Maurizio de Giovanni - Author

About the Author

Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series. His books have been successfully translated into French, Spanish and German, and are now available in English for the first time.

Featured books by Maurizio de Giovanni

The Crocodile

The Crocodile

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Transferred to Naples after a tangle with the Sicilian Mafia, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono feels that he's marking time, waiting out an awkward scandal. But when the bloodied bodies of teenagers start appearing around the city, victims of a strange and sinister killer whom police and locals take to calling The Crocodile, it soon becomes clear to Lojacono that the killings are more than simple Mafia hits, and that the labyrinthine streets of Naples are more deadly than he'd dared imagine. Can he catch the assassin in time to save the city's innocents?

The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

In this fourth instalment of the Commissario Ricciardi series, the Commissario is investigating the death of Matteo, one of the many street urchins who live hand-to-mouth in the dark alleys of 1930s Naples. Commissario Ricciardi solves every crime with an uncanny swiftness that leaves his colleagues dumbfounded. Indeed, there are those who think his abilities are an ungodly gift to be exorcised. And maybe they’re right: Ricciardi sees and hears the final moments in the lives of those who have suffered violent deaths. Talent or curse, it is nonetheless a kind of black magic. Sometimes, however, even black magic isn’t enough. While the Neapolitans celebrate the week of the dead, Ricciardi’s instincts tell him that the dead boy is the victim of a murder, but the authorities want to avoid any sign that things are not as they ought to be in Naples. What’s worse, his sixth sense is no help to him this time; the scene of the crime is silent, still, not a word or even a scream from the dead.

Other books by Maurizio de Giovanni

Everyone In Their Place

Everyone In Their Place

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2018

Nameless Serenade

Nameless Serenade

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Frost in Neapel

Frost in Neapel

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2017

Es herrscht bittere Kalte in Neapel, als ein grausamer Doppelmord gemeldet wird: Ein junger Biochemiker und seine bildhubsche Schwester wurden tot in ihrer gemeinsamen Wohnung aufgefunden. Wer kann diese Tat von beispielloser Skrupellosigkeit verubt haben?Der Vater, der gerade erst sechzehn Jahre Gefngnis wegen Totschlags hinter sich hat? Der Verlobte der Frau, ein Provinz-Rockstar, der ihre angehende Karriere als Topmodel und ihr gutes Verhltnis zu ihrem Bruder mit Eifersucht beugte und zu Wutausbrchen neigte? Wo bleibt das Motiv?Die Ermittler tappen im Dunkeln, aber sie stehen unter Druck. Wenn der Fall nicht schnell aufgeklrt wird, droht dem Kommissariat von Pizzofalcone die Schlieung. Erst als Lojacono und seiner Truppe aufgeht, dass es der Mrder nicht zwangslufig auf beide Geschwister abgesehen haben muss, gert die Sache in Bewegung

Der dunkle Ritter

Der dunkle Ritter

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2016

In der trugerischen Maiwarme Neapels geschieht ein perfides Verbrechen. Der zehnjahrige Dodo, Enkel eines reichen Unternehmers, wird bei einem Schulausflug entfuhrt. Kurz darauf erfolgt der Erpresseranruf. Die reiche Familie von Dodos Mutter soll ein Losegeld bezahlen. Inspektor Lojacono und sein Team haben eine harte Nuss zu knacken. Wer ist die blonde Frau, mit der Dodo zuletzt gesehen wurde? Die Familie des Kindes ist zerrttet: Mutter und Vater leben getrennt, und auch das Verhltnis der Eltern zu dem reichen Grovater ist schlecht. Welche Rolle spielt der neue Lebensgefhrte der Mutter, ein brotloser Knstler mit Spielschulden? Oder die Hausangestellte des Grovaters, voller Rachegelste gegenber dem undankbaren Mann, dem sie ihr Leben lang diente?Whrend Lojacono und seine Leute im Trben stochern, harrt Dodo selbst mit seiner Batman-Figur im Arm in einem dunklen Zimmer aus. Er glaubt fest an Superhelden und seine Rettung

