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In an ancient burial ground on an island off Venice, a young woman?s casket is pried open, an object is wrenched from her hands, and an extraordinary adventure begins.

From the moment he arrives in Venice, Daniel Forster is seduced by the city?s mystery and eroticism. An earnest young academic, Daniel has come for a summer job cataloguing a private collector?s library. But when Daniel?s employer sends him to buy a stolen violin from a petty thief, a chain reaction of violence and deception ignites. Suddenly Daniel is drawn into a police investigation — and a tempest swirling around a beautiful woman, a mysterious palazzo, and a lost musical masterpiece dating back centuries. With each step he takes, Daniel unwittingly retraces a journey that began in 1733, when another young man came to Venice. And when, in this realm of intrigue and beauty, two lovers came face-to-face with a killer — and a mystery was born. Separated by centuries, two tales of passion, betrayal, and danger collide in David Hewson?s dazzling novel. Sweeping us from the intrigue of Vivaldi?s Venice to the gritty world of a modern cop, from the genius of a prodigy to the greed of a killer, Lucifer?s Shadow builds to a shattering crescendo — and one last, breathtaking surprise.

Review:

"In this Venetian thriller, British author Hewson (A Season for the Dead) offers a tantalizing tale of intrigue, murder and sex. Two props propel the action: a concerto penned by a young Jewish woman in 1733 and performed once, anonymously, before its disappearance, and her unique violin. When in the present day this instrument is snatched from an obscure grave and the anonymous concerto is discovered in a long-forgotten hiding place, an innocent English scholar is drawn into an increasingly dangerous game of deception. Through the 18th-century letters and journals of a printer?s apprentice, the reader discovers the secret of the concerto, while Daniel Forster, in Venice to work for an ailing art collector, relives the mystery connected to the beautiful piece of music. The story set during the glory days of Vivaldi is more vivid, compelling and romantic than the contemporary one, as Daniel?s a bit of a cold fish. And if the various elements don?t quite add up to a satisfying whole, the intricate view of Venice with its palazzos and sewers, its concert halls and old Jewish ghetto is more than ample compensation." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Intelligent and highly-detailed...rivals Perez-Reverte's The Flanders Panel in historical intricacy, complexity of motive, and multileveled storytelling.... Prepare for a devilish ride." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"[E]choes of Christie, Dickens, O. Henry and even Poe on each page, and yet is unshakably contemporary and unmistakably Hewson. Lucifer's Shadow, set in different time periods, is itself a timeless work, a classic. Highest possible recommendation." Bookreporter.com

Review:

"Lucifer?s Shadow is unputdownable." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Hewson sets his scene masterfully, using the sights, colours, sounds and history of Venice to make the city a character, and it all works perfectly." Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Review:

"Richly enjoyable, sophisticated and beguiling entertainment." Sunday Times

Review:

"An unusual but beautifully-written interwoven twin story of scams, deception and intrigue in the world of music, of all places, set 250 years apart in Venice." Irish News

Review:

"A nice, easy read that most will find a devilishly good way to while away the last days of summer." Omaha World-Herald

Synopsis:

When Daniel Forster, a young Englishman, arrives in Venice, he is soon drawn into a treacherous game of deception spanning three centuries, from the Venice of Vivaldi and Rousseau to the violence of the present day.

About the Author

David Hewson has written five novels as well as several travel books. A weekly columnist for The Sunday Times, he lives in Kent, England, where he is currently working on his second novel featuring Nic Costa, The Villa of Mysteries. His first Nic Costa novel, A Season for the Dead, has recently been published by Delacorte Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385338059
Author:
Hewson, David
Publisher:
Delta
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Printers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.10x6.08x.85 in. .94 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Delta - English 9780385338059 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this Venetian thriller, British author Hewson (A Season for the Dead) offers a tantalizing tale of intrigue, murder and sex. Two props propel the action: a concerto penned by a young Jewish woman in 1733 and performed once, anonymously, before its disappearance, and her unique violin. When in the present day this instrument is snatched from an obscure grave and the anonymous concerto is discovered in a long-forgotten hiding place, an innocent English scholar is drawn into an increasingly dangerous game of deception. Through the 18th-century letters and journals of a printer?s apprentice, the reader discovers the secret of the concerto, while Daniel Forster, in Venice to work for an ailing art collector, relives the mystery connected to the beautiful piece of music. The story set during the glory days of Vivaldi is more vivid, compelling and romantic than the contemporary one, as Daniel?s a bit of a cold fish. And if the various elements don?t quite add up to a satisfying whole, the intricate view of Venice with its palazzos and sewers, its concert halls and old Jewish ghetto is more than ample compensation." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Intelligent and highly-detailed...rivals Perez-Reverte's The Flanders Panel in historical intricacy, complexity of motive, and multileveled storytelling.... Prepare for a devilish ride."
"Review" by , "[E]choes of Christie, Dickens, O. Henry and even Poe on each page, and yet is unshakably contemporary and unmistakably Hewson. Lucifer's Shadow, set in different time periods, is itself a timeless work, a classic. Highest possible recommendation."
"Review" by , "Lucifer?s Shadow is unputdownable." Chicago Tribune
"Review" by , "Hewson sets his scene masterfully, using the sights, colours, sounds and history of Venice to make the city a character, and it all works perfectly."
"Review" by , "Richly enjoyable, sophisticated and beguiling entertainment."
"Review" by , "An unusual but beautifully-written interwoven twin story of scams, deception and intrigue in the world of music, of all places, set 250 years apart in Venice."
"Review" by , "A nice, easy read that most will find a devilishly good way to while away the last days of summer."
"Synopsis" by , When Daniel Forster, a young Englishman, arrives in Venice, he is soon drawn into a treacherous game of deception spanning three centuries, from the Venice of Vivaldi and Rousseau to the violence of the present day.
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