The Lizard’s Bite

By David Hewson

Author of The Killing – that incredible series airing on BBC 4 at the moment. Hewson was born in Yorkshire but most of his novels are set around an Italian detective, Nic Costa. Although, he does have an array of novels to his name that don’t feature Costa.

I came to his writing through the afore-mentioned series [The Killing] and I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. His historical research is very impressive and, although his prose is more ‘literary’ than a lot of crime authors [I’ve read] I found myself quickly immersed in the story.

A short synopsis:

“Things are looking up for Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni – their humiliating exile in Venice is nearly at an end, and their long-awaited holiday is about to begin. So when they are ordered to investigate an apparently open-and-shut-case, a fire in a glass foundry that claimed two lives, all they want to do is wrap it up.

But Costa and Peroni find themselves embroiled in a clandestine and dangerous investigation into the shadowy world that lies beneath Venice’s sparkling façade – where the usual rules do not apply.”

… Life was never black and white in Italy … something about the place both disturbed and interested him. Venice reminded him of a bad yet familiar relative, dangerous to know, difficult to let go …

 

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