalisations from the readers of the Terry Pratchett novels, spoilt really.
The plot develops at quite a pace and there are twist and turns of the "who dunnit" as you go along. Put on Google earth and I suspect you could get a tour of Rome at the same time.
Great, absorbing listen.
This is the best David Hewson that I've read ... it is a beautifully crafted story: weaving history into a modern setting. It builds slowly but interestingly to a clever and satisfying ending.
"Another great book in the Rome series"
David Hewson's love of Rome comes across in these books in the Rome series and I felt that this was particularly so in The Fallen Angel. The Roman backdrop was brought to life very effectively, the plot was intricate and well structured and the characters came to life readily in the narration. Another very enjoyable audiobook.
I am registered blind and this author certainly stimulated my imagination. With the history and current day life in Rome, I felt that I lived and walked the streets of Rome and was a familiar visotr to the many restaurants featured in the book. A brilli8ant thriller, I am hooked, I have just bought all four books in the Rome series,. Will be desperate to find a similar writer, when I have read all David Hewsons books.
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