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City of Fear (2010)

by David Hewson

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Really enjoy reading Hewson/Costa, but this was not one of my favorites ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Sep 18, 2013 |
Move over John Le Carre
  boxhillbooks | Jul 9, 2010 |
Hewson keeps up the superior Nic Costa series, with Costa's team from Rome's Polizia di Stato investigating a series of escalating terrorist threats occurring as the city prepares for a G8 summit. Italy's president (an old family friend of the Costa family) gives them a private assignment to look deeper, but each step they take increases official threats against them by the Italian intelligence community. Then one of their own is gunned down in front of them by the apparent terrorist, a follower of an Etruscan devil. All hell breaks loose as Rome is put under martial law and the team realizes that someone in the government is pulling the strings. This is a change of direction for the series, which usually centers on complicated murders, but it's among the best Hewson's written. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Jun 7, 2010 |
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Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt.
Men willingly believe what they wish.
-Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico, Book III, Chapter 18
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The Garden of the Quirinale felt like a sun trap as the man in the silver armor strode down the shingle path.
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Twenty years ago, a mysterious group called the Blue Demon committed a series of bizarre and ritualistic crimes evoking the legacy of the lost race of the Etruscans, and leaving in their wake a group of dead students, a murdered couple, a cryptic message and a kidnapped child. Now, the leaders of the G8 are descending on Rome for a summit at the Quirinale Palace. But when a politician is found ritually murdered, seemingly by a strange young man dressed as an Etruscan god, detective Nic Costa suspects that the old case was never really solved. The Blue Demon appear to have returned - and planning, under the leadership of the fanatical Andrea Petrakis, to unleash a devastating sequence of attacks on the city. As Costa and his team start to dig deeper into the past, they find that there are still too many unanswered questions - and much more to the history of the Blue Demon than anyone wants to admit ...

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When a terrorist group stationed in Rome adopts a symbol from an ancient civilization to justify a violent agenda targeting a G8 conference, Nic Costa of the Questura is called upon to discern the plot and uncovers disturbing links to top government levels.… (more)

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