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The Seventh Sacrament (2006)

by David Hewson

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The fifth in the Nic Costa series. I like all of the recurring characters (or at least find them interesting) and the Italian settings, and found the mystery this time around to be a solid and compelling one. Having said that, I really felt that I was slogging through it, and I think that I'm gonna blame the pacing. It just never took off. I wasn't particularly happy with the motivation(s) of one of the antagonists, either, but that bit only came to light at the very end, whereas the entire book was more of an effort than I'm used to, especially in a case where I'm enjoying the story. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
Van http://mom.biblion.nl/ : Professor Giorgio Bramante heeft veertien jaar in de gevangenis gezeten voor moord. Zijn zoon, die destijds verdween in onderaardse gangen onder Rome, is nooit teruggevonden. Nu worden de studenten die bij de verdwijning betrokken waren, een voor een vermoord. Is professor Bramante weer aan het moorden geslagen, en zo ja, hoe kan het rechercheteam van Leo Falcone hem vinden? De labyrinthen onder Rome zijn uitgestrekt en deels nooit onderzocht. Falcone en zijn team hebben intern ook met de nodige strubbelingen te maken: een incompetente commissaris heeft grote haast de zaak op te lossen. Vijfde deel in de reeks met Falcone en zijn team. Zij munten uit door gedegen onderzoek naar historische onderwerpen, in dit geval de eredienst van de god Mithras, een geheimzinnige godsdienst onder Romeinse soldaten. Door de verhaallijn te onderbreken met flashbacks wordt voor de lezers steeds iets meer van het verleden, en daardoor het heden duidelijk. Langdradigheid is een klein negatief aspect, terwijl ook verwijzingen naar eerdere avonturen voor niet-kenners niet allemaal duidelijk zijn. Paperback met kleine druk. - G.P. Schuring
  LuckyLukeAntwerp | May 7, 2010 |
Set in modern day Rome, but tied intricately to the city’s ancient past, "The Seventh Sacrament" is long on atmosphere and reveals a part of the city that few tourists will ever see much of, its historic catacombs. This fifth book in David Hewson’s well received Nic Costa series follows the efforts of Costa and his fellow Roman policemen Gianni Peroni and Leo Falcone to solve a case that the department bungled fourteen years earlier.

When seven-year-old Alessio Bramante disappeared in one of the tunnels being studied by his archaeologist father, Giorgio, the department’s chief concern was to find him while he was still alive. As time seemed to be running out, a decision was made that would ruin one man’s career and haunt Detective Leo Falcone for the rest of his life. The boy’s father was purposely left alone in the cell of one of the suspects in his son’s disappearance where he tried to beat a confession out of the prisoner. The prisoner did not survive that encounter and, as a result, the case against him and his fellow suspects fell apart. Alessio Bramante was never found, and his father turned out to be the only one to serve prison time as a result of his disappearance.

Now, fourteen years later, someone is picking off the remaining suspects one-by-one and has even attempted to kidnap Detective Falcone. Because Giorgio Bramante has recently been released from prison it is easy to name him the prime suspect. But what proves to be nearly impossible is finding him before he finishes going down the list of men he considers responsible for the loss of his son. And Falcone appears to be at the end of that list.

Readers of earlier Nic Costa novels will already know much about the personal lives of Costa and his colleagues but Hewson has made sure that this one can be equally enjoyed by those reading their first novel in the series. His characters, including the villains, are fully-fleshed human beings who share the usual strengths and weakness of the species. One of the novel’s strong points, in fact, is the way that Hewson develops personal lives for his characters and those closest to them, something that not all thriller writers bother to do.

"The Seventh Sacrament" is a complicated narrative that requires the reader to pay strict attention as Hewson tells his story via several points-of-view and across several time lines: the present, the weeks just before and just after the boy’s disappearance, and fourth century Rome. But this extra effort is ultimately rewarded by the way that Hewson so completely ties together all the loose ends and false leads into a satisfying ending.

Rated at: 4.0 ( )
  SamSattler | Jan 14, 2009 |
Although it certainly has it moments, on the whole this is a disappointing read: the elements of an exciting story are in place, but the plot does not jell into a satisfactory whole.

Possibly Hewson tries to include too much, as we have a secret underground city, a relic that suddenly sports fresh blood stains, a cold case involving a missing child, Mithraism, and a seemingly invisible and invincible serial killer.

Add to thus the somewhat fraught personal and romantic lives of the main characters and it is no wonder Hewson, like a juggler with too many balls in the air, metaphorically drops a few ( )
  adpaton | Sep 10, 2008 |
Very good book. It started off slow with a lot of informaiton on the ancient religion of Mithras but turned out to be pretty exciting. ( )
  bkladyatl | Dec 7, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440242991, Mass Market Paperback)

In the heat of a Rome summer, a seven-year-old boy vanishes in the dank catacombs beneath the city. Now fourteen years have passed, and in acclaimed author David Hewson’s stunning new crime novel the heart-wrenching case has come back to life as Detective Nic Costa and his fellow investigators search through layers of their city’s history–for a killer leaving a trail of bodies, lust, and revenge.

When young Alessio Bramante vanished, there was plenty of blame to go around. His father, a
charismatic professor of archaeology, inexplicably left Alessio alone near a labyrinth of ancient
tunnels and excavations. Six of the professor’s university students, fueled by booze and bravado, involved the boy in their own bizarre ritual at an altar of the ancient warrior god Mithras. And then there were the police: a commanding officer left Giorgio Bramante alone with the prime
suspect, allowing Alessio’s father to beat the man to death.

After years in prison, Giorgio has been set free and, one by one, those connected to the boy’s
disappearance are dying. As Costa and his fellow detectives scramble to find Giorgio, they are thrust into a darkening web of hidden perversions and secret passions past and present.
Because at the heart of this case–as close and as far away as Rome’s underground treasures–is the unanswered question: what really happened to little Alessio Bramante fourteen years ago–and why was his body never found?


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Costa, Peroni and Leo Falcone team up once again when faced with the sudden appearance of fresh bloodstains on a missing young boy's T-shirt. But soon they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving the ancient cult of Mithras and a sinister ossuary.… (more)

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