The Malice of Fortune

The Malice of Fortune

Book - 2012
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Based on a real historical mystery, and involving serial murder and a gruesome cat and mouse game at the highest levels of the Church. It was the era of the infamous Borgias. Here, Niccolò Machiavelli, the great "scientist" of human behaviour becomes, in effect, the first criminal profiler, while his contemporary and sometime colleague, the erratic genius Leonardo da Vinci, brings his observational powers to the increasingly desperate hunt for a brilliant, terrifying serial murderer. Their foil and partner is the exquisite Damiata, scholar and courtesan. All three know their quarry is someone who holds enormous power, both to tear Italy apart, and destroy each of their most beloved dreams.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
ISBN: 9780771030758
Branch Call Number: FICTION ENN
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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