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The Fallen Angel is the last of several David Hewson's novels about a group of Rome police detectives. While Nic Costa is considered the lead in the group, throughout the series, Leo the Chief Inspector, Gionni the long serving detective and Teresa, Gionni's wife and the police pathologist, all have their turns as the main character in the series. Others like Agatha, a nun turned art teacher, and Emily, Nic's architect wife murdered in an earlier book, all play important roles.
Equally important in the series are Hewson's literary device of tying each contemporary story into a parallel historical event and his use of Rome as the canvass for the action. If you haven't visited Rome, he helps you visualize it's wonder and, if you have been to Rome, he brings it back to life in your mind. In the Fallen Angel, Nic must discover whether a man's fall from a five story building was an accident or a reenactment of a tragedy that occurred on the same street in 1599. This is Hewson's best effort in the Nic Costa series. He is able to tell a story that unfolds and unfolds and unfolds and unfolds up to the final page. The story is excellent and the narration is, if possible, better. You won't be able to use you credits much better but be prepared for lots of "garage minutes."
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I've listened to all of Hewson's books and this is my favorite to date. The main characters (i.e. Nic Costa, etc.) are the same as in the previous books and the story is very well done. The descriptions of Rome and the inner turmoil of the cast of characters are, as usual, fabulous. The storyline kept me wondering the entire time...I won't reveal more about it so I don't ruin it for you. Saul Reichlin does a great job with the narration. If you are a Hewson fan, then this is a must listen !
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I've listened to all eight of the previous books in Hewson's Rome series following the detectives: Nic Costa, Giani Peroni and Leo Falconi and their collaboration with pathologist Teresa Lupo. If you've followed the series you'll know the author's style of combining a contemporary crime with an historical event often depicted in a painting. Each book has a stand-alone story, but you do get more insight into the characters by following the series chronologically. This ninth book is an intriguing crime story that resonates with an execution of a young women, Beatrice Censi, who was beheaded four hundred years earlier for killing her father. The modern day story involves the death of Malise Gabriel an English academic who falls to his death: is it an accident or murder? Mina, the daughter of the dead man identifies with Beatrice. But don't be surprised that the solution is not simple and there are twists and turns throughout the book. Great stuff.
Saul Reichlin is a superb narrator and all the Italian words flow off his tongue like a native as they do when he reads all the Swedish words in the Steig Larsson, Millennium trilogy.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
First time with this author so went off the reviews.
Not disappointed in the least. After the first half hour, I put the iTouch on at every opportunity.
Good clear reading if basic vocal characterisations - Im used to brilliant vocalisations from the readers of the Terry Pratchett novels, spoilt really.
The plot develops at quite a pace and there are twist and turns of the "who dunnit" as you go along. Put on Google earth and I suspect you could get a tour of Rome at the same time.
Great, absorbing listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful