Lucifer's Shadow by David Hewson download in iPad, ePub, pdf
The book also wove in cultural and musical history in a way that wasn't ostentatious but just seemed to soak in, like the yellowing light of Venice. Some people have complained about having difficulty following the two plotlines, but I almost always enjoy this literary device of the parallel stories at two points in history that eventually cross. When his employer sends him to buy a stolen violin from a petty thief, he ignites a chain of violence, deception, intrigue and murder.
In many tales it is recorded that it is called Hesperus, too. The Abrahamic scriptural texts could be interpreted as a weak usurping of true kingly power, and a taunt at the failed regency of Belshazzar. In Latin, the word is applied to John the Baptist and is used as a title of Jesus himself in several early Christian hymns. And there's even a love story.
It is visible both at dawn and sunset, and so properly has been called both Luciferus and Hesperus. Those who are familiar with classical music history, at least in a cursory way, will enjoy it more.
She is helped by a man, who is ordered to do so by his uncle, Scacchi and falls in love with her. Soon he has become involved in an elaborate scam, leading to a vertiginous spiral of criminal conspiracy and erotic pursuit. Indications that in Christian tradition the Latin word lucifer, unlike the English word, did not necessarily call a fallen angel to mind exist also outside the text of the Vulgate. David Hewson brilliantly interweaves two stories of intrigue and corruption, set centuries apart, and eventually draws them together in a stunning double-twist ending.
He is now a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times. It's a happier ending than I would have expected, and even the very last sentence is a surprise zinger. But he finds a darker side too. He was often presented in poetry as heralding the dawn.
Separated by centuries, two tales of passion, betrayal and danger collide transporting the reader from the intrigue of Vivaldi's Venice to the gritty world of a modern detective. Like Hewson's other books, the beginning is slow reading. The ending did not tie up as tightly as I like, but given the hundreds of years separating them, one couldn't expect too much in regard to the two stories coming together any more than they did.
Slowly he is drawn into a web of dramatic pursuits spanning three centuries, from the Venice of Vivaldi and Rousseau to the present day. One story ended more happily ever after than the other, but there is a big gap between where Daniel and Laura conclude this work and where they are in the Lizard's Bite.
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