Friday, 7 June 2013

My Review of The Blue Demon by David Hewson

The Blue Demon (Nic Costa, #8)The Blue Demon by David Hewson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This eighth book in the Nic Costa series is the best yet. Our intrepid team, including the young detective’s friend and partner Peroni, the pathologist Teresa, and their boss Falcone, are trying to keep Rome safe during a meeting of the leaders of the G-8 nations in the Quirinale. After an aborted terrorist attack, the city closes down as if under siege. The conflicts between the Carabiniere, the military police, and the Polizia di Stato runs through the narrative.

The story takes us back to the earliest settlers of the region north if Rome, the Etruscans, and to one of their gods, the “blue demon” of the title. It is a twisted tale, (as are all of Hewson’s book in this great series) involving terrorism and the political motivations behind it. Much of it could have been taken from the pages of recent newspapers, although I am relieved to say the destruction of one of my favorite Roman monuments is a purely fictional moments in this exciting read. I wish I had read the end notes before I read the book. One of the shocking aspects of Hewson’s writing is how much of it is based on recent events. His faction is laced with fact and his characters are out of the pages of recent Italian history.

I am impressed more with each book in this series at the level of scholarship Hewson brings to his writing. His knowledge of Italian history is encyclopedic, and his love of Italian art and architecture shines through the pages. I find myself lingering over the beauty of his descriptive passages, bookmarking them and rereading them.

I recommend this book without reservation to all lovers of literate detective stories and all lovers of Rome. It will not disappoint.

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