Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome’s seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.
Why are they so unwilling to co-operate, and who, or what, is the reason for their silence?
©2011 David Hewson (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
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."
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 !
David Hewson certainly knows Rome and his descriptions of the monuments in the novel together with the way he weaves them into the plot makes this book a joy to read. I've read all of his previous works and think this is the best. The characters have depth and are interesting in themselves.
Learning story of Beatrice Cenci
Feeling I was in Rome
Didn't have one specifically
Will be buying more of David Hewson's books
This is another enjoyable (if a little convoluted) Nic Costa book. The core of the story was a little overly complex at times, but I did enjoy seeing the development of the regular characters.
The only thing a really didn't like was there was no resolution between the Blue Demon and this book. I thought this would have covered a book by itself. Instead it was glossed over with a single paragraph, and that made me a little confused that I'd missed a book in the series.
But overall this was pretty good. If Audible has the earlier Nic Costa series available then I'd get them, but unfortunately I've come to the end of the series. So thank David Hewson; I just wish I could listen to the first half of the series.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Either my ear quickly adjusted to the reader, Saul Reichlin, or he quickly got into stride.The story was engaging and I was soon very much in Rome and being pulled in to the mystery of 'did he fall or was he pushed'. I have liked other David Hewson's books as they are certainly a little different in plot and setting. No exception here. My only problem is that I want to see a map of Rome showing the places, the roads mentioned. Rome is so old, and city is built upon city, that it makes a wonderful setting. As it is not so easy to hop on a plane and explore the city with 'new' eyes, I would like a small pdf file to go with his story. Well I really want to re visit Rome as a result of listening to Mr Hewson's stories.
"Another intruging story in the Rome series"
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.
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.
This is the best David Hewson that I've read ... it is a beautifully crafted story: weaving history into a modern setting. It builds slowly but interestingly to a clever and satisfying ending.
"Irrationally irritated... Give it a miss"
I have a lot of Hewson books so this was an unexpected surprise when I found myself irrationally hating the main character the - femme fatale: a British 17yr old beauty, yada yada.
I appreciate that these ethereal characters are meant to take us from the humdrum worlds we all live in unfortunately I found myself irrationally hoping she might end up dead just to spice things up.
The story was so slow to get going I really didn't care about the victims, murderers or finding justice. Having said that if you can hold fast through the ridiculous luring of Nic Costa the ending has a twist. Probably should have seen it coming but I'd lost the will to care by then and it didn't change my overall opinion - miss this one out. Sorry David.
"Clumsiest attempt at a plot twist ever"
Nope, it was a bit tedious and the ending was stupid. Also the romantic interest is extremely annoying.
Avoid creating plot elements based on key characters doing stupid, exasperating things. One or two of the characters were likeable and believable - Peroni, Teresa, Nic himself - but the Chief Inspector and Agatha were completely 2-dimensional and kept repeating the same annoying traits over and over again.
Also would have been nice to avoid the wearisome repetition about past history. He just didn't handle that material well.
He was the best thing about it. I got to like his voice from the "Girl who" books, and I think that's what kept me listening to the end.
"Another great book in the Rome series"
David Hewson's love of Rome comes across in these books in the Rome series and I felt that this was particularly so in The Fallen Angel. The Roman backdrop was brought to life very effectively, the plot was intricate and well structured and the characters came to life readily in the narration. Another very enjoyable audiobook.
"Rome, murder, family"
The whole Costa police family are back in this complex family mystery murder, as ever Rome is the star of this book
I am registered blind and this author certainly stimulated my imagination. With the history and current day life in Rome, I felt that I lived and walked the streets of Rome and was a familiar visotr to the many restaurants featured in the book. A brilli8ant thriller, I am hooked, I have just bought all four books in the Rome series,. Will be desperate to find a similar writer, when I have read all David Hewsons books.
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