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Epiphany [Kindle Edition]

David Hewson
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Jeffery Deaver...
Hewson is a daunting talent — a writer who is a master stylist.

Steve Berry...
David Hewson is one of the finest thriller writers working today. A born stylist.

Lee Child...
(Dante's Numbers) easily the best yet in a really terrific series.

Peter James...
Hewson is one of our finest crime writers. Absorbing, intelligent, and with a staggeringly vivid sense of place.

'John Fowles on acid,' The Guardian

'David Hewson has an altogether wider range of literary and cultural references than most thriller writers. Impressive,' Esquire

'It's one of those rare books that's damn hard to put down. A tantalising mystery, a thriller, an intense trip into the seamy underside of Flower Power, it balances past and present so cunningly and readably you just can't stop zooming through the pages.' Campbell Armstrong, author of Jig

A group of Californian students frequent a remote old house to experiment with LSD. One of them, Michael Quinn, is both highly intelligent and truly evil. The search for pleasure turns to nightmare when a child is killed. Quinn is responsible for this and other crimes, but implicates the others who include the gentle Paul Dunsany and the pragmatic Hal Jamieson. As the police net begins to close, it is Jamieson who leads the search for an escape.

Twenty years later, just as Quinn is unexpectedly released from jail, a mysterious young Englishwoman named Joni Lascelles begins to ask question that will unravel the past. She seeks out Dunsany. Does he want to get involved again in this dangerous business? In the end, he has no choice. Because as the trail leads back into the closed world of software mogul Hal Jamieson, it becomes apparent that the horror of the past is poised to engulf the present, leaving no one untouched by its power.

Turn by turn, shifting effortlessly between to eras twenty years apart, the story is played out with relentless compuldsion to an overwhelming climax. Evoking music and the hidden world of quantum science, murder and the search for redemption, Epiphany is a superb thriller evoking the west coast of America in 1975 and 1995.

This was David Hewson's second novel, first published to great acclaim in the UK in 1997 and never before available directly in the US.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: David Hewson; 2 edition (19 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00480OQS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Hewson's novels have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Italian to Japanese, and his debut work, Semana Santa, set in Holy Week Spain, was filmed with Mira Sorvino. Dante's Numbers is his thirteenth published novel.

David was born in Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction.

Semana Santa won the WH Smith Fresh Talent award for one of the best debut novels of the year in 1996 and was later made into a movie starring Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez. Four standalone works followed before A Season for the Dead, the first in a series set in Italy. The seventh Roman novel featuring Nic Costa and his colleagues, Dante's Numbers, appeared in October 2008. At the end of 2006 he signed renewed contracts with Pan Macmillan in the UK and Bantam Dell in the US to extend the series to nine books, running to 2012. The titles are published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.

He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers' festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and Michael Connelly.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Road To Nowhere 4 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This meandered on saying almost nothing, I could not fathom the plotline and in the end I didn't care.
I could see it was based around an acid fueled Charlie Manson trope, but the lack of any cohesive storyline just got in the way.
When it is hard work ploughing through a book feeling as if it is a chore, it becomes hard to care about and identify with characters.
Added to a jumbled plot, life is too short, dear reader I gave up. Alas I shall never know what happened. Do I care? Alas I do not.
Yet I enjoyed his previous Native Rites. This seemed to be written by a different person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific find. 28 July 2012
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On Christmas Eve, 1975, twin five-year olds Miles and Florrie stand outside a record store, dressed as angels for a Christmas pageant and waiting for their absent-minded mother to finish her shopping. Florrie's a bit of a bully, and Miles runs away from her and disappears. Hours later police find a child's hand nailed to a tree next to a feather from an angel costume, but by the next morning it's confirmed that the hand is not Miles's. The rest of the book follows several characters who are involved in either the crime or the investigation. The timeline goes back and forth between 1975 and 1995, when a young woman, soon revealed to be Florrie, arrives from England to talk to the only person to have been convicted in Miles's disappearance, newly freed on a technicality and hopefully willing to talk about what really happened to him.

This is superb suspense, with many twists and turns and a haunting and very unusual crime unprecedented in my reading. The psychedelic community of 1970s San Francisco looms large, and I found this aspect compelling and realistic, along with very realistic characters and dialogue. Hewson is the author of the Nic Costa mystery series set in Rome, but this is an earlier stand alone, and it's a terrific find.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip! 23 Sep 2012
By Jane Carolyn-Ellen Thurlow - Published on
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I bought this for my kindle and couldn't put it down. Disturbing story about a kidnapping, acid trips, and betrayal. Loved the flashbacks and character development. I really enjoy David Hewson. I would recommend this and would read it again! Only 99 cents? Insane!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and compelling 24 July 2013
By Steven A. Chase - Published on
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David Hewson is a writer. He crafts stories peopled with complex and engaging characters. His bad guys are a bit crazy, but not simplistic. His book "The Villa of Mysteries was a wonderful romp around Rome in a story that was exciting and beautifully constructed. You root for his hero's and heroines. This book was about life from the view of quantum physics. It could have gone in any direction Mr. Henson wished and each variation would have been believable. Check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where will life take you? 12 Dec 2012
By Bubby-T - Published on
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This is a story that will have you looking back upon your own past and possibly querying the decisions you made and the path you took. A little bit of a romance story in parts, but for the majority delving into psychodelic drug use, its implications and effects and how people move on, sometimes to better things, others not. A few well placed twists to keep you interested just when you think you have it all worked out.. A good story line, well priced, and makes you think. Excellent reading!
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By maryjane - Published on
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I generally like David Hewson but took a long time getting interested in Epiphany. It goes on and on with moralistic preaching within the sentences. Made for a boring story. I figured the ending out well in advance of reaching it.
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