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The Day of the Dead by Maurizio de Giovanni
  

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Commissario Ricciardi is a cop in 1930s Naples, and in the final volume of his indispensable tetralogy of seasons, it’s autumn and the mood is dark and relentlessly rainy and not the cliched image the reader normally has of the Italian south by a long stretch of the imagination. The body of a young orphan is found and yet again Ricciardi communes with the dead in an almost supernatural manner in his dogged efforts to uncover the many questions surrounding the sad case. While doing this he has to juggle with the labyrinthine bureaucracy of the police force, the underlying rise of fascism and his own romantic would be entanglements. A terribly endearing hero and a humdinger of a mystery with a heart.

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The Day of the Dead by Maurizio de Giovanni

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.

About the Author

Maurizio de Giovanni

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 In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series.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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Maurizio de Giovanni

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Crime / Mystery
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9781609451875

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