BookBrowse Reviews A Visible Darkness by Michael Gregorio

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A Visible Darkness

A Mystery

by Michael Gregorio

A Visible Darkness
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2009, 464 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2011, 464 pages

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Donna Chavez

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Philosophy and chemistry run amok in this intelligent, compelling historical thriller

Chief among the many gifts the husband and wife writing team of Michael G Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio bring to this atmospheric thriller is the ability to deliver the environment of Prussia's Baltic Coast in 1808 as a living, breathing, odiferous locale. Indeed, it is fair to say I spent a good deal of the time reading this novel with my nose wrinkled. But that is a good thing, since the effect not only enhances a sense of place but brings the summer of 1808 to the forefront to the extent that it becomes its own vibrant character. At the outset it interacts with Magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis as he dodges flies attracted to the dung mounds that clog the roads in his tiny hamlet. It even interferes with his wife Helena's sleep when she dreams that one of those cursed flies has crawled into her baby's mouth.

But that's just the beginning. Throughout, the hot weather, ...

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