From the book jacket:
The snow is
falling in Rome - in the heart of the city, under the Pantheon's great dome, a
woman's body lies on the marble floor, carefully positioned with a gruesome
carving on her back....this horrific murder hurtles Rome's police force into a collision
with U.S. agents and a secret that has festered for fifteen years, now
unraveling in the world's most enigmatic city.
When Detective Nic Costa arrives at the scene, he is unprepared for what he
finds, or for the ambush that leaves his only witness vanished into the night.
The dead woman was American. Within hours, U.S. agents descend with a
take-no-prisoners style and a shocking story to tell: the killer has struck
before, in monuments all over the world, leaving the same cryptic message carved
onto the bodies of the victims.
But one agent, beautiful, blond...
Beyond the Book
About the Nic Costa series: The Sacred Cut
is Hewson's third mystery to
star Roman detective Nic Costa. The series started with A Season for
, published in the UK in 2003 and in the USA in 2004. Then
followed The Villa of Mysteries
(2004/2005) and The Sacred
The next in the series, The Lizard's Bite
was published in the UK in March and will be available in hardcover in the USA this November. Hewson says the story harks back
to an earlier standalone mystery he wrote - Lucifer's Shadow
(published in the UK in 2001 and in the US in 2005), and includes some of the
same characters. Costa takes on a case that, for the first time, takes him
beyond the known and comfortable confines...