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Lately, there have been a lot of thrillers that put literary figures into imagined situations (Edgar Allen Poe in The Pale Blue Eye, Cicero in Imperium), but we think The Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni is the best one we've read yet. It's an enthralling mystery that puts the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri at the center of a grisly crime. What makes The Mosaic Crimes stand out is that Dante is fleshed into a character you can understand and root for. It may be fiction but it creates an entirely new way of looking at this great author. ?In fact, this is the kind of Dante you want to guide you through the Inferno.
It's Florence, 1300, and the body of an artist, his face covered in scalding quicklime, is discovered next to the mosaic he had almost completed. Dante, the newly appointed prior of the city of Florence (and the man who will one day write that exhaustive treatise on criminology, The Inferno), is on the case. Obscure clues lead him up and down the streets of Florence. Why have seven scholars, each a master of his art, assembled in the city? What was the secret that might have been revealed had the artist lived to complete his work? The answers to these questions will put Dante on a collision course with his greatest nemesis: Pope Boniface. Come discover this historical thriller from Italy's new maestro of crime.
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