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Valerio Varesi - Author

About the Author

Valerio Varesi has been the Parma correspondent for La Stampa and La Repubblica. River of Shadows is the first of a series of thrillers featuring Commissario Soneri, now the central figure of one of Italy's most popular television dramas. Joseph Farrell has translated several major Italian authors, including Dario Fo.

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The Lizard Strategy

The Lizard Strategy

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Italy's Maigret returns in another smouldering noir from a master of the police procedural A master storyteller Barry Forshaw, Independent Parma is blanketed in snow, but this pristine, white veneer cannot mask the stench of corruption. Its officials are no longer working for its people - only for themselves - crime is out of control and resentment festers in every district. Commissario Soneri remains at heart an idealist, so the state of Parma wounds him more than most. And now he is presented with three mysteries at once, each more impenetrable than the last. In a river creek on the outskirts of the city, tipped off by a local, he finds a mobile phone that rings through the night but holds no data; an elderly patient with senile dementia is reported missing from a hospice; and the mayor of Parma, who was reported as taking a holiday on the ski slopes, has disappeared off the face of the earth - just when he seemed certain to be implicated in a seismic corruption scandal at city hall.

A Woman Much Missed A Commissario Soneri Investigation

A Woman Much Missed A Commissario Soneri Investigation

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Italy's Maigret returns in another smouldering noir from a master of the police procedural A master storyteller Barry Forshaw, Independent A few days before Christmas, with Parma gripped by frost and fog, Ghitta Tagliavini, the elderly owner of a guesthouse in the old town centre, is found murdered in her apartment. The case is assigned to Commissario Soneri, but the investigation holds a painful, personal element that sends waves of nostalgia sweeping through him. Tagliavini's guesthouse is where Soneri met his late wife Ada, and where the young couple spent unforgettable hours in each other's company. But the present can embitter even the sweetest memories. An old photograph of Ada with another man sends Soneri into a spiral of despondency, ever more so when he realises her death may be linked to Tagliavina's lucrative sideline as a backstreet abortionist and faith healer. Though Soneri would like nothing more than to be allowed to drop the case, he doggedly persists, uncovering at last, along with the truth behind Tagliavini's death, rife corruption at Parma's rotten heart and a raft of ghosts from Italy's divisive past. Translated from the Italian by Joseph Farrell

A Woman Much Missed A Commissario Soneri Investigation

A Woman Much Missed A Commissario Soneri Investigation

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2016

A few days before Christmas, with Parma gripped by frost and fog, Ghitta Tagliavini, the elderly owner of a guesthouse in the old town centre, is found murdered in her apartment. The case is assigned to Commissario Soneri, but the investigation holds a painful, personal element that sends waves of nostalgia sweeping through him. Tagliavini's guesthouse is where Soneri met his late wife Ada, and where the young couple spent unforgettable hours in each other's company. But the present can embitter even the sweetest memories. An old photograph of Ada with another man sends Soneri into a spiral of despondency, ever more so when he realises her death may be linked to Tagliavina's lucrative sideline as a backstreet abortionist and faith healer. Though Soneri would like nothing more than to be allowed to drop the case, he doggedly persists, uncovering at last, along with the truth behind Tagliavini's death, rife corruption at Parma's rotten heart and a raft of ghosts from Italy's divisive past. Translated from the Italian by Joseph Farrell

The Dark Valley A Commissario Soneri Investigation

The Dark Valley A Commissario Soneri Investigation

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Commissario Soneri returns home for a hard-earned autumn holiday, hoping to spend a few days mushroom picking on the slopes of Montelupo. This isolated village relies on the salame factory founded in the post-war years by Palmiro Rodolfi, and now run by his son, Paride. On arrival, Soneri is greeted by anxious rumours about the factory's solvency and the younger Rodolfi's whereabouts. Not long afterwards, a decomposing body is found in the woods. In the shadow of Montelupo, carabinieri prepare to apprehend their chief suspect - an ageing woodsman who defended the same mountains from S.S. commandos during the war.

