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The Villa of Mysteries


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ISBN13: 9780440242376
ISBN10: 0440242371
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In a thriller of astounding menace and power, the acclaimed author of A Season for the Dead returns to the landscape he has made his own—the seething landscape of modern-day Rome-where ancient crimes lie hidden beneath colorful, bustling avenues. Here a teenage girl has disappeared, a detective is exploring a 2000-year-old ritual-and an astonishing mystery is about to unravel in a city of secrets and rage….

In Romes crowded Campo dei Fiori, a woman rushes up to two carabinieri lounging in their sunglasses and uniforms, insisting that her sixteen-year-old daughter has just been abducted. Detective Nic Costa sees the scene unfold and intervenes. Because Costa knows what the two officers dont: that in the morgue at Romes police headquarters, a forensic pathologist is examining the strange, mummified corpse of another

girl, whose disappearance and death bear haunting similarities….

Police pathologist Teresa Lupo is Nics colleague, friend, and his only equal when it comes to breaking the rules to get results, whatever the cost. Now, after years of living with the dead, Teresa insists that her superiors move quickly to save a life. Poring over the body of the girl in the morgue, she has found too many similarities between the girls, including a unique, leering tattoo. Lupo is sure that the vanished girl is headed for a bizarre ancient Bacchanalia involving virgins and sacrificial murder-a ritual that is only days away.

As Nic and Teresa claw at the case from two sides-and as Nic finds himself at once puzzled and beguiled by the missing girls seductive mother-a chilling picture is beginning to emerge…of secret relationships and sexual depravity, organized crime and unimaginable corruption. With the clock ticking down on a young girls life, Nic and Teresa are about to make the most horrifying discovery of all—in a pit of human darkness, where an age-old malevolence still endures, evil has consumed innocence…and a very modern vengeance has begun.

A spellbinding mix of suspense, forensic science, and human drama, The Villa of Mysteries will catch you off guard at every turn—a novel that is at once heartbreaking and impossible to put down.


The acclaimed author of "A Season for the Dead" pens this "atmospheric follow-up steeped in dark ritual" ("Publishers Weekly"). Rome detective Nic Costa goes up against a bizarre and deadly cult to save an innocent young girl.

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 next novel featuring Nic Costa, Sacred Cut.

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Edward Hahn, June 11, 2013 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I generally enjoy Hewson's Costa/Peroni books but this one dragged a little. I still had a hard time putting it down.

The story opens with two seemingly unrelated incidents, a buried body in a marsh outside Ostia and a kidnapping in the Campo dei Fiori. So Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni begin an investigation that takes them deep into modern Rome's underworld. Nic's trying to recover from drinking too much and Gianni, ex-vice cop, trying to recoup his reputation after being caught in one of his own department's stings.

Soon the investigation involves Emilio Neri, the local mafia boss and Vergil Wallis, an American mobster, who is refusing to talk. Meanwhile, someone is trying very hard to kill Teresa Lupo the Questura's pathologist before she figures out the truth about the exhumed body. There are many twists which also involve Leo Falcone the head of the investigation and his ex-lover. a lawyer in the organized crime bureau.

What is fascinating about this plot and others in the series is that events often hark back to an earlier time - in this case the Dyonesian Rituals of ancient Rome.

Eventually things come to a head and justice appears to be served as most of the guilty end up dead. However, do not skip the epilogue, titled "Aprile" for a surprising twist to the entire story.

In spite of it taking me longer than usual to finish this book, it did not disappoint and I am still motivated to read all the others in the series.
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Product Details

Hewson, David
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Missing persons
Horror - General
Mystery fiction
Mystery-A to Z
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Mass market paperback
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6.76x4.22x1.05 in. .48 lbs.

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