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The Fallen Angel (Nic Costa Mysteries Book 9) Kindle Edition

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Praise for "The Fallen Angel" "The main story takes time to gain momentum, but once secrets begin to be revealed, there's no stopping them. Readers will have a lot of fun peeling away the book's many layers, right down to the final, closing twist." -"Publishers Weekly", starred review."..the writing is superior, and the characters engage." -KirkusPraise for David Hewson's "City of Fear" "Will seize you and not let go until the last page has been turned."--Douglas Preston "Packs more twists and action into its brilliantly plotted pages than half a dozen other thrillers combined."--Linwood Barclay "Compelling storytelling and elegant prose . . . [an] intelligent and addictive series."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch" "Well-drawn characters, a brisk pace and . . . unexpected plot twists."--"Publishers Weekly"

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Praise for "The Fallen Angel"

"The main story takes time to gain momentum, but once secrets begin to be revealed, there's no stopping them. Readers will have a lot of fun peeling away the book's many layers, right down to the final, closing twist." -"Publishers Weekly", starred review

."..the writing is superior, and the characters engage." -Kirkus

Praise for David Hewson's "City of Fear"

"Will seize you and not let go until the last page has been turned."--Douglas Preston

"Packs more twists and action into its brilliantly plotted pages than half a dozen other thrillers combined."--Linwood Barclay

"Compelling storytelling and elegant prose . . . [an] intelligent and addictive series."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"Well-drawn characters, a brisk pace and . . . unexpected plot twists."--"Publishers Weekly"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1045 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Reprints edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LROOWS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,446 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. There are now nine Costa titles published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.

David followed these books with three acclaimed adaptations of the award-winning Copenhagen TV crime series The Killing. In 2014 he debuted a new series set in Amsterdam with The House of Dolls. With A.J. Hartley he has also authored two popular adaptations of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet, originally for audio now out in ebook.

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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Format: Hardcover
As a fan of David's writing, I always love the chance to embark on a new investigation with his characters. Here, in my opinion is one of David's best titles to date as Nic Costa takes on a modern death with some ancient secrets. As usual its beautifully researched with an almost photographical descriptiveness that could soon make Rome a city to visit. Add to this a wonderfully creative plot outline, some great character interaction which when finished off with David's own unique spin, makes this a title that is hard to put down. All in a most satisfactory read and one that may leave you checking the house before switching off your light.
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Format: Paperback
I've followed 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. Each book has a stand-alone story, but you do get more insight into the characters by following the series chronologically and knowing their back-stories and interactions over previous years. As with previous books in the series the author has a contemporary crime that has a parallel one in the past. In this book the execution of a young girl, Beatrice Censi, four hundred years earlier for the killing of 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. As one hopes for a crime novel, the solution isn't simple and there are plenty of twists and turns before the truth is revealed.

Not only is this an intriguing novel but is also an atmospheric depiction of the great city and how its turbulent history seeps into modern life.
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If you have been following the Nic Costa series of detective novels, you will by now be familiar with his team in the Questura in Rome. David has upped the game somewhat with this novel, writing both an intriguing piece of forensic examination of a crime scene and a literary novel to put beside the best. He has done the latter before, in The Cemetery of Secrets, but not in this series. His writing has always been good, far better than most similar writers, but in this one he takes a dark, brooding theme and transforms it into a masterpiece of misdirection and suspense, which kept me guessing until the very end.

The story of Beatrice Cenci is that of a 16th century noblewoman. Her father was an ogre who abused his sons and was about to abuse his daughter too when the family conspired to murder him. They bludgeoned him to death and threw him off a balcony to make his death look like suicidal. Rome at the time had been too lenient with him, as a nobleman, and this was the only way they had of saving themselves.

Pope Clement VIII ordered them to be tortured and executed, to preserve public order and stop similar familial reprisals against the nobility.

Switch to modern day Rome. Nic Costa is on leave after his last case, but is dining out when he hears the screams of a girl, who is huddled over the body of her father, who has fallen from a balcony to his death in the very same area of Rome. The girl, her brother and mother seem intent on hiding something from Nic, and he discovers that the girl is obsessed with the Cenci story. Could history be repeating itself?
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Format: Hardcover
Every time I read a book by David Hewson I wonder how it is that THE DAVINCI CODE was a best seller. I wonder how the blockbuster movie on which it was based was so successful. Neither has a plot, an interesting character, or anything that suggests it is something other than a cartoon.

On the other hand -

David Hewson has created three of the most interesting and diverse characters to ever grace a page. Nic Costa, just thirty at the beginning of THE FALLEN ANGEL, Gianni Peroni, his partner, and Leo Falcone, Gianni's classmate in the police academy, are close friends, men without personal lives, who depend on their relationships to each other to keep them grounded while policing a world-class twenty-first century city that is also firmly planted in the ancient world and the world of the Renaissance. Despite their differences in age and rank, they are a unit.

THE FALLEN ANGEL begins with a quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE MARBLE FAUN. "She knows that her sorrow is so strange and so immense, that she ought to be solitary forever....It is infinitely heart-breaking to meet her glance, and to feel that nothing can be done to help or comfort her....She is a fallen angel -fallen, and yet sinless; and it is only this depth of sorrow, with its weight and darkness, that keeps her down upon earth, and brings her within out view even while it sets her beyond our reach." Hawthorne is writing about the sixteenth century Beatrice Cenci, a young woman, who across more than four hundred years, reaches out to the women of every generation who came after her. Hawthorne may as well be writing about Mina Gabriel.

Beatrice Cenci was beheaded by order of the Vatican in 1599 for killing her father, the man who forced her into an incestuous relationship.
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