The Malice of Fortune

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Random House, Mar 1, 2013 - Detective and mystery stories - 396 pages
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When Pope Alexander Borgia dispatches Damiata, a beautiful courtesan, to the remote fortress city of Imola in Northern Italy to learn the truth behind the murder of his beloved son, she knows she cannot fail, for the Pope holds her own son hostage. Once there, Damiata falls under the spell of the charismatic Duke Valentino Borgia, whose own life is threatened by the condottieri, a powerful cabal of mercenary warlords. As the murders multiply, Damiata's search for the killer grows more urgent. And so she enlists the help of an obscure Florentine diplomat, Niccol Machiavelli, and an eccentric military engineer, Leonardo da Vinci.

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Very good historical mystery with most of the characters based in real people. Great theme of "science" (represented by di Vinci) vs psychology (represented by Machiavelli). Read full review

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Damiata, courtesan to the murdered Juan Borgia, favorite son of Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI) is being forced by the Pope, who is holding her 5-year-old son hostage at the Vatican, to find who ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Michael Ennis grew up in California and Texas and graduated with a History degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Before embarking on a writing career, Michael taught art history at the University of Texas, won several national awards as an art critic and freelanced for magazines such asEsquireandArchitectural Digest.He continues to work as an independent curator and consultant, and lives in Dallas with his wife.

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