The Lizard's Bite : Nic Costa

  • by David Hewson
  • Narrated by Saul Reichlin
  • Series: Nic Costa
  • 13 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On an August night on a small island near Venice, a fire explodes in a glassmaking shop. When help arrives, two people are dead, a rich Englishman is implicated, and investigators from Rome are assigned a case no one wants them to solve. On their private island, the Arcangelo family defies the world: living in a decaying palazzo, making glass in a terrifying, archaic furnace, watching their absurd exhibition hall sink into disrepair. But now the world is coming to their dying outpost in a crumbling corner of a Venice that tourists never see. Police boats and vaporetti bring investigators, curiosity seekers, and one man who plans to own the property himself. With two family members consumed by the foundry fire, both mystery and opportunity have been bared to the bone.
On special assignment from Rome, Detective Nic Costa, along with his partner, his boss, and a dogged pathologist named Teresa Lupo, is getting in the way of progress, Venetian-style. They know that Uriel Arcangelo and his wife were murdered. They know that a predatory Englishman must be a suspect, as is the family of the murdered woman. And while everyone wants the Roman cops to give up and go home, they can't...because a matter of desire, death, and lies has just turned murderously on one of them.


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Customer Reviews

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The characters grow on you

I started late with this thriller series and am now trying to catch up with earier releases in chronological order.

At first I thought the Italian police investigators were a bit too stereotyped for my liking but the cast does grow on you. David Hewson´s novels are filled with excellent descriptions of Rome and Italy, and not only the tourist spots featured, for example, in Dan Brown´s work. The stories around Nic Costa and his entourage of colleagues are basically very interesting and cleverly plotted, and "The Lizard´s Bite", set near Venice, is no exception.

I also appreciate that all dialogue is not performed with some overdone weird Italian accent but in clear precise English and look forward to listening to all future releases from David Hewson.
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- C. Kuschel-Toerber

Brits in Italy

This is a tough review to make and write. It is between a 3 and a 4 star but we don't have that choice so I went with a weak 4. I was a little bothered by the British accent of the narrator with Italian characters. Also at times the author became overly literary and went off on descriptive tangents with overly drawn metaphors that might be found in a classic English romantic novel. That said, David Newson can tell a good story. Great plot and plot twists. Lots of clues and lots of red herrings. Good characters and good character development. As I said, it is hard to review but worth a listen. I will give him another try in this Nick Costa series.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2006
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks