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ISBN: 0440242991
Author: David Hewson
Language: English
Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 115
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The Seventh Sacrament book. The Seventh Sacrament is the fifth in David Hewson’s police detective series set in Rome and featuring agente Nic Costa and his friends. It is as compelling as all his others.

The Seventh Sacrament book. Set against a backdrop of modern Rome, we are led deep underground for much of the story, into the world of the archaeologist.

This fifth book in David Hewson's well received Nic Costa series follows the efforts of Costa and his fellow .

This fifth book in David Hewson's well received Nic Costa series follows the efforts of Costa and his fellow Roman policemen Gianni Peroni and Leo Falcone to solve a case that the department bungled fourteen years earlier. The Seventh Sacrament" is a complicated narrative that requires the reader to pay strict attention as Hewson tells his story via several points-of-view and across several time lines: the present, the weeks just before and just after the boy's disappearance, and fourth century Rome. But this extra effort is ultimately rewarded by the way that Hewson so completely ties together all the loose ends and false leads into a satisfying ending.

Costa had found the answer to those questions eight weeks before, when Emily had joined him in an expensive restaurant in London, after his final meeting at the Gallery in Trafalgar Square. And when they were parents, Nic Costa promised himself, life would surely begin in earnest, something he was about to say to the four of them gathered in Leo Falcone’s living room, after he and Emily had made their two announcements, only to find his words drowned out in the clamour of noise around them.

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Listen to the full audiobook The Seventh Sacrament: The Rome Series: Book 5, for free at audilib Nic Costa, watching Falcone move relentlessly into the man's deadly grip, realises the answer to the deadly present must lie in solving a cold case that, like the forgotten Alessio Bramante, has long been regarded as dead and buried for good.

The Seventh Sacrament is the fifth in the Nic Costa series, David Hewson's detective novels of love and death in Italy. There’s an entire underground city down there. houses and temples, entire streets. And Nic Costa, watching Falcone move relentlessly into the man’s merciless grip, realizes the answer must lie in solving a cold case that, like the forgotten Alessio Bramante, has long been regarded as dead and buried for good.

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The square was only two minutes’ walk from Alessio’s front door, and the same from the entrance to the Scuola Elementare di Santa Cecilia, so this was. A journey he made every day, always with his father, a precise and serious man who would retrace his steps from the school gates back to the square, where his office, an outpost of the university, was located.

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The Seventh Sacrament. Author: David Hewson. Publication date: 2007. Back in Rome after their dramatic adventures in Venice, Costa, Peroni and Leo Falcone are rebuilding their lives. But they team up once again when faced with the sudden appearance of fresh bloodstains on a missing young boy’s T-shirt in a small museum exhibit displaying supposed evidence of communication from souls in Purgatory

In the heat of a Rome summer, a seven-year-old boy vanishes in the dank catacombs beneath the city. Now fourteen years have passed, and in acclaimed author David Hewson’s stunning new crime novel the heart-wrenching case has come back to life as Detective Nic Costa and his fellow investigators search through layers of their city’s history–for a killer leaving a trail of bodies, lust, and revenge.When young Alessio Bramante vanished, there was plenty of blame to go around. His father, a charismatic professor of archaeology, inexplicably left Alessio alone near a labyrinth of ancient tunnels and excavations. Six of the professor’s university students, fueled by booze and bravado, involved the boy in their own bizarre ritual at an altar of the ancient warrior god Mithras. And then there were the police: a commanding officer left Giorgio Bramante alone with the prime suspect, allowing Alessio’s father to beat the man to death.After years in prison, Giorgio has been set free and, one by one, those connected to the boy’s disappearance are dying. As Costa and his fellow detectives scramble to find Giorgio, they are thrust into a darkening web of hidden perversions and secret passions past and present.Because at the heart of this case–as close and as far away as Rome’s underground treasures–is the unanswered question: what really happened to little Alessio Bramante fourteen years ago–and why was his body never found?From the Hardcover edition.

Comments:

Quynaus
Good story-- continues story line from previous books well. Characters are starting to develop more fully in each book.
The Sinners from Mitar
I have read two others in the Nic Costa series and liked them. I bought this one and after forty some pages of mind numbingly boring conversations among not very interesting characters, presenting neither a mystery or Nic Costa, I gave up...
Alianyau
I have been to Italy but not Rome and am very curious about this ancient city. David Hewson's descriptive writing and spell-binding characters open a whole new world of both ancient and modern Rome including the history of the church which is truly fascinating. Great reads and I can't wait for more from this brilliant author.
Mallador
Great story , not the usally police story , the know how abouit Mitras is very interesting and give the reader that extra push to read on and on
Iaiastta
A typical Nic Costa story - always a good read with sneaky plots.

