Midnight Angels

Midnight Angels

Book - 2010
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In the secret passageways of one of the world's most majestic cities, an American woman must risk everything to keep the long-lost work of a Renaissance master from falling into the hands of thieves. In Midnight Angels, acclaimed author Lorenzo Carcaterra returns with a gripping new novel of suspense, revealing a fascinating world where art and crime rendezvous in the shadows, where rumors swirl of undiscovered masterpieces lost to the ages and hidden throughout Europe, and where some will do anything to possess these priceless treasures. Kate Westcott has come to the beautiful city of Florence to study the masterly Michelangelo, whose work has inspired centuries of admiration, adoration, even lust. Of course she already knows more about him than most art historians, thanks to her guardian and mentor, Professor Richard Dylan Edwards. A preeminent Michelangelo scholar-and a member of the mysterious Vittoria Society-Edwards has devoted his life to chasing down lost and stolen works of art and returning them to their rightful owners. Exploring the cobbled streets of the Renaissance city with fellow art student Marco Scudarti, Kate feels the pull of destiny. And when the two uncover a secret chamber in a corridor sealed since the time of the Medicis, they make a stunning discovery: Michelangelo's Midnight Angels-three small, exquisite sculptures long rumored to exist but never before seen. It is the find of a lifetime-and the beginning of their nightmare. Pursued by operatives of the most heinous criminals, under suspicion from the elite Rome Art Squad, and navigating the underground network of the Vittoria Society, Kate must use all her cunning to elude capture. From the halls of the Uffizi to the Piazza Santa Croce, across the Ponte Vecchio and under the shadow of the Duomo, Kate and Marco race to preserve and protect not only Michelangelo's work but also their lives. Midnight Angelsis a thrilling, page-turning novel in which Lorenzo Carcaterra evokes an Italian setting so intimate and sensual that it seems to live and breathe along with his characters.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2010
ISBN: 9780345483904
Branch Call Number: CARCATE
Characteristics: xiii, 300 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 09, 2015

I finished it but wished I hadn't bothered. It's a potboiler and my only question is whether the author knows it. The characters are ridiculous stereotypes and they utter melodramatic, bombastic tripe. The plot relies on people repeatedly doing stupid things for no good reason. Bad guys get away because the good guys stand around telling off the bad guys.

libricats Oct 21, 2010

This book started out poorly, and didn't improve. Ultimately, I never did get through it, but I just couldn't take the cliched characterization and sloppy writing. This could have been a good book, but it makes the Da Vinci Code look pretty good indeed.

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