River of Shadows A Commissario Soneri Mystery

River of Shadows A Commissario Soneri Mystery

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Rain falls relentlessly on the Po valley in northern Italy, and the river is swollen to its limits. A huge barge leaves its moorings, steering an erratic course downstream and away into the foggy night. When finally it runs aground hours later, the bargeman is nowhere to be found. That same evening, Commissario Soneri is summoned to investigate the apparent suicide of a man in nearby Parma. He and the bargeman were brothers, and when the detective discovers that they served together in the fascist militia fifty years earlier, the incidents seem likely to be linked. Resentments dating from the savage civil strife between Fascists and Partisans in the closing years of the war still weigh heavily, and as the flood waters begin to ebb, the river yields up its secrets: tales of past brutality, bitter rivalry and revenge. Valerio Varesi is a penetrating analyst of his country's dark and undigested history.

Die Pension in der Via Saffi

Die Pension in der Via Saffi

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2011

Ein Mord zwischen Schein und SeinDie Pension in der Via Saffi ist ein Ort, mit dem Commissario Soneri teure Erinnerungen verbindet. Hier wurde er vor langer Zeit von dem Lcheln eines Mdchens wie vom Blitz getroffen. Die Nachricht, dass die betagte Besitzerin der Pension, Ghitta Tagliavini, ermordet wurde, erfllt Soneri mit Schwermut. Stck fr Stck enthllen sich ihm die Schattenseiten Ghitta Tagliavinis. Und die seiner eigenen Vergangenheit. "e;Valerio Varesi ist ein erstklassiger Krimiautor."e; (La Repubblica)"e;Valerio Varesi schickt Commissario Soneri in Parma wieder auf Tterhatz. Und zwar sehr gelungen. Nur her mit den weiteren Fllen, Signor Varesi!"e; (Westdeutsche Allgemeine)"e;Poetisch und ungewhnlich."e; (Wiener Journal)"e;Ein nachdenklicher Krimi, der sich vom blichen Schema wohltuend unterscheidet."e; (NRZ)

Die Schatten von Montelupo

Die Schatten von Montelupo

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2010

Uber die Abgrunde landlicher IdyllenEigentlich ist Commissario Soneri in sein Heimatdorf gereist, um sich zu erholen. Er mchte im Wald Pilze sammeln, die Seele baumeln lassen und in Erinnerungen schwelgen. Doch schon bald hrt er Gerchte ber das angebliche Verschwinden des Besitzers der rtlichen Wurstwarenfabrik. Was soll die Geheimniskrmerei um den mchtigsten Mann des Ortes? Als kurze Zeit spter eine Leiche gefunden wird, kann Soneri seine Urlaubsplne endgltig begraben Hypnotisierend."e; (Der Standard)"e;Ideale Lektre fr kalte Wintertage."e; (Financial Times Deutschland)"e;Spannender kann kein Autor einen Krimi ersinnen."e; (Westflische Rundschau)

Mit leeren Handen

Mit leeren Handen

Author: Valerio Varesi Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2010

Nichts ist vergeben, nichts ist vergessenParma im Sommer. Als ein Verkufer in der Innenstadt brutal erschlagen wird, ist Commissario Soneri sofort zu Stelle. Bei seinen Ermittlungen stt er auf einen bekannten Wucherer, dem das Opfer Geld schuldete. Doch schnell wird ihm klar, dass der Tod des Verkufers nur ein Detail in einem groen Geflecht von Verbrechen ist, deren eigentliches Opfer die Stadt Parma ist... "e;Spannender kann kein Autor einen Krimi ersinnen."e; (Financial Times Deutschland)"e;Commissario Soneri hat das Zeug zum Kultkommissar."e; (Die Welt)"e;Grandiose Literatur, kenntnis- und erkenntnisreich."e; (Hessischer Rundfunk)

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