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0. Asterix and the Missing Scroll
5. The Lost Girls of RomeThe Lost Girls of Rome
1. The Whisperer
2. The Vanished Ones
3. Quarterly Essay: Political Amnesia
4. From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
by Donato Carrisi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Marcus is an amnesiac member of a shadowy order of priests that investigate crimes gleaned from the confessions of evil-doers. The Church disapproves of them so he must conduct his activities in secret. Sandra Vega is a crime scene photographer mourning the recent death of her photojournalist husband David. David fell to his death in a deserted building in Rome. So why did his last message to her say that he was in Oslo? Sandra is driven to head to Rome and investigate, encountering Marcus in the process, as well as an Interpol agent who knows about David's final days.
The plot thickens with the near-death of a man who is found to be in possession of a momento taken by a serial killer years before; found by the victim's sister, Monica. Monica resists the temptation to take revenge and saves his life. Marcus takes an interest when a connection arises to a missing person case that he is investigating.
There are plenty of clever twists to Carrisi's plot, but I found the book unsatisfying overall. I rate his Mila Vasquez books more highly, because Mila is a more interesting and empathetic protagonist than the somewhat bland and predictable Sandra. The key theme of the plot, the penitenziere
was just a whole lot too Dan Brown-y for my taste. Finally, I'm at a loss to understand why the publisher thought this title to be more appropriate than The Court of Souls
, which is the direct translation of its original title, and far more apt - the revised title made the book more confusing in my mind - who were these lost girls supposed to be?View all my reviews