A Season for the Dead
David Hewson's Italian police novels are set in Rome's Centro Storico. His Questura, police headquarters, is rich in characters from young Nic Costa to the memorable Teresa Lupo, the department's outspoken and funny forensic expert. Costa is an art expert as well as an insightful detective, and this allows Hewson to explore Rome's churches and paintings so that the reader gets hooked on the Nic Costa series of ten novels. Hewson's novels contain more violence than Donna Leon's. Start with A Season for the Dead or The Villa Mysteries.