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The savage shore, David Hewson

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The savage shore
Title
The savage shore
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David Hewson
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eng
Summary
"Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy's beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the 'Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own. Hoping to reel in the biggest prize the state police have seen in years, the infamous Butcher of Palermo, Costa and his team are aware the stakes are high. But the constant deception is taking its toll. Out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, the detectives find themselves pitched as much against one another as the mob. As the tension rises, it's clear the operation is not going to plan. Is Nic Costa getting too close to the enemy for comfort - and is there a traitor among them ...?"--Publisher's description
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  • Followers of Hewson's acclaimed Nic Costa series will celebrate the return of the Rome police detective, absent since 2011's The Fallen Angel​. Typically, this series concerns elaborate crimes reaching back into Italian history and drawing heavily on Roman art and architecture. Not so much this time, as Costa and his fellow investigators go on the road to Calabria, drawn by the mouthwatering prospect of capturing the head of the notorious crime family, the 'Ndrangheta, who has volunteered to give himself up in exchange for his family's safety. The catch is that Costa must go underground with the gang, a kind of unofficial hostage, until the deal is done. The rest of the team broods as Costa undergoes an initiation of sorts and, along the way, finds himself falling in love with the daughter of the man he has come to arrest. This episode lacks some of the richness that came, in the earlier episodes, from the melding of ancient and modern story lines, but it gives us a new side of Costa, removed from his familiar haunts and forced to survive in a very different world. A welcome return of an outstanding crime series. -- Bill Ott (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6, p30)
  • Hewson’s tedious 10th Nic Costa thriller (after 2011’s Fallen Angel) transports the police detective and his team from Rome to Calabria, the home of a network of gangsters known as the ’Ndrangheta. Nic and his crew must find and arrest a “mysterious figure in the hierarchy of the ’Ndrangheta, who would turn pentito, state witness, and take down any number of crooks and fellow travelers.” In addition, he promises to turn in “the head of the combined Sicilian mobs.” Nic infiltrates the ’Ndrangheta with surprising ease, while his fellow police officers provide backup of sorts. That they talk loudly in a local restaurant about the case while disguised as tourists belies their supposed competence. Long excerpts from a guide book called Calabrian Tales offer fanciful explanations for the development of the ’Ndrangheta and Italy’s other criminal brotherhoods, musings on mythology and paganism, and some potted history. They also slow down the momentum. Readers will hope to see less padding and fewer digressions in Nic’s next outing. Agent: Alice Lutyens, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/10/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 37, p)
  • Whatever Rome police detective Nic Costa's been doing in the unusually long break since his last outing (The Fallen Angel, 2011), it hasn't prepared him for the ups and downs he faces when he goes undercover with the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta. The gang leader who prefers to be known as Lo Spettro won't say why he's suddenly willing to give up his family to the Questura. But it's clear that despite his offer, approaching him will be a dangerous proposition. So arrangements are made for Costa to masquerade as Tomasso Leoni, a "minor criminal" from Guelph, Canada. For all his efforts, the deal is still perilous. Although Lo Spettro's daughter, Lucia Bergamotti, is clearly drawn to Maso Leoni, her brother Rocco is suspicious, territorial, and unpleasantly peremptory in his brutality. And the whimsically inscrutable Lo Spettro wants a sign of loyalty from Leoni before he delivers the goods: "You must kill and be seen to kill." The opening flashes forward to 10 days later and presents Leoni executing Leo Falcone and Gianni Peroni, a pair of heavies sent to Reggio to tell Emmanuel Akindele, the Nigerian immigrant who operates the Zanzibar on behalf of the 'Ndrangheta, that he needs to take out an insurance policy on the dive bar, with the first payment due immediately. Could Costa have pulled the plug on even a pair of extortionists with so few reservations? If he did, what are the likely consequences, in and out of the legal system? And is it really true, despite the Bible's assurances to the contrary, that "dead men don't rise"? The tale floats on a tide of dark threats, double-crosses, abrupt changes of heart, revelations that characters aren't as they seem, and indications that the best-kept secrets aren't secrets at all. Hewson does provide an excellent tour of "Italy's toe," which sounds both savage and strangely appealing. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10688684
Cataloging source
NJB
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1953-
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Hewson, David
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6058.E96
LC item number
S283 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A Nic Costa thriller
Series volume
10
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  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Police corruptiion
  • Costa, Nic (Fictitious character)
  • Police corruption
  • Police
  • Undercover operations
  • Organized crime
  • Italy
Target audience
adult
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The savage shore, David Hewson
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000063918985
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781780291062
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1031342163
Label
The savage shore, David Hewson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063918985
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781780291062
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1031342163

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