David Hewson

a superlative re-creation of time and aqueous place. Pack it with your Panama if you’re bound for the Lido.


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.

Audiobook narrated by Richard Armitage.

Set in the bleak wilds of the Faroes, Devil’s Fjord is a standalone mystery in the tradition of Scandi noir. Tristan Haraldsen is given the sinecure position of District Sheriff, a role that makes him in charge of policing the whale hunt. But Haraldsen and his wife soon find themselves out of depth in the insular, bitter, impoverished community around them.

When two young brothers go missing during the bloody hunt, Haraldsen finds himself embroiled in the search to find them in the wild hills, and increasingly convinced the boys’ disappearance is linked to the death of their uncle the year before.

But as the truth appears to become clearer, Haraldsen is warned off by his superiors. Some secrets in Djevulsfjord are meant to stay hidden for good.

As grim as the bleakest of Nordic noir. If you think the solution to the crime will produce a happy ending, just wait till the chilling final pages. Kirkus Reviews

Along 350 miles from Rome to Brindisi, the Appian Way rose from its humble beginnings as a military track to become the engine that transformed Ancient Rome into the greatest empire Europe had ever seen.

Two thousand years later, with the continent in the process of another seismic shift, David Hewson travels its route in the footsteps of the ordinary and extraordinary people who trod its path.

From the gladiator rebel Spartacus to the marauding general Hannibal, via emperors, martyrs and politicians, he uncovers the stories of war, intrigue and ambition buried beneath its cobblestones.

Whether you love history, travel, Italy or all three, The Appian Way is a vivid, personal and fascinating exploration of an ancient journey that has never been more relevant.

You can go behind the scenes of the book with two exclusive web features created from David’s travels and photographs. A Google Earth project will take you along the route of the Via Appia from Rome to Brindisi, listing all the locations mentioned in the book, with notes and photographs.

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.