The Garden of Evil
By David Hewson
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440242987, 608pp.)
Publication Date: February 24, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In a deserted artist’s studio in the heart of Rome, detectives stumble upon a scene of shocking brutality: two bodies, freshly killed. Looming over them is a painting that bears all the hallmarks of a Caravaggio: a brilliantly colored canvas depicting a shocking tableau of beauty and depravity. . . .
This grisly discovery sends Detective Nic Costa on a desperate chase through the streets of his city. For Costa, finding the killer who escaped him is intensely personal…Teaming with an art expert, Costa follows clues hidden in the mysterious Caravaggio canvas. As he moves through a maze of history, he begins to make stunning connections to the present case. And each discovery brings him closer and closer to a secret buried in a priceless work of art, a conspiracy dating back four hundred years—and men who will stop at nothing to protect their own private garden of evil….
David Hewson is the author of nine novels. Formerly a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times, he lives in Kent, England, where he is at work on his next crime novel, Dante’s Numbers, which Delacorte will publish in 2009.
“A thought-provoking blend of art history and mystery, The Garden of Evil is … a treat for readers who like their entertainment literate.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A plot as serpentine—and suspense-filled—as the ancient Roman byways through which Costa stalks his prey."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Impossible to put down."—Daily Express
"Opens with a shocker that will have series fans reeling...Arturo Pérez-Reverte has long set the gold standard for mixing history, mystery, and modern life into literary stews of mouthwatering flavor and incredible subtlety, but it's time to agree that Hewson now shares that position—and is on the verge of claiming it outright."—Booklist, starred review