A Season for the Dead : Nic Costa

  • by David Hewson
  • Narrated by Sean Baker
  • Series: Nic Costa
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a hushed Vatican reading room, the scene was shocking: a crazed professor shot dead after brandishing evidence of a grisly crime. Moments later, two bodies are found in a nearby church, each with a gruesome calling card from the killer. As the August heat takes Rome in its fiery grip, the news of the two brutal murders holds the city in thrall. And as the media gathers and Vatican officials close ranks, a young detective is sent to the forefront of the case. Nic Costa is the son of an infamous Italian Communist, a connoisseur of Caravaggio, and a cop who barely looks his twenty-seven years of age. Thrust into the heart of a killing spree that will rattle his city down to its ancient bones, Nic meets a woman who will soon dominate both his consciousness and his investigation. A cool, beautiful professor of early Christianity, Sara Farnese was in the Vatican library on that fateful day, a witness to her colleague's strange outburst and death. But her role will become even more puzzling as more bodies are found: Each victim killed in a gory tableau of Christian martyrdom. And each victim had intimately known Sara, whose silence Costa cannot quite crack and whose carnal history becomes more lurid and unfathomable with every revelation. Soon, a nightmarish chase is implicating politicians and priests - while at the heart of the matter remains the woman Costa is both investigating and guarding. Wanting to believe in Sara's innocence, Nic still cannot turn his eyes from the truths he is uncovering. Even as the secrets of a woman, a killer and a city begin to unravel...with devastating consequences.

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An extraordinary and gripping story

I tried this book after hearing the interview with the author, David Hewson, and hearing the first chapter on the Audible Newsletter. I wasn't disappointed. I often am filled with admiration for the ingenuity of crime writers in the novel ways they conjure up to murder people. Hewson, in this book, surpasses most in the sheer audacity of the methods used in the multiple murders he describes.
Though a long book, it never flagged and kept one gripped to the end. It's not just a crime story: the characters come to life in ones imagination.
Another reviewer disliked the use of a Lancashire accent for one of the characters. I disagree: Italy, like the UK, must have numerous regional accents and the only way to depict this for us the the UK is to use our regional variations. On a practical note the various accents helped me, at least, to keep track of the different characters-a great help in an audio book.
I intend to listen to the rest of the series as I've been hooked by this first book.
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- Kirstine

What a shame ...

... about the narrator! The first two books of the Rome series appear to have been released later and I can hear why.

I liked the story and loved the way we were invited into the family life of one of the heroes of the book. Unfortunately this young, Italian stud was given a camp-sounding accent from Lancashire. And the main female character spoke always in a husky whisper.

I would recommend this was heard by those who, like myself, are engaged by the Rome series, but the narration is not nearly as good as the later books, read by Saul Reichlin.
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- G. Ryan "Gwen Ryan"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2007
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks