• The Sacred Cut

  • The Rome Series: Book 3
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Series: Nic Costa, Book 3
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-02-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (356 ratings)


It's approaching Christmas in Rome and snow is falling in a way that only happens every twenty or thirty years. The city is soon paralyzed by an unseasonal icy grip, and in the dark corners of the Pantheon a grim and mysterious story begins to unfold. Nic Costa and his partner Gianni Peroni are called to reports of an intruder. Instead they find a woman's naked body, scarred in a geometric pattern. Almost immediately they are met by a team from the FBI determined to take over an investigation into what they claim is a killer murdering American tourists around the world, in ways which link back to the mystical structure of the Pantheon itself. But one agent, Emily Deacon, has a different story to tell, one that has a tragic personal dimension. Through her and an elusive Iraqi girl Laila, only witness to the death in the Pantheon, Nic Costa is pulled relentlessly into the world of the Iraq war and the shadowy secret agents whose job was to penetrate the regime of Saddam Hussein before the armed forces attacked. Soon he is aware that there is a conspiracy at the heart of these deaths which runs back to Washington, and the past of Emily Deacon's dead father, a tangle of connections he has to unravel, even if it comes at a considerable personal and professional cost. A madman is loose in the frozen winter landscape of Rome, and as Costa soon realises, he is one the American agents know only too well...
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©2005 David Hewson; (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robb on 10-03-06

Pure enjoyment!

Good fast paced police/spy thriller with excellent delivery by the reader. The characters have depth and are believable, the story intriguing with good well thought out plot. A very enjoyable listen, I would be interested in more from this author and reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 28-05-06

Please record more!!

First time had 'read' anything from David Hewson and thought it was excellent - please get more!!! Well plotted with explanations which fit into the flow of conversation and discovery - and a couple of unexpected twists. Most enjoyable.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anniebligh on 07-12-16

In the Mood

I found with 'Garden of Evil', that listening for a second time altered my perspective, and over the years have listened to that novel more than twice. And 'enjoyed' it very much.

Grisly yes, Hewson's novels can be that. Maybe a listener does need to be in the mood for bloody mayhem and be prepared with an open mind for a different way of the macabre. being presented.

Hewson's novels could disturb your equilibrium and, a bit like good art. help you see the world in a slightly different way. Italy is a grand area for such shifts in perspective, some buildings or streets may never be quite the same for you. Not in a nightmare sense at all but more along the lines of pushing us to view the world as possibly being different to what we are told.
Saul Reichlin reads well too

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Prefer Anonymity on 03-01-08


The plot gets lost in ponderous narrative and monotone narrator. This story is promoted as a thriller/serial murder mystery but turns out to be a longwinded novel.

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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