The picture possessed a frightful beauty, one which burned so brightly that, once witnessed, could never be unseen . . .
Even the presence of two corpses, one clearly murdered, the other dead through strange and suspicious circumstances, did nothing to distract their attention from the canvas . . .
In a hidden studio in an area of Rome where the Vatican liked to keep an eye on the city's prostitutes, an art expert from the Louvre is found dead in front of one of the most beautiful paintings that Nic Costa has ever seen - an unknown Caravaggio masterpiece.
But before long tragedy will strike Nic far closer to home. The main suspect's identity is known, but he remains untouchable ' protected in his grand palazzo by a fleet of lawyers and a sinister cult known as the Ekstasists. If Costa and his team can crack the reasons for the cult's existence, he may well stand a chance of nailing the double-killer.
But the mystery will take him right back to Caravaggio himself and the reasons he had to flee Rome all those centuries before . . .
About the Author
David Hewson was born in Yorkshire in 1953. He has worked as a journalist since 1978, most recently for the Sunday Times. This is the sixth novel in his Italian crime series featuring Detective Nic Costa. The author lives in Kent.
"A thought-provoking blend of art history and mystery, The Garden of Evil is ... a treat for readers who like their entertainment literate."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"A plot as serpentine--and suspense-filled--as the ancient Roman byways through which Costa stalks his prey."--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review
"Impossible to put down."--"Daily Express"
"Opens with a shocker that will have series fans reeling...Arturo Perez-Reverte has long set the gold standard for mixing history, mystery, and modern life into literary stews of mouthwatering flavor and incredible subtlety, but it's time to agree that Hewson now shares that position--and is on the verge of claiming it outright."--"Booklist, "starred review
Series: Nic Costa Ser.
Number Of Pages: 533
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.780 x 10.922 x 3.302
Weight (kg): 0.282
Edition Number: 1