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A Season for the Dead by [Hewson, David]
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Length: 496 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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U.K. novelist and journalist Hewson (Solstice) presents the first in a line of thrillers set in Italy and features detective Nic Costa and an ensemble cast drawn from the ranks of the Rome state police. University professor Sara Farnese is at her desk in the Reading Room of the Vatican Library perusing a 10th-century copy of Apicius's first-century cookbook De Re Coquinaria when former lover and fellow university professor Stefano Rinaldi careens into the room dragging a large plastic bag. Rinaldi dumps the contents of the bagâ€"the freshly flayed skin of an adult maleâ€"and quotes the Christian theologian, Tertullian ("The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church"), then takes a couple of bullets in the head from a panic-stricken Swiss Guard. Detective Costa and partner Luca Rossi are outside the Vatican in St. Peter's Square on pickpocket patrol when they catch the news of the shooting on a police scanner, charge into the Reading Room and are quickly kicked out by security man Brendan Hanrahan for jurisdictional reasons ("The Vatican is another country"). Rossi and Costa become officially involved when the skinless remains of Sara's lover and the body of Rinaldi's wife are found strung up in an ancient Roman church. After this rousing beginning, the intricate plot spins off in several directions, involving corrupt cardinal Michael Denney, the Mafia, Vatican secrecy and the serial killer who's murdering Sara's former lovers in ways that mimic famous paintings depicting the martyrdom of selected saints. Outsized, eccentric characters, a complex story and an abundance of historical detail make this engrossing book more than just another cookie-cutter, religious-nut serial killer thriller.
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"Richly enjoyable, sophisticated and beguiling entertainment."
--Sunday Times

"Keeps the reader guessing...relentlessly tightening the suspense until the end."
--Daily Telegraph?

"Engrossing... a complex story and an abundance of historical detail."
--Publishers Weekly

"An idealistic detective ... Likeable Nic exudes series potential."
--Kirkus Reviews

A Season for the Dead, like The Da Vinci Code, is a thriller that takes an unflattering look at the Catholic Church, but it is better written and more sophisticated than Dan Brown's phenomenal bestseller… The books differ, too, in that Hewson, far more than Brown or most thriller writers, has a serious concern for character.”
--Washington Post


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  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385337221
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (March 30, 2004)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2004
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1B24
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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