When young Alessio Bramante vanished, there was plenty of blame to go around. His father, a
charismatic professor of archaeology, inexplicably left Alessio alone near a labyrinth of ancient
tunnels and excavations. Six of the professorâs university students, fueled by booze and bravado, involved the boy in their own bizarre ritual at an altar of the ancient warrior god Mithras. And then there were the police: a commanding officer left Giorgio Bramante alone with the prime
suspect, allowing Alessioâs father to beat the man to death.
After years in prison, Giorgio has been set free and, one by one, those connected to the boyâs
disappearance are dying. As Costa and his fellow detectives scramble to find Giorgio, they are thrust into a darkening web of hidden perversions and secret passions past and present.
Because at the heart of this caseâas close and as far away as Romeâs underground treasuresâis the unanswered question: what really happened to little Alessio Bramante fourteen years agoâand why was his body never found?
About: When the son of archaeology professor Giorgio Bramante vanishes, leaving behind a shirt that begins to manifest fresh bloodstains, Detective Nic Costa and his associates venture into subterranean Rome to solve a case with ties to an evil far older than Christianity.
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