'There's an entire underground city down there ...houses and temples, entire streets.
I talked to a couple of the cavers Leo called in. They hero-worshipped Giorgio. The man had been to places the rest of them could only dream about.' Giorgio Bramante, a Roman archaeology professor, was master of the hidden world beneath the earth until the day he lost his young son, Alessio, to a group of students intent on re-creating a centuries-old ritual to a long-banished god.
His rage knew no bounds and, in a frenzy, he beat one of the students to death.
Released from prison fourteen years later, Giorgio is bent upon a terrifying revenge on all those he blames for the loss of his son.
Inspector Leo Falcone, a member of the original investigating team, is one of his targets. 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.
Praise for David Hewson: 'Very enjoyable Italian mysteries ...cleverly worked out and sharply written' Literary Review
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 474 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 05/10/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780330435956