Darkness For The Bastards Of Pizzofalcone

Darkness For The Bastards Of Pizzofalcone

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

The Bastards Of Pizzofalcone

The Bastards Of Pizzofalcone

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2016

By My Hand

By My Hand

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2016

Maurizio de Giovanni presents By My Hand, the fifth book in the critically acclaimed Commissario Ricciardi series.As Naples prepares for its holiday celebrations, behind the facade of order and happiness imposed by the fascist regime lurks terrible poverty and blinding desperation. In a luxurious apartment on the Mergellina beach, the bodies of a fascist militia officer and his wife have been found. The woman's throat has been cut, while the man has been stabbed over sixty times. Seemingly, the hands of two separate killers have been at work. A statuette of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, lies in pieces on the floor. At the scene of the crime, Ricciardi, who has the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death, listens to the enigmatic last words of the couple. Accompanied by his faithful partner Brigadier Raffaele Maione-and once more troubled by two women who compete for his attentions-the commissario will have to trace a wide and frenetic arc through the streets of Naples in order to uncover the truth.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2015

In this fourth installment of the internationally successful Commissario Ricciardi series, the commissario investigates the death of Matteo, one of the many street urchins who live hand-to-mouth in the dark alleys of 1930s Naples. While at first the death seems provoked by natural causes, there's more to the tragedy than meets the eye.Commissario Ricciardi is the undisputed wizard of Neapolitan crime scenes. He solves every crime with an uncanny swiftness that leaves his colleagues dumbfounded. Indeed, there are those who think his abilities are the work of the devil, an unnatural and ungodly gift to be exorcised. And maybe they're right. Ricciardi sees the dead; he sees and hears the final moments in the lives of those who have suffered violent deaths. It may be a talent, or it may be a curse, but it is nonetheless a kind of black magic. Sometimes, however, even black magic isn't enough. It's a rainy autumn in Naples and the fog lays thick over the city as its inhabitants celebrate the week of the dead. Ricciardi's instincts tell him that the dead boy is the victim of a murder, but investigating the homicide is not going to be easy. The authorities want to avoid any trouble, any sign that things are not as they ought to be in Naples, for they are preparing for the state visit of Benito Mussolini. Ricciardi will have to conduct his investigation hidden from the eyes of his superiors. What's worse, his sixth sense is no help to him this time: the scene of the crime is silent, still, not a word or a sign, or even a scream from the dead. Has his unwelcome gift finally faded? Or is something more sinister at work?

Bottom of Your Heart

Bottom of Your Heart

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2015

In the middle of a summer heat wave, as Naples prepares for one of its most important holy days, a renowned surgeon falls to his death from the window of his office. For Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione, it is the beginning of an investigation that will bring them into contact with the most torrid, conflicting, and enduring of human passions. In the world Ricciardi and Maione are about to enter, infidelity appears inextricable from the most joyful expressions of love, and this interdependence sows doubt and uncertainty in both men, compromising their own attempts at love.Ricciardi is one of the most intriguing and unique figures to appear in crime fiction in recent years. He possesses the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death. This ability makes him an unusually effective investigator but plagues him and renders human relationships almost impossible. He is a classic noir hero and the cursed son of a city that, for all its Mediterranean splendor, is a perfect noir city.In this new installment in the Commissario Ricciardi series, Maurizio de Giovanni creates a large cast of unforgettable characters and a compelling, suspenseful plot that demonstrates once more why he is considered one of the best crime writers working today.

Die Gauner von Pizzofalcone

Die Gauner von Pizzofalcone

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Maurizio de Giovanni, Shootingstar der italienischen Krimiszene, legt den zweiten Band der neapolitanischen Serie um Inspektor Lojacono vor. Im besten Viertel Neapels wird eine Notarsgattin tot aufgefunden. Die Dame sammelte leidenschaftlich Schneekugeln, und ausgerechnet eins ihrer Sammlerstcke musste als Tatwaffe herhalten. Nichts deutet auf ein gewaltsames Eindringen ins Haus. War der Mrder ein Bekannter der Frau?Inspektor Lojacono wurde gerade mit ein paar anderen Polizisten in ein neues Kommissariat, Pizzofalcone, versetzt: Sie mssen den Groteil der alten Besetzung ablsen, die in ein skandalses Drogendelikt verwickelt war. Mit diesem schlechten Ruf schlagen sich die neuen Beamten nun herum, weshalb sie spaeshalber nur "e;die Gauner von Pizzofalcone"e; genannt werden. Doch whrend der Regen durch Neapels Straen peitscht, will bei Inspektor Lojacono so gar keine heitere Stimmung aufkommen

Everyone in Their Place

Everyone in Their Place

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2015

Naples, 1931. Together with his indefatigable partner Brigadier Maione, Commissario Ricciardi, a man driven into solitude by his paranormal "e;gift"e; of seeing the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths-a talent that also makes him a highly effective investigator-is conducting an investigation into the death of the beautiful and mysterious Duchess of Camparino. The duchess' connections to Neapolitan privileged social circles and the local Fascist elite make the case a powder keg waiting to blow.

