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The snow is falling on the ancient streets of Rome. And in the heart of the city, under the Pantheon's great dome, a woman's body lies on the marble floor, carefully positioned with a gruesome carving on her back....In David Hewson's ingenious new thriller, this horrific murder hurtles Rome's police force into a collision with U.S. agents — and a secret that has festered for fifteen years, now unraveling in the world's most enigmatic city.

When Detective Nic Costa arrives at the scene, he is unprepared for what he finds, or for the ambush that leaves his only witness vanished into the night. The dead woman was American. Within hours, U.S. agents descend with a take-no-prisoners style and a shocking story to tell: the killer has struck before, in monuments all over the world, leaving the same cryptic message carved onto the bodies of the victims.

But one agent, beautiful, blond Emily Deacon, has yet another story to tell Nic — about a stunning act of deception that may lead back to the U.S. government, and her own chilling, personal connection to the killer. Now, as the first murder leads to more grisly slayings and a motley crew of veteran Roman cops jousts with the Americans, Nic is pulled into a woman's harrowing search for the truth...a search that will take them both into the mind of a madman, into a shocking conspiracy — and into a dark episode in a nation's long-forgotten past.

From its haunting opening to its nerve-shattering climax, The Sacred Cut defies all our expectations, proving once again the unique and compelling genius of David Hewson.

Review:

"Refreshing.... fully satisfying." Detroit Free Press

Review:

"A fast-paced procedural." The Sacramento Bee

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"Hewson is as adroit as ever in the crafting and characterizations in his tale." Rocky Mountain News

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"Hewson's literate prose, bolstered by local color and historical tidbits, makes for top-flight entertainment." Kirkus Reviews

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"Hewson's solid writing and multidimensional characters command attention from start to finish of this smart, literate thriller....Elegant." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A masterful mix of the high-concept historical thriller and the cynical contemporary Italian procedural." Booklist (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

When Detective Nic Costa arrives on a murder scene, he isn't prepared for what he finds--nor for the ambush that causes his only witness to vanish. As the first murder leads to more grisly slayings, he uncovers a trail of deception that might lead to the U.S. government. Original.

About the Author

David Hewson is the author of several travel books and seven novels, including The Villa of Mysteries, A Season for the Dead, and Lucifer's Shadow, which are available from Dell. A weekly columnist for the Sunday Times, he lives in Kent, England, where he is at work on the next Nic Costa thriller, The Lizard's Bite, coming from Delacorte Press in 2007.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440242185
Author:
Hewson, David
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Conspiracies
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.94x4.30x1.08 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Dell Publishing Company - English 9780440242185 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Refreshing.... fully satisfying."
"Review" by , "A fast-paced procedural."
"Review" by , "Hewson is as adroit as ever in the crafting and characterizations in his tale."
"Review" by , "Hewson's literate prose, bolstered by local color and historical tidbits, makes for top-flight entertainment."
"Review" by , "Hewson's solid writing and multidimensional characters command attention from start to finish of this smart, literate thriller....Elegant."
"Review" by , "A masterful mix of the high-concept historical thriller and the cynical contemporary Italian procedural."
"Synopsis" by , When Detective Nic Costa arrives on a murder scene, he isn't prepared for what he finds--nor for the ambush that causes his only witness to vanish. As the first murder leads to more grisly slayings, he uncovers a trail of deception that might lead to the U.S. government. Original.
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