Author David Eugene Perry Returns to Orvieto: Setting for his Award-Winning Mystery “Upon This Rock”

Orvieto News

24 August 2021
by Laura Ricci

Author David Eugene Perry Returns to Orvieto:
Setting for his Award-Winning Mystery “Upon This Rock”

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Californian David Eugene Perry, author of the novel “Upon this Rock” — a mystery published in the United States by Pace Press — is back in Orvieto, after two years of COVID forced separation from our city that he loves so much. His thriller mixes intrigue, terrorism, history, art and the secrets of the Church in a page turner that won top prize at this year’s San Francisco Book Festival and also a Silver Medal at the 33rd “Benjamin Franklin” Annual Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association, in the LGBT category .

As the title and the cover immediately suggest, “Upon this Rock” (“Su questo Rupe”) is set in Orvieto, with key characters inspired by Medieval and WWII history, recent news and local characters, all rendered fictionally through his literary creation.

David is delighted to be back in Orvieto, where when time and work permit, he and his husband, Alfredo Casuso, spend at least two months per annum. This year, David is spending August working remotely and also enjoying the summer.  Earlier this month, friends and acquaintances gathered at Blue Bar where David read a few pages of his novel and autographed copies of the book during a pleasant literary aperitivo.


According to David, “Upon This Rock” is the first in a series of novels, all with an historic component. He is hoping for the book to be translated into Italian by next year and his currently actively looking to option the story for TV or film.  In the meantime, the book can be found online in English at Amazon, Good Reads, Barnes & Noble direct from his publisher at Quill or by order through your local bookstore. David invites readers to find him directly online via Facebook or by email at news@davidperry.com