The first in an Italian crime series set in Rome. Whilst Sara Farnese pours over ancient texts in the silent and beautiful Vatican reading room, a crazed man enters carrying a bloodied bag. He walks up to Sara's desk. He has something he would like her to see . Sara is inextricably linked to a series of horrific murders, each one representative of the death of a martyr of the Church. Enter Detectives Costa and Rossi. They must protect Sara whilst hunting down the killer, and time is running short.
by David Hewson
"Hewson deftly creates Vatican City with all its pomp and secrecy. Detectives Costa and Rossi are desperate to catch a maniacal murderer who knows his church history and is murdering victims by following the same methods used to kill early church martyrs. Sean Baker is excellent as he portrays these "reverential" murders in a style that makes listeners feel like they're learning about the case through verbal asides from church and police insiders. While the setting and interesting bits of church history are entertaining, this novel is also violent and graphic. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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