Recently, I picked up David Hewson’s “Sacred Cut” and read it, having somehow missed it when I read the other books in this series. “Sacred Cut” was recently added to the library collection in large print – and, yes, I do read large print, not because I have to, but it was available all lovely and new. and I have enjoyed Hewson’s writing in the past.
“Sacred Cut” was first published in 2005, and like his other work, is a beautifully written,
chilling mystery story. The series is set in Rome, and Hewson vividly and evocatively describes the streets, the people, the buildings of modern-day Rome. It is a superb backdrop for his stories. Readers sometimes find words in a book in a language they do not speak off-putting, but you will not find this in Hewson’s books. It never concerns me because I always think it adds to the feel and place of a story; however I do understand that some readers can find it intrusive.
Detective Nic Costa and his colleagues need to find out why the body of woman is found, deliberately and strangely positioned in the Pantheon, with a strange carving on her back. Things become complicated as the American secret service gets involved, and the tentacles of intrigue involve not just Rome, but other nations and cities. Hewson so brilliantly draws his characters, even the killer. This is a book that becomes very hard to put down – one of those page-turners that keep you reading past bedtime.
Hewson draws on references to mythology and literature which serve to enrich the stories, making his work satisfying and erudite reading. If you are looking for mystery stories which are beautifully written, compelling, and “twisty”, you can’t go wrong with David Hewson’s work. He has written crime and mystery works which are “stand-alone” books, and set in other locations. “The Killing” is based on the TV series of the name, and comprises of three books.