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The Villa of Mysteries

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries (USA 2005)

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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...

The Villa of Mysteries
In Rome's 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 don't: that in the morgue at Rome's 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 Nic's 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 girl's 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 girl's 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 innocenceŠand 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.

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries. Dell Publishing, ISBN: 0440242371 (August, 2005), 480 p., $6.99.

 

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The Villa of Mysteries

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries (UK 2005)

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A riveting thriller that appropriates the beauty and savagery of classical Rome and plays it off against the corruption and sleaze of the present day. Beware the ides of March...

When a young woman turns up dead in a peat bog near the banks of the River Tiber, Teresa, a maverick pathologist, thinks she's got the victim of an ancient Roman ritual on her hands. She's wrong. Leo Falcone, the chief inspector, knows this case is recent history and the horror is still very much alive.

So begins an investigation that will take the police deep into the dark underworld of modern day Rome's most disturbing and sinister secrets. Nic Costa is trying to stay off the drink. Gianni Peroni used to work vice until he was caught in one of his own department's stings. Emilio Neri, the local mafia boss, can't trust his own son and Vergil Wallis, the American mobster, is refusing to talk. Meanwhile, someone is trying very hard to kill the pathologist. And now another beautiful young woman has gone missing...

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries. Pan Books, ISBN: 0330493655 (April, 2005), 501 p., £6.99.

 

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The Villa of Mysteries

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries (USA 2005)

From the Publisher:
Police pathologist Teresa Lupo is Nic's only equal when it comes to breaking the rules to get results. Now, after years of living with the dead, Teresa insists that her superiors move quickly to save a life, for she is certain that the vanished girl is headed for a bizarre, ancient Bacchanalia involving virgins and sacrificial murder. And with the clock ticking down, Nic and Teresa are about to make the most horrifying discovery of all: that an age-old malevolence still endures...and a very modern vengeance has begun.

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries. Delacorte Press, ISBN: 0385337728 (January, 2005), 338 p., $22.00.

 

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The Villa of Mysteries

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries (UK 2004)

From the Publisher:
A riveting thriller that appropriates the beauty and savagery of classical Rome and plays it off against the corruption and sleaze of the present day. Beware the ides of March...

When a young woman turns up dead in a peat bog near the banks of the River Tiber, Teresa, a maverick pathologist, thinks she's got the victim of an ancient Roman ritual on her hands. She's wrong. Leo Falcone, the chief inspector, knows this case is recent history and the horror is still very much alive.

So begins an investigation that will take the police deep into the dark underworld of modern day Rome's most disturbing and sinister secrets. Nic Costa is trying to stay off the drink. Gianni Peroni used to work vice until he was caught in one of his own department's stings. Emilio Neri, the local mafia boss, can't trust his own son and Vergil Wallis, the American mobster, is refusing to talk. Meanwhile, someone is trying very hard to kill the pathologist. And now another beautiful young woman has gone missing...

David Hewson: The Villa of Mysteries. Macmillan, ISBN: 1405000473 (April, 2004), 360 p., £12.99.

 

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