The Medici Legacy

The Medici Legacy

by Greg Ahlgren

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Overview

International thriller. When thirty-something Deputy Inspector Antonio Ferrara of the Italian Polizia di Stato discovers that the seemingly random victims of a Tuscan serial killer are all illegitimate descendants of one Giovanni di Cosimo de Medici, a 15th century Florentine banker, his superior scoffs at his theory, the Italian military police caution him to leave this closed case alone on the basis that it involves an issue of "national security," and even his father uses the occasion to hector him to leave police work and return to the family art business. Undeterred, Antonio enlists the aid of Rachel Fuller, an American Fulbright scholar working on her Medici dissertation in Florence, and together they travel to America to unlock a secret that spans three continents and eight centuries. (279 pages, 88,250 words, 52 chapters)

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BN ID: 2940012378743
Publisher: Greg Ahlgren
Publication date: 03/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 951,010
File size: 233 KB

About the Author

Greg Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his B.A. degree from Syracuse University in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1977. He has been a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist, and has appeared as a frequent guest on both national and local television and radio shows on true crime and historical issues. His books include the alternative history time-travel novel "Prologue" and the international thriller "The Medici Legacy," and together with Stephen Monier he co-authored the true crime book "Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax."
Prior to "Crime of the Century's" publication in 1993, most commentators on America's most famous crime had questioned Hauptmann's guilt, but had been unable to offer a cogent alternative hypothesis. Combining their respective expertise as a criminal defense lawyer and a seasoned police investigator, Ahlgren and Monier were the first to theorize that perhaps there had been no stranger abduction and that the "kidnapping" had been hastily concocted to mask a domestic tragedy. Controversial at the time of original publication, this theory has now gained widespread acceptance as a plausible explanation of the Lindbergh kidnapping case.
In his 2006 novel "Prologue," Ahlgren inverted the usual time-travel plot line. Instead of creating protagonists intent on preserving a recognized time line from attack by those seeking to change history, Ahlgren devised an alternative future, and then, set against the backdrop of the JFK assassination, presented his protagonists with the challenge of creating a better today.
His 2011 novel, "The Medici Legacy," utilized a plot convention rare in an American thriller when Ahlgren created a non-American chief protagonist, Deputy Inspector Antonio Ferrara of the Italian Polizia di Stato.
In a 2008 interview, when asked to name two fiction writers, one past, one present, who have influenced his writing, Ahlgren named Daphne duMaurier and Tim Green.
In a pretentious law school alumni questionnaire, when asked to list his greatest personal or professional achievement, he scribbled, "never, ever having voted Republican."
Recreationally, Ahlgren has been a licensed private pilot, an avid sailor, and a not-so-avid skier.
If you wish to learn more about his books you are invited to visit his website GregAhlgren.com. He can be contacted through his website.

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Medici Legacy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, stylish thrillers in Italy, handsome Italian detective, string of grisly abductions and murders, nothing particularly novel there. But then the action swings to America and includes a highly respected biological researcher, the Japanese germ warfare experiments of World War II and... the slave girls of the Medici family? I had no idea how it was all going to tie in, but Ahlgren does a good job keeping the tension high as he pulls it all together. Some parts are overwritten, there's too much description and in certain scenes too much takes place inside characters' heads instead of in action, common failings of a new author, hopefully that'll get smoothed out in his later novels.