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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Reprint edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330464566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330464567
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The language is sometimes quite fine, spare but evocative, with some eerie scenes that remind me of certain uncanny moments in David Lynch movies. . . . I am enjoying every page. . . . I would rate this as the best of VMM's thrillers. . . . expect vivid characters, a brooding atmosphere, authentic archaeological details, and a pretty good yarn."  —Steven Saylor, author, Roma
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. Further to numerous academic publications, he has published 13 works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into 34 languages in 55 countries. His novel The Last Legion was released as a major motion picture. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has penned screenplays for cinema and television.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ancameni on July 24, 2011
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The author is, i believe a historian or archaeologist. The storyline is well written, the characters displayed nicely. I would bet, that all the historic references are correct and not just included to make a story better. This was a book that was very interesting and captivated me from the first to the last page. I am looking for more books to read from this author on my Kindle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kiwifunlad on April 15, 2011
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Reminiscent of Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, this novel was an entertaining read although the plot and characters at times unrealistic. Notwithstanding, the Etruscan historical material combined with a modern rural Tuscany was an interesting combination. Late at night, Fabrizio Castellani a young archaelogist researching an ancient Etruscan statue hears a fearful howl. What follows is a number of gruesome murders where Fabrizio together with the Police Lieutenant Marcello Reggiani and two women, Sonia and Francesca follow the trail to solve the identity of the mysterious killer. A good summer read if at times far fetched.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dukie on April 3, 2011
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Like always, Manfredi has a way in expression with words in his books that makes the story even better and making sure the reader can fully understand what is happening.
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Almost like it was written by someone else - not vintage Manfredi at all, except the final third or so of the book, when it regains his old magic touch. But, an interesting read nevertheless. I still will never miss out on any new Manfredis!
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Interesting premise--the robbing of ancient Etruscan graves kicks off a series of violent murders in the city of Volterra (Tuscany). An visiting archeologist researching a particular Giacometti-like Etruscan statue of a young boy is drawn into the graves and murder mystery. The tie-in between Etruscan history, ancient art and modern archeological research grabbed my attention; and the author's reputation and an earlier book, "A Winter's Night" led me to this novel.

"...Curse" certainly has some good writing and interesting moments, but I had some problems accepting a major genre jump that is required of the reader. If I say more about the problem, I will be getting into spoiler territory, so let me conclude by advising the prospective reader to buy this book if you don't mind a story that wanders a bit from factual history in the direction of fantasy/horror.
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