The Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel

Book - 2011
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"When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present - Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa rapidly comes to realize that there is much more to the accident than he had first thought. It also becomes apparent that Malise's family - mysterious and tragic daughter Mina, stoic wife Cecilia and troubled son Robert - may be keeping vital information hidden. Nic becomes obsessed with the case, and is especially intrigued by Mina's story which seems to be linked with the sixteenth century-legend of a young Italian noblewoman, Beatrice Cenci. As the investigation deepens, Rome's dark and seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. Costa realizes that the key to the truth lies with the Gabriels. Why are they so unwilling to co-operate, and who, or what, is the reason for their silence?"--Publisher.
Publisher: London : Macmillan, ©2011
ISBN: 9780330535618
Branch Call Number: HEWSON
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 24 cm


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Good plot and colourful setting but the writing is not very good. Repetitive, frustratingly one-dimensional. The police characters were pedantic.

Aug 20, 2013

Just as you think you understand what happened and have the answers, it veers into a different direction... Good historical novel mystery.. You will learn much about Rome and Italy, etc..

Sep 02, 2011

Splendid. "The Fallen Angel", The latest addition to David Hewson's series of Roman novels, is a delightful mystery. Hewson sets the bar high in the mystery / thriller genre with intricate plotting, wonderful three dimensional characters and a palpable love of Rome ... both historic and contemporary.

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