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Fast and funny, with bonus marks for well-used ambience. LITERARY REVIEW ...wash it all down with a glass of dark red Italian wine and read on into the night! Patricia Walker The darker side of the eternal city and a wickedly sustained atmosphere of fear provide a tense setting for Adam's debut thriller. DAILY TELEGRAPH This is a well-crafted thriller, taut, exciting and utterly believable. BOOKS MAGAZINE --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Paul Adams is a journalist. He has had three crime novels published by Collins, this is his first thriller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The book has an English Character who is a hero. The Italian Characters are the sorts who cheat on their wives drive badly and still use hair grease. The characters when they go out to eat Minestrone soup, and Gnocci and drink Chianti. They don't have soup eat pasta and drink wine as Italians no doubt see themselves doing. The English character is the hero and the Italians are the comedy relief.
The action takes place not in a city but in a first century travelogue. Thus as characters wander around being shot at by evil right wingers and evil priests they do so against an author describing the places in which the action happens as one of the seven hills of Rome in which the wealthy lived in the time of Caesar or a building was one that an emperor used as a storehouse. One would imagine that the author has never been to Rome but has written the book from a travel book after watching some 1950's American movies set in the city.
The plot is pedestrian and would no doubt infuriate Catholics as it recycles the sorts of things mentioned in the recent book "Hitlers Pope". All in all a rather sub fabulous sort of book.
The book (un)intentionally gives clues to the problems in the 90's Balkans while still engrossing the reader in a superb plot with excellent characterisation.
For those who enjoy action/mystery/historical novels, with a regard for the Vatican as a political organisation with its encumbent machinations, this is an engrossing novel.
This mystery begins with the murder of a Priest who was independent enough from the Catholic Church to make the church leaders a little uneasy about him. His murder leads to several other murders, the search for unknown identities and the source of vatican gold. A romance between a journalist and a magistrate could have been left out but I guess some people just have to have it:)
Two of my friends also read the book and loved it.