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The Crocodile by Maurizio de Giovanni

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While a string of horrifying teenage murders seem to baffle Naples local detectives, disgraced Sicialian Police Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono can see a pattern of love and despair in the killings which point to a perpetrator. But Lojacono cannot trust his colleagues and they cannot trust him so, to make the case, he must become the crocodile – lurking beneath the surface of the city ready to spring from the shallows and stop the killer. Detective fiction is rarely so beautifully realised.

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The Crocodile by Maurizio de Giovanni

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?


'This novel is a perfect killing machine of flesh, bone, blood and cartilage. The story of the Crocodile will make you tremble to your very soul -- Donato Carrisi, internationally bestselling author of The Whisperer The Naples we are plunged into in de Giovanni's vivid and astringent novel is a phantasmagoric place ... [The novel is] rich and strange' -- Barry Forshaw Financial Times

'Intriguing ... De Giovanni's tale is fast-paced' -- Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post

'Engaging and emotional, The Crocodile is a memorable take on revenge'-- Sydney Morning Herald

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 In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series.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

14th August 2014


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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


352 pages


Crime / Mystery
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