Blood Curse

Blood Curse

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2015

Ricciardi has visions. He sees and hears the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths. It is both a gift and a curse. It has helped him become one of the most acute and successful homicide detectives in the Naples police force. But all that horror and suffering has hollowed him out emotionally: He drinks and doesn't sleep. Other than his loyal partner Brigadier Maione he has no friends.Naples, 1931. In a working-class apartment in the Sanita neighborhood, an elderly woman by the name of Carmela Calise has been beaten to death. When Ricciardi and Maione arrive at the scene they start asking the neighbors questions. No one wants to talk, but slowly a few interesting facts slip out. Carmela Calise was moonlighting as a fortune-teller and moneylender. In her decrepit apartment, she would receive clients-among them some of the city's rich and powerful-predicting their futures in such a way as to manipulate and deceive. If economic ruin lurked in their futures, Calise was happy to help-for a price, of course. She had many enemies: those indebted to her, manipulated by her lies, disappointed by her prophesies, or destroyed by her machinations. Murder suspects in this atmospheric thriller abound, and Commissario Ricciardi, one of the most original and intriguing investigators in contemporary crime fiction, will have his work cut out for him.

I Will Have Vengeance

I Will Have Vengeance

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2015

Naples, 1931. A bitter wind stalks the city streets, and murder lies at its chilled heart. When Maestro Vezzi, one of the world's greatest tenors, is found brutally murdered in his dressing room at Naples' famous San Carlo theater, the enigmatic and aloof Commissario Ricciardi is called to investigate. Arrogant and bad-tempered, Vezzi was hated by many. But with the livelihoods of the opera at stake, who would have committed such a callous act? Ricciardi and his loyal colleague Maione are determined to discover the truth, but Ricciardi carries a secret of his own. Will it help him solve this murder?

Viper A Commissario Ricciardi Mystery

Viper A Commissario Ricciardi Mystery

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Viper

Viper

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Naples, 1932. A week before Easter, springtime offers fragrant temptations to the men and women of Naples-but evil also lurks in the sweet-smelling spring air. At the high-class brothel in the center of town known as Paradiso, Viper, the most famous prostitute of all, is found dead after being suffocated with a pillow. Her last client swears that he left her alive and well. But when her next client arrived, he found her dead. Who killed her and why? Ricciardi must untangle a complex knot of greed, frustration, jealousy, and rancor in order to solve the riddle of Viper's death. As he does, he will discover an endless trail of conflicting emotions just beneath the surface of a city that lives on passion.De Giovanni's mysteries unfold with such sinuous ease that they seem to write themselves. They enchant, surprise, and keep readers enthralled. Commissario Ricciardi, with the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death, is one of the most fascinating investigators to make his appearance in the world of international crime fiction. In Viper, the lustful and boisterous city of Naples has never been more seductive.

By My Hand

By My Hand

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The Crocodile

The Crocodile

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Transferred to Naples after a tangle with the Sicilian Mafia, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono feels that he's marking time, waiting out an awkward scandal. But when the bloodied bodies of teenagers start appearing around the city, victims of a strange and sinister killer whom police and locals take to calling The Crocodile, it soon becomes clear to Lojacono that the killings are more than simple Mafia hits, and that the labyrinthine streets of Naples are more deadly than he'd dared imagine. Can he catch the assassin in time to save the city's innocents?

Das Krokodil

Das Krokodil

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2014

Sie nennen ihn das Krokodil. Er ist die perfekte Mordmaschine. Aber warum weint er, wenn er totet?Ein junger Mensch wird tot aufgefunden, kaltgemacht durch einen Schuss aus nchster Nhe. Den Tter nennt die Presse nur "e;das Krokodil"e;. Weil er am Tatort ein Taschentuch mit Trnenflssigkeit hinterlsst. Weint er Krokodilstrnen um sein Opfer? Und weil er, wie das gleichnamige Raubtier, eine perfekte Mordmaschine ist. Inspektor Lojacono wurde von Sizilien nach Neapel strafversetzt. Jetzt sitzt er in einem tristen Polizeibro und dreht Dumchen. Bis die schne Staatsanwltin Laura Piras sein Talent erkennt und ihn mit dem Fall betraut. Und so treffen sie in einem morbiden Neapel aufeinander: Der Inspektor und der Killer. Ein neues Kapitel des ewigen Kampfes zwischen Gut und Bse hat begonnen.

Blood Curse The Springtime of Commissario Ricciardi

Blood Curse The Springtime of Commissario Ricciardi

Author: Maurizio de Giovanni Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

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