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The Lizard's Bite

(Nic Costa #4)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  834 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Life was never black and white in Italy . . . Something about the place both disturbed and interested him. Venice reminded him of a bad yet familiar relative, dangerous to know, difficult to let go. As their exile in Venice draws to a close, Roman detectives Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni are ordered to investigate an apparently open-and-shut case, a fire in a glass foundry t ...more
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Published (first published October 31st 2006)
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Rossrn Nunamaker
The next in the Nic Costa series, the detectives Costa and Peroni along with their boss Falcone are 'exiled' in Venice following their disregard for following the rules in the Sacred Cut.

In Venice they are joined by girlfriends, Emily Deacon and Teresa Lupo for holiday that is postponed when a glass factory furnace overheats and kills two people. The pair are husband and wife, the wife is found to be pregnant and her husband is medically impotent. Compounding matters, the family is near bankrupt
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het openingsverhaal staat als een huis. Zeer beeldend en prikkelend beschreven. Dat staat. Goed verhaal met een leuk plot. Maar waarom dingen soms gebeuren zoals ze gebeuren wordt niet altijd goed verklaard. Waarom willen twee hoofdgetuigen plotseling wel meewerken?
Ook weet ik inmiddels bij deze schrijver wanneer bepaalde delen uit het verhaal iets gaan toevoegen of juist niet, teveel beschrijvend soms. Dus dan dat deel maar overslaan? Doe maar niet, karakters en omgevingen zijn vaak ook... gewo
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nic, Peroni, Falcone, Emily and Teresa are in Venice and become involved in a messy murder of a glass maker and his wife. The investigation involves a wealthy Englishman, the local police, hitmen from Croatia, local Venetians, a 5-year old murder linked with present day murders and Emily being put in a difficult position in obtaining information illegally for Nic and the team. A page turner.
De ontknoping vond ik goed en vertaste me. Verder kwam ik lastig door dit boek heen. Van wat ik me herinner vond ik de Vaticaanse moorden veel beter.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-in-books
3,5 stars for this one!
Mike van Oosten
leuk andere setting maar zelfde hoofdpersonen. Venetië met zijn geheimen en bijzondere plekken. vermakelijk
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a good book however I wouldn't say it gripped me!
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I am reading these out of order. I started with book six and now I’ve leapt back to four.
The three Roman Questura(fictional) police have been sent to Venice as punishment. Of course, they can’t keep out of trouble and when there is a serious accident at the Murano glass foundry, they are called in to investigate. It seems like a simple accident until a skull is found inside the glass oven and a half burnt man on the floor outside. All the doors are locked.
Nic Costa is a detective, in love with E
Alan Williams
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Falconi, Peroni, Costa, Lupo & the former FBI agent Emily Deacon return. 

A fire in a glass foundry leaves two dead, but is it an accident, a murder/suicide, or double murder?  Falconi and his team having been banished from their Roman home to the city of Venice slowly uncover a tale of deceit and murder in the ancient city.   With Massiter the intriguing Englishman all is not as it seems, and as further murders follow, Falconi's men must uncover the truth.

This is the fourth "Nic Costa" book,
THE LIZARD’S BITE (Pol. Proc.-Ensemble-Venice-Cont) – G
Hewson, David – 4th in series
Dell Suspense, 2006, US Paperback – ISBN: 9780440243007
First Sentence: In the shifting darkness of the vessel’s bowels, low over the undulating black water, the animal waited, trembling.
*** Roman police officers Nick Costa and Gianni Peroni think they are going to get some time off with their girlfriends, former FBI agent Emily Deacon and pathologist Teresa Lupo. But things change when their boss, Leo Falcone sho
This is my second David Hewson/Nic Costa novel. It is a bit overlong but grabbed me and held me waiting for the next surprise.

The story opens with Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni, Nic's partner looking forward to the end of a
humiliating exile in Venice and the beginning of a long-awaited vacation with their girl friends, Emily Deacon and Teresa Lupo. Unfortunately they are ordered to investigate a case, in which a fire in a glass foundry has claimed two lives. They want to wrap it up quickly, but a
Jan Derksen
Aug 09, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

In een augustusnacht breekt een felle brand uit in een Venetiaanse glasblazerij. De volgende dag zijn er twee doden, is een rijke Engelsman gecompromitteerd en worden twee Romeinse agenten opgezadeld met een zaak die men snel wil begraven. Op hun privé-eiland tarten de Arcangelo's de wereld: ze bewonen een vervallen palazzo, maken glas in een enorme ouderwetse oven en zien langzaam hun grandeur in verval raken. Maar nu komt de wereld naar deze vergeten hoek van Venetië: politieboten en vaporetti

Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has the most impressive story and its characters are believable and livable.

The reason the two venitien cops and their wives are involved, its rather a life style for them, and is because they're leading in investigations, it wasn’t to get involved with the family, which nearly seemed to become the point. But where as Falcone takes a sudden infatuation for the miss Arcangeli during the investigation, and falls for her. Supposing to be a old family, who once had wealth, now living remotely on the
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit bloody, but like all of Hewson's books, well researched and written. Nic Costa is a seriously flawed main charachter, who always manages to find the reason behind the crime.

