Dante's Numbers : Nic Costa

  • by David Hewson
  • Narrated by Saul Reichlin
  • Series: Nic Costa
  • 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the gorgeous grounds of Rome's Villa Borghese park the glitterati of the movie world are gathered for a world premiere. A legendary Italian movie director has come out of retirement to create a blockbuster based on Dante's Inferno. But, as Nic Costa and his colleagues attempt to guard the precious collection of historic artifacts attached to the event, the premiere is disrupted by tragedy and a horrific murder. Is a disgruntled admirer of Dante taking his revenge on the cast of the movie? Or are more mundane motives, the dubious financing of the film through criminal connections, to blame? Before Costa and crew have the chance to find out they are removed from the inquiry and find themselves sidelined by the Carabinieri. But when the movie premiere shifts to California and the iconic surroundings of the Marina in San Francisco, Nic Costa's inspector, Leo Falcone, manages to bring them along to work on the investigation from the sidelines. And as life begins to resemble art, Costa and his friends come to realise that the inspiration behind these crimes may be more recent than the Carabinieri suspect.

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When in Rome...

I've listened to all the Nic Costa series and have really enjoyed them, especially when read by Saul Reichlin. Much of their appeal is the setting in Rome and in my opinion, something was lost by transferring the team to San Fransisco. There is little interaction between Costa, Peroni and co which I missed and I found it hard to sympathise with any of the new American characters. Hewson writes brilliantly and his plot is ingenious but too complicated and contrived for me. If I had read Dante's Inferno or seen Vertigo I might have enjoyed it more. For the first time I was glad when the audio book came to an end but it won't stop me listening to the next one, especially if it's back on home ground.
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- Baladobabe

Dantes Numbers

Like the first reviewer I found the change of scene to America distracting and could not emphathise with the American characters at all. I hope David Hewson's next book is again set in Rome and we again have the full interaction between Costa, Falcone et al. Saul Reichlin was superb as always but confess I was quite glad when the book ended. And that was a first!


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- Diana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-03-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks