A Season For The Dead (Nic Costa #1)
Detective Nic Costa is one of the first on the scene. A cop who barely looks his twenty-seven years, Nic soon meets a woman who will d...more
For this reason, my star-ratings are usually at least a three. I enjoy most of what I read because I'm selective about what I do read.
Perhaps I chose too quickly with this one. I assumed that the Vatican Archives setting would give way to a dense, literary mystery of the Donna Tartt or Ruiz Zafon variety.
Instead, I was treated...more
It’s always a great pleasure to come across a well-written, intelligent crime book and to know that it’s only the first of a series.
Young detective Nic Costa is first on the scene when a man is shot dead by Vatican security guards. Had he been about to shoot himself or murder his ex-lover, historian Sara Farnese? Nic is drawn into a complex plot involving banking, corruption, Vatican politics…and a lot of increasingly gruesome murders. There is a further complication for Nic when...more
Een beginnende agent in Rome stuit door stom toeval op een seriemoordenaar. De 1e moord wordt gepleegd in het Vaticaan. De politie van Rome mag zich er niet mee bemoeien. Nic Costa, oudgediende politieagent, bemoeit zich echter wel met de zaak in het Vaticaan en stuit op het feit dat een historicus meer met de moorden te maken heeft dan Nic dacht. Maar het Vaticaan houdt zich achter de muren verboren en vertelt niets.
Een goed verhaal, wat spanning oproept. Je merkt goed dat er tegen...more
However, it did grab my attention and half way through I really didn't want to stop reading. There are a lot of gross death scenes so, if you don't like visualizing bloody, bazaar homicides don't read this book. There are unexpected surprises near the end.
A SEASON FOR THE DEAD is the first in a series of Italian crime thrillers set in Rome featuring Nic Costa as the protagonist. Costa...more
Now that I have finished this first book, I can tell you I should have paid more attention to the first 200 pages. As art (paintings) is not necessarily my thing, my mind wandered as i started reading "A Season for the Dead". BIG mistake! If you choose to read this book, you should make yourself focus from the very b...more
In Rome wordt in korte tijd een aantal moorden gepleegd die allemaal een gelijkenis vertonen met het Martelaarschap van de Heiligen, een serie schilderijen van de zestiende-eeuwse kunstenaar Caravaggio. Rechercheur Nic Costa wordt op de zaak gezet, en zijn inspanningen om het patroon van leugens, bedrog en verraad te doorgronden, voeren hem naar het binnenste van het Vaticaan, alwaar een bankschandaal een strijd heeft ontketend onder de kardinalen.
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The plot has a lot to offer. A fallen cardinal involved in very shady financial transactions, a serial killer with an obsession with martyrs, a young academic with a sulfuric past and two police detectives a burnout older man and a younger cop...more
It was very hard to put this one down, with its intricate plot, complex, eccentric characters, and mix of Vatican intrigue, gruesome murders, a enigmatic young woman academic with a mysterious past, the paintings of Ca...more
* This book is a decent thriller, but we get too many points of view. We see the killer, we see both detectives, the police chief, the architect, the degenerate, the victims. It makes the na...more
I guess I was rushing that day and in my haste, I thought *Season of the Dead* would be somewhat similar to Dan Brown's *The Da Vinci Code*. Boy, was I wrong!
Nonetheless, I thought this book was long-winded in trying to figure out what is going on and how it ties to the Vatican. Professor Sara Farnese is in the Vatican library, doing her own research when a colleague approaches her. He's carrying with him a gun and a bloody bag, which contains human skin. Th...more
plot review, no spoilers
Set in Rome, the story opens in the reading room of the Vatican Library, where professor Sara Farenese is thinking about her upcoming...more
Outsized, eccentric characters, a complex story and an abundance of historical detail make this engrossing book more than just another cookie-cutter, religious-nut serial killer thriller
The writing is generally strong and the descriptions of the locations in Rome are excellent; however Hewson relies too much on the macabre and out-right weird to engage the reader. His secondary and tertiary characters are...more
* Nic Costa