George V. Reilly

Review: The Lizard's Bite

The Lizard's Bite
Title: The Lizard’s Bite
Author: David Hewson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 498
Keywords: mystery
Reading period: 29 November–3 December, 2009

A married couple die in a bizarre murder in an archaic Venetian glass foundry. Three exiled Roman cops are asked to in­ves­ti­gate by the Venice au­thor­i­ties but are given to understand that their work should be pro forma. Of course, they don’t listen and find far more than was wanted.

The cops and their visiting girl­friends are in­ter­est­ing characters. Their stubborn insistence on digging for the truth has real con­se­quences for their own lives, and the case scars most of them. Venice itself is also a character, a shabby strumpet living on its former glory, as are the bizarre Arcangeli family of glass­blow­ers.

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