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Unholy Awakening by Michael Gregorio
  

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Unholy Awakening by Michael Gregorio

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.

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


About the Author

Michael Gregorio

Michael Gregorio are Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio. She teaches philosophy. He is interested in the history of photography in the nineteenth century. They have been married for twenty-six years and live in Spoleto, a small town in central Italy. Days of Atonement is their second novel, following Critique of Criminal Reason.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th August 2011

Author

Michael Gregorio

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Author's Website

www.michaelgregorio.it/

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780571237920

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