The climax a bit rushed and slightly dissapointing
Jum
I am truly addicted to his series, which has returned to Rome after a Venetian exile.
Uttegirazu
Set in modern day Rome, but tied intricately to the city's ancient past, "The Seventh Sacrament" is long on atmosphere and reveals a part of the city that few tourists will ever see much of, its historic catacombs. This fifth book in David Hewson's well received Nic Costa series follows the efforts of Costa and his fellow Roman policemen Gianni Peroni and Leo Falcone to solve a case that the department bungled fourteen years earlier.

When seven-year-old Alessio Bramante disappeared in one of the tunnels being studied by his archaeologist father, Giorgio, the department's chief concern was to find him while he was still alive. As time seemed to be running out, a decision was made that would ruin one man's career and haunt Detective Leo Falcone for the rest of his life. The boy's father was purposely left alone in the cell of one of the suspects in his son's disappearance where he tried to beat a confession out of the prisoner. The prisoner did not survive that encounter and, as a result, the case against him and his fellow suspects fell apart. Alessio Bramante was never found, and his father turned out to be the only one to serve prison time as a result of his disappearance.

Now, fourteen years later, someone is picking off the remaining suspects one-by-one and has even attempted to kidnap Detective Falcone. Because Giorgio Bramante has recently been released from prison it is easy to name him the prime suspect. But what proves to be nearly impossible is finding him before he finishes going down the list of men he considers responsible for the loss of his son. And Falcone appears to be at the end of that list.

Readers of earlier Nic Costa novels will already know much about the personal lives of Costa and his colleagues but Hewson has made sure that this one can be equally enjoyed by those reading their first novel in the series. His characters, including the villains, are fully-fleshed human beings who share the usual strengths and weakness of the species. One of the novel's strong points, in fact, is the way that Hewson develops personal lives for his characters and those closest to them, something that not all thriller writers bother to do.

"The Seventh Sacrament" is a complicated narrative that requires the reader to pay strict attention as Hewson tells his story via several points-of-view and across several time lines: the present, the weeks just before and just after the boy's disappearance, and fourth century Rome. But this extra effort is ultimately rewarded by the way that Hewson so completely ties together all the loose ends and false leads into a satisfying ending.
THE SEVENTH SACRAMENT is the latest installment in David Hewson's series of novels featuring Italian policeman Nic Costa. As is always the case with Hewson, one must expect nothing less than the unexpected. Back in Rome after the events that transpired in THE LIZARD'S BITE, Costa and his partner, the quietly enigmatic Gianni Peroni, investigate a series of murders tied not only to an unsolved disappearance from over a decade previously but also to a religion that was eradicated thousands of years ago.

Hewson has made a practice of bringing illumination to the dark and dusty corners of history. He does so again in his newest work, casting light upon Mithraism, a religious cult that flourished among the military and bureaucratic components of the Roman Empire until it was all but eradicated by the Emperor Constantine in 312 AD. As Hewson advises in his short but fascinating prologue, subterranean Mithraic temples have been discovered through the Roman Empire's military frontiers, including several in Rome itself.

Fourteen years before the events in THE SEVENTH SACRAMENT, a seven-year-old boy --- the son of Giorgio Bramante, a respected and feared archaeologist --- vanishes into the labyrinth of a newly discovered Mithraic temple. His father, in a rage, murders one of the students whom he believes to be responsible. The man goes to prison, a police commissario resigns in disgrace, and the boy is never found.

As the contemporary events in the book commence, Bramante is released from prison and almost immediately resumes his quest for revenge --- a quest that appears to include Leo Falcone, Costa and Peroni's inspector as a target. Their investigation incorporates a wide array of disciplines --- from archaeology to biology, from mythology to computer science, from the basest emotions to the highest ideals --- before the fascinating puzzle of Bramante's motives is revealed, and the final fate of his son, lost for so many years, is ultimately uncovered.

THE SEVENTH SACRAMENT is possibly Hewson's most accessible work, providing not one but several new wrinkles to one of the mystery genre's most reliable themes --- the abducted child --- and contrasting the ancient and modern worlds, even while setting up scenarios for future novels in the series. If you are unfamiliar with previous volumes, now is the time to jump on board.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

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