This book takes place with Nic and his cohorts transfered to Venus as a punishment. In the last week of their exile, a seeminly open & shut case takes place on the island of Murano, where the Venitian glass is made. Of course Nic, Falcone, Emily, Peroni & Theresa, never do things the easy way and they soon have
two italian detectives become involved in a bizarre double murder that occurs in venice. the victim is a member of an eccentric family sur-named arcangeli. they live on an island where they operate a glassmaking furnace, the art of glassmaking having been passed down to them from their father. the two cops are called in to shuffle papers and rubberstamp the opinion of the town fathers, which is that the glassmaker and his wife died as the result of a domestic dispute. but, being who they are, th ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Two Italian detectives become involved in a bizarre double murder that occurs in Venice. The victim is a member of an eccentric family sur-named Arcangeli. They live on an island where they operate a glassmaking furnace, the art of glassmaking having been passed down to them from their father. The two cops are called in to shuffle papers and rubberstamp the opinion of the town fathers, which is that the glassmaker and his wife died as the result of a domestic dispute. But, being who they are, th ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nic Costa -sarjan neljäs osa siirtyy Roomasta vaihteeksi Venetsiaan. Hewson vie laguunikaupunkiin koko aiemmista seikkailuista tutun tutkijatiimin, aina patologia myöten. Tulipalo lasikaupassa on vaatinut kaksi kuolonuhria ja Costa päätyy selvittelemään tapausta. Venetsian vanhojen sukujen rappiolla ja ulkomaalaisten romantisoinnilla herkutellaan koko rahan edestä.

En voi sanoa tuntevani omakohtaisesti Venetsiaa kovin hyvin, mutta jossain vaiheessa kirjaa mieleen hiipi ajatus, tunteeko Hewsonkaan
In David Hewson's The Lizard Bite, the 4th installment in the Nic Costa series, Nic and the rest of his team in the Carabineri tackled another hard core mystery. The Arcangelo family lived on their private island in a decaying palazzo and making glass in their factory. But now the world comes to them when there's a vaporetti of police embarked on their private property, when two members of their family died in a foundry fire. For Nic Costa and her partner, they were on a special assignment and k ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek is de vierde roman waarin Nic Costa en Leo Falcone en Gianni Peroni een rol spelen. Ze zijn in Venetië op vakantie met Emily en Teresa. Ze worden gevraagd een zaak te onderzoeken door de lokale politie. Dit omdat Hugo Massiters midden in het geheel zit. En rijke Engelsman die het eiland van de glasblazers Isola degli Arcangeli wil kopen. Binnen deze familie hebben ook de moorden zich voorgedaan. De lokale politie wil hiermee niets te maken hebben door deze man. De heren onderzoeken de z ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me a while to read this book and it took a while for the story to get going. This is not as fast paced as some of the previous Nic Costa books, although there is an interesting twist at the end. I am not sure I want to read the next in the series now because this book was so slow and laboured. I think it is just the fact you know the characters so well and their little foibles and you like the characters and have invested time in them and their lives, that kept me going through this ...more
Nic Costa, Gianni Peroni and their supervisor Leo get sent to Venice to get them out of Rome after their last case embarrasses the Rome Police and the CIA. After an apparent murder suicide on Murano they are brought in to just sign off on the official statement. That is not something they can do and so they investigate the deaths, stir up a lot of trouble and reopen old wounds (see Lucifer's Shadow an earlier work by Hewson which is not a Nic Costa mystery). I enjoyed the story and as always the ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well for the first 300 pages i liked it. it's well paced , the dialogue is really well written and the plot develops nicely. but after those 300 pages it all goes sideways. all the re-telling in retrospect just pissed me off. i mean it's ok if you put it here and there for some diversity but here is just way too much. and there are too many unnecessary location descriptions , i mean i can pretty much picture for mu self what an uninhabited island in a lagoon looks like i don't need 10 pages tell ...more
José Vriens
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigerende thriller waarbij je er niet direct achter komt wie nu precies wie heeft vermoord. Knap geschreven verhaal over 3 politieagenten die op een zijspoor zijn gezet nadat ze hun superieuren (in een eerder boek) dwars hebben gezeten. Ze worden ingezet om een ogenschijnlijk eenvoudig moordgeval op te lossen. Alles in het belang van een rijke Engelsman. Helaas pakt het allemaal iets anders uit.
Jessica Payne
Loved the premise, but the application was far from enjoyable. Too many characters with too many vague intetractions. One of my pet peeves is the constant need to insert the italian term for everything. Dont care if someone's dog vince (aka vincenzo) needs a english to italian translation. Very disappointing
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was better than I thought. A nice crime novel, with an intricated plot and some well described characters, from the three Roman policemen to the victims.
Only one silly note: never knew any Italian person named only "Nic"... And Bella isn't at all a common name, though I think this book came before Twilight. :-P
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nic Costa and co are sleuthing in Venice for a change. There are lots of characters in this book and the plot demanded a fair bit of concentration on my part. The tale ends with a neat twist.
Dec 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, and love the characters and descriptions of Venice.
I thought the ending was a bit of an anticlimax. The author could not think of a way to convict the criminal so he had him shot!!
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner is this interesting series. I enjoy the insights into the culture (this time Venice and Murano - much different from the picture painted by Donna Leon) and the characters are developing well.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Venetian descriptions were interesting. And the overdevelopment and appeal to the lowest common denominator had more universal application. The story itself was so-so. Probably if you read some more of the series you develop an interest in the detectives.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quarto capitolo dell'autore che riprende esattamente da dove aveva finito con il precedente. Una storia scorrevole e piacevole da leggere. Aspetto il seguito. Se vi sono piaciuti precedenti, non potete perdervi questo.
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DAVID HEWSON was born in Yorkshire in 1953. His books range from the Nic Costa series set in Italy to adaptations of The Killing in Copenhagen and the Pieter Vos series in Amsterdam.
He's adapted Shakespeare for Audible and in 2018 won the Audie for best original work for Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, narrated by Richard Armitage.
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Nic Costa (10 books)
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