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Review: Midnight Angels, by Lorenzo Carcaterra

HERB JOHNSON – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
The setting is the city of Florence. The protagonist is Kate Westcott. Kate is the daughter of Frank and Andrea Westcott, who started the Vittorio Society. Also involved is a group known as the Immortals, headed by a man known as the Raven.
While both groups are involved in searching out lost works of art, they have opposing motives. The Vittorio Society returns the works to their rightful owners; the Raven is in it strictly for the money. At the centre of the search in Florence is a group of three stone angels thought to have been created by Michelangelo. They have never been seen in public.
Kate, whose parents died many years ago and who has been raised (and mentored) by Prof. Richard Edwards, goes to Florence to find the angels. She seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to Michelangelo and she gets help from a local young man named Marco Scudarti.
She finds the angels, hidden behind a wall in a secret passageway. She and Marco manage to get the angels to a safe hiding place. That’s when the plotting and counter-plotting begins.
Raven has a crew assigned to follow Kate and Marco. Prof. Edwards comes to Florence and also keeps an eye on them. The police eventually get involved. A few other people get involved. They all spend most of their time lurking in the shadows. Every once in a while somebody will capture Kate and Marco. There are confrontations and angry conversations and knifings and gunshots.
This is a complex novel that moves at its own speed through a goodly number of twists and turns. Anyone with an interest in art, expecially Michelangelo, will find it interesting, perhaps even absorbing. It’s not for the fast-action thriller fans.

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