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 professor’s 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 Alessio’s father to beat the man to death.
After years in prison, Giorgio has been set free and, one by one, those connected to the boy’s
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 case–as close and as far away as Rome’s underground treasures–is the unanswered question: what really happened to little Alessio Bramante fourteen years ago–and why was his body never found?
From the Hardcover edition.
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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