In RomeÃ¢ÂÂs crowded Campo dei Fiori, a woman rushes up to two carabinieri lounging in their sunglasses and uniforms, insisting that her sixteen-year-old daughter has just been abducted. Detective Nic Costa sees the scene unfold and intervenes. Because Costa knows what the two officers donÃ¢ÂÂt: that in the morgue at RomeÃ¢ÂÂs police headquarters, a forensic pathologist is examining the strange, mummified corpse of another
girl, whose disappearance and death bear haunting similaritiesÃ¢ÂÂ¦.
Police pathologist Teresa Lupo is NicÃ¢ÂÂs colleague, friend, and his only equal when it comes to breaking the rules to get results, whatever the cost. Now, after years of living with the dead, Teresa insists that her superiors move quickly to save a life. Poring over the body of the girl in the morgue, she has found too many similarities between the girls, including a unique, leering tattoo. Lupo is sure that the vanished girl is headed for a bizarre ancient Bacchanalia involving virgins and sacrificial murderÃ¢ÂÂa ritual that is only days away.
As Nic and Teresa claw at the case from two sidesÃ¢ÂÂand as Nic finds himself at once puzzled and beguiled by the missing girlÃ¢ÂÂs seductive motherÃ¢ÂÂa chilling picture is beginning to emergeÃ¢ÂÂ¦of secret relationships and sexual depravity, organized crime and unimaginable corruption. With the clock ticking down on a young girlÃ¢ÂÂs life, Nic and Teresa are about to make the most horrifying discovery of allÃ¢ÂÂin a pit of human darkness, where an age-old malevolence still endures, evil has consumed innocenceÃ¢ÂÂ¦and a very modern vengeance has begun.
A spellbinding mix of suspense, forensic science, and human drama, The Villa of Mysteries will catch you off guard at every turnÃ¢ÂÂa novel that is at once heartbreaking and impossible to put down.
About: Detective Nic Costa joins forces with police pathologist Teresa Lupo to investigate the abduction of a teenage girl, a crime that bears a haunting similarity to the disappearance of another girl whose mummified corpse has just been discovered.
About: Detective Nic Costa joins forces with police pathologist Teresa Lupo to investigate the abduction of a teenage girl, a crime that bears a haunting similarity to the disappearance of another girl whose mummified corpse has just been discovered, racing against time to save the victim who is destined for a bizarre ancient Bacchanalia and sacrificial murder.
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