David Hewson

Venice at war…

At his beloved Nonno Paolo’s deathbed, fifteen-year-old Nico receives a gift that will change his life forever: a yellowing manuscript which tells the haunting, twisty tale of what really happened to his grandfather in Nazi-occupied Venice in 1943.

The Palazzo Colombina is home to the Uccello family: three generations of men, trapped together in the dusty palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. Awkward fifteen-year-old Nico. His distant, business-focused father. And his beloved grandfather, Paolo. Paolo is dying. But before he passes, he has secrets he’s waited his whole life to share.

When a Jewish classmate is attacked by bullies, Nico just watches – earning him a week’s suspension and a typed, yellowing manuscript from his frail Nonno Paolo. A history lesson, his grandfather says. A secret he must keep from his father. A tale of blood and madness . . .

Nico is transported back to the Venice of 1943, an occupied city seething under its Nazi overlords, and to the defining moment of his grandfather’s life: when Paolo’s support for a murdered Jewish woman brings him into the sights of the city’s underground resistance. Hooked and unsettled, Nico can’t stop reading – but he soon wonders if he ever knew his beloved grandfather at all.

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Tom Honeyman thinks he’s alone in his crumbling writing hideout among the remote marshes of Venice’s lagoon.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

Tom’s retreated to his remote, rundown villa at the edge of the lagoon to try to rebuild his failed career after one bestseller, a true crime story that named the perpetrator of a vicious murder in a small town in upstate New York.

But when he arrives he finds he’s got an unwanted intruder. A mysterious visitor who says Tom named the wrong man. And now, locked away, with no access to the outside world, he must write a new story, calling out the real killer, or he’s dead.

Tom’s no longer writing to save his career. He’s writing to save his life.

‘Hewson does a good job balancing action and characterization. Readers who appreciate nail-biting suspense will be satisfied.’

Publishers Weekly

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‘Life is real.. but this is Realer…’ Realer promises a new virtual reality, a safe and sanitised window into a virtual existence without the risks of the real, crumbling, post-pandemic society beyond the door.

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Mackintosh is a loner whose father works for the company. He gives her Realer for her birthday – only to be murdered as she watches through her high-tech hood at home.

Alone in a tense, post-lockdown world, Charlie has to turn to Realer to find his killers. She’s soon trapped in a murderous conspiracy behind a system that’s steadily beginning to take over people’s lives.

Charlie comes to understand that she can only hide from outside dangers for so long. In the end, the only way to defeat them is face-to-face, in the real world. A place she fears more than any.

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The tenth Nic Costa thriller sees Costa and his team leave Rome for the wilds of Calabria. A gang lord from the notorious ‘Ndrangheta mob wants to turn state witness. But Costa has to go undercover as one of the mob’s men in order to get him out.

Costa and his colleagues return in a brand new story that takes them out of their home turf of Rome and places them in the wild, raw south, a lawless place of myth and danger.

The table are turned on his team as they are forced to hide under false identities in a beautiful swordfishing village while Costa is tasked with convincing the local crime gang he’s one of their ranks until the defecting gang boss can be spirited to safety.

But soon both sides find themselves trapped in a spiral of deceit from which there’s no easy escape or early release. In the wilds of the far south, Costa and his colleagues find they’re the hunted, not the hunters, as the crime gang closes in on the truth.

Hewson does more than provide a thrilling read. He saves you the airfare to Italy. When you turn the last page you’ll think you’ve been there.

Linwood Barclay

David Hewson’s award-winning novels range from the Copenhagen of The Killing and Sarah Lund to the Italy of Nic Costa and the Amsterdam of Pieter Vos.

Over twenty five years and more than thirty titles his books have delighted readers around the world.

In 2018 David’s adaptation, Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, won the Audie for best audio original.