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A Visible Darkness

A Mystery

Hanno Stiffeniis Mysteries

Michael Gregorio

Minotaur Books

Prussia has been overrun by Napoleon’s forces, and the Emperor’s troops have discovered a new source of funds there: enough amber to finance France’s wars. But their plans stall when the girls who collect the stones begin to disappear, only to be found gruesomely disfigured by an unknown killer. The French call upon Prussian investigator Hanno Stiffeniis, who must seek out the culprit knowing hat his own success may doom his country’s future. Dark, intelligent, and vividly written, A Visible Darkness continues a masterful series of historical mysteries that portray a past torn between nationalism and humanism, superstition and science.

Prussia has been overrun by Napoleon’s forces, and the Emperor’s troops have discovered a new source of funds there: enough amber to finance France’s wars. But their plans stall when the girls who collect the stones begin to disappear, only to be found gruesomely disfigured by an unknown killer. The French call upon Prussian investigator Hanno Stiffeniis, who must seek out the culprit knowing hat his own success may doom his country’s future. Dark, intelligent, and vividly written, A Visible Darkness continues a masterful series of historical mysteries that portray a past torn between nationalism and humanism, superstition and science.

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Chapter One

'Three of them can consume a dead horse in three days.'

Linnaeus might have been describing famished wolves or bears emerging from the forest in desperate search of winter nourishment, but savage Nature was not the subject of his dissertation.

Flies . . .

That's what Linnaeus was talking of.

And as I left the house that morning, I spotted another corpse in the garden.

The lawn and flower-beds had become a cemetery in recent weeks. I had buried a rat, three field- mice and a squirrel, intending to hide them from the eyes of Helena and the child

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Praise for A Visible Darkness

"The third dose of Stiffeniis (Days of Atonement, 2008, etc.) boasts the same strong evocation of history and, refreshingly, a looser and more confident narrative voice."
--Kirkus Review
"The superb whodunit ... subtly probes the heart of human darkness. While some readers may anticipate the solution, the pitch-perfect evocation of the period and the compelling, gloomy atmosphere more than compensates for any lack of surprise."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Philosophy and chemistry run amok in this intelligent [and] compelling...thriller."
--Booklist
"[Gregorio] excels in his depiction of an unusual sleuth who combines the wily psychology of a conquered people with the underlying philosophy of his former teacher, Emmanual Kant. Recommended for mystery readers who like literary historicals."
--Library Journal
"A Visible Darkness is 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. Best of all, this is the third book in the series...[Hanno Stiffeniis] deals with moral and personal dilemmas in this intelligent, skillfully-plotted and elegantly written book."--The Globe and Mail
 
"The third dose of Stiffeniis (Days of Atonement, 2008, etc.) boasts the same strong evocation of history and, refreshingly, a looser and more confident narrative voice."
--Kirkus Review
"The superb whodunit ... subtly probes the heart of human darkness. While some readers may anticipate the solution, the pitch-perfect evocation of the period and the compelling, gloomy atmosphere more than compensates for any lack of surprise."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Philosophy and chemistry run amok in this intelligent [and] compelling...thriller."
--Booklist
"[Gregorio] excels in his depiction of an unusual sleuth who combines the wily psychology of a conquered people with the underlying philosophy of his former teacher, Emmanual Kant. Recommended for mystery readers who like literary historicals."
--Library Journal
"A Visible Darkness is 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. Best of all, this is the third book in the series...[Hanno Stiffeniis] deals with moral and personal dilemmas in this intelligent, skillfully-plotted and elegantly written book."--The Globe and Mail
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michael Gregorio

  • MICHAEL GREGORIO is the pen name of Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio. They live in Spoleto, Italy, and were awarded the Umbria del Cuore prize in 2007.
  • Michael Gregorio JEFFREY ISAAC
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