In the middle of the night at the Museum of Volterra, young archeologist Fabrizio Castellani is immersed in his work – research into the famous Etruscan statue known as The Night Shadow. Completely engrossed, he is startled by the phone ringing. An icy female voice warns him to abandon his work at once.
A series of gruesome killings shortly follow, throwing the people of Volterra into a panic. The victims – all involved in the descration of an unexplored tomb – have been torn to pieces by a beast of unimaginable size. Fabrizio is in charge of excavating this Etruscan tomb.
Fabrizio is joined in his fearless investigation of the past by Francesca Dionisi, a vivacious young researcher, and foremost by Lieutenant Reggiani, a brilliant carabinieri officer assigned to the case. Fabrizio is convinced that a single event has set off the entire chain of events.
What is hiding inside the enigmatic statue? What lies behind the bloodthirsty rage that has lain in wait for all these centuries? What tragedy is hidden behind the inscription? Will Fabrizio manage to unravel these secrets without being sucked into the spiral of violence himself?
About the Author
Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. Further to numerous academic publications, he has published thirteen works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty-five countries. His novel The Last Legion was released as a major motion picture. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has penned screenplays for cinema and television.
"'Manfredi...shows Dan Brown how it should be done' Daily Express"
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34