The Sacred Cut (Nic Costa #3)
Again, I have walked into the middle of a suspense mystery writer’s series. So I won’t try to recapitulate the characters or the story. What I will say is David Hewson is a fine writer. He develops characters extremely well. He writes for an intelligent audience. This book was set in Rome and was full of artistic and architectural detail. And he can tell a damn fine tale. All of which is why I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it.
The only down side of this novel was it sho ...more
I found I did not really engage with this story. I don;t know if it was the use of American secret services in this ...more
Voor het eerst sinds lange rijd wordt Rome geteisterd door een sneeuwstorm. Tijdens dit noodweer krijgt de politie een inbraakmelding vanuit het Pantheon. Wanneer de rechercheurs Nic Costa en Gianni Peroni bij de oude Romeinse tempel aankomen, treffen zij een gruwelijk tafereel aan. Onder de zacht neerdalende sneeuw ligt het vreselijk toegetakelde lichaam van een vrouw. De verminkingen verwijzen naar de Vitruviaanse Man van Leonardo Da Vinci, een mysterieus symbool dat alles te maken heeft met d...more
The story is set in December ...more
Costa and his partner, Gianni Peroni, are on-duty before Christmas in Rome ...more
I don't need to be told all the details of what happens to the characters after the bad guy is caught as was done in this book. I'd rather leave most of that that to my imagination and if it's important in a subsequent volume in the series, tell me in a prologue to that story. Daniel Silva is a master at doing just that.
Hewson's character d ...more
I was given this book by a friend who recommended it as a thriller/mystery. That is exactly what this book is. Evidently David Hewson has several books that follow one character: Nic Costa, who is a police detective in Rome.
In this book, a body is found during a crazy snow storm with an ancient symbol carved into its back. You soon find out that this is the most recent in a string of similar murders and it is up to Costa, his partner Peroni, and a female F ...more
Something in the blurb must have dr ...more
Poliisikaksikko Nic Costa ja Gianni Peroni löytävät Pantheonista ruumiin - ja tulevat samalla melkein ammutuiksi. Iskevä alku kirjalle, mutta sen jälkeen eksytään patologisen osaston käytäville ja poliisihierarkioihin sen verran pitkästyttävästi, että veto pääsee hiipumaan.
Kaiken kaikkiaan hyvin amerikkalaine ...more
It was interesting that Peroni was the lead investigator rather than Nic. Love the Peroni charactor, Hewson leaves so much to you imagination. Fascinating how the story involves american missionary spies and the long-term effects of war. The character Emily Deacon weak, expected much more of Viale.
I quite enjoyed this though felt that it began quite strongly and then began to meander somewhat towards the conclusion.
Still it is an enjoyable enough series and I like Nic Costa and his allies as ongoing characters.
* Nic Costa