Unholy Awakening

by Michael Gregorio

Unholy Awakening Synopsis

A female corpse is found in the town of Lotingen. The girl's neck has been ripped open, all the blood drained from the body. Hanno Stiffeniis hastens to investigate a case more terrifying than murder. Would any human being kill in such a gruesome fashion? Emma Rimmele has come to Lotingen to bury her mother. A beautiful woman travelling with a coffin in her baggage, Emma attracts gossip like a magnet. When a corpse is discovered near the house where she is living, speculation about the mysterious stranger reaches fever pitch. When two more ravaged bodies are found, fingers point accusingly in her direction. One word is heard on every tongue. Vampire . . . News arrives from a nearby town. A French officer's throat has been ripped out. Another French soldier has bled to death. The horror of Lotingen is happening elsewhere. Colonel Lavedrine, a criminologist in the Grand Armee, is ordered to collaborate with Magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis. Two years earlier, they had worked together to solve a murder despite fierce clashes of character and opinion. Once again, each man is drawn into the forbidden world of dark graveyard paths and reading in pursuit of a curse which has plagued Prussia for centuries.

Unholy Awakening Press Reviews

What fertile ground 19th-century Prussia provides for the vampire theme in Gregorio's fourth outstanding historical! Written in the understated and often leisurely tradition of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, this mystery pits the rational scholarly thought of the day against ancient superstition. For historical fans seeking a page-turner with bite. -- Library Journal Once again Gregorio (the pen name of Michal G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio) conjures up a pervasive atmosphere of fear and menace, while using the plot line to provide insights into the heart and mind of his complicated lead. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Maintains suspense and an authentic period feel throughout. --Kirkus Reviews One of those books that any true fan of historical crime fiction will love. Characters are fascinating, the setting superb, and the deduction is highly intelligent, and it's done perfectly true to the history. -- The Globe and Mail (Cana

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571237920
Publication date: 4th August 2011
Author: Michael Gregorio
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Michael Gregorio

Michael Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio write together as Michael Gregorio. Daniela teaches philosophy; Michael is interested in the history of photography. They live in Spoleto, a small town in central Italy. They have created a series of crime novels whose central charater is the Prussian magistrate, Hanno Stiffeniis. The series includes Critique of Criminal Reason, Days of Atonement, A Visible Darkness and Unholy Awakening.

More About Michael Gregorio

More Books By Michael Gregorio

Cover for Cry Wolf: a Mafia Thriller Set in Rural Italy by Michael Gregorio
View All Books By Michael Gregorio

Share this book