The Malice of Fortune

The Malice of Fortune

Book - 2012
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Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon, The Prince...
When Pope Alexander dispatches a Vatican courtesan, Damiata, to the remote fortress city of Imola to learn the truth behind the murder of Juan, his most beloved illegitimate son, she cannot fail, for the scheming Borgia pope holds her own young son hostage. Once there, Damiata becomes a pawn in the political intrigues of the pope's surviving son, the charismatic Duke Valentino, whose own life is threatened by the condottieri, a powerful cabal of mercenary warlords. Damiata suspects that the killer she seeks is one of the brutal condottierri, and as the murders multiply, her quest grows more urgent. She enlists the help of an obscure Florentine diplomat, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Valentino's eccentric military engineer, Leonardo da Vinci, who together must struggle to decipher the killer's taunting riddles: Leonardo with his groundbreaking "science of observation" and Machiavelli with his new "science of men." Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil--and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization. 

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385536318
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Ennis 2012
Characteristics: xv, 396 p. : map ; 25 cm


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May 17, 2016

7 out of 10. I enjoyed it, but bits were pretty far fetched

Aug 27, 2014

Michael Ennis portrays Machiavelli as attempting to use his knowledge of human nature to profile a serial murderer; while Da Vinci is pioneering forensic science. Fun, if far-fetched.

hania4987 Jul 01, 2013

multi-layered story which transcends the crime fiction / mystery genres.

May 29, 2013

An interesting read that makes the characters you've always heard about in history class really come alive. The overall story line is complicated and not completely explained, but it is history.

ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

naeschbach Oct 18, 2012

a little too precious...and scattered.


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