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A Darkness Descending by Christobel Kent
  

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The fourth in the Sandra Cellini crime series set in and around Florence. Cellini is an ex-police officer, private investigator and this instalment sees him investigating why an honest politician’s partner would seemingly commit suicide. Kent does a very good job of showing the dark atmospheric real side of Florence that tourists rarely venture into and of picking up contemporary political themes and concerns.

If you like Christobel Kent you might also like to read books by Michele Giuttari, Michael Dibdin and Louise Doughty.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. When Rosselli, the charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, the future of his party is in doubt. Subsequently, it becomes apparent that his partner Flavia has disappeared, and it is time for the intervention of Kent’s intuitive detective Sandro Cellini. Cellini is led to a seaside town and a hotel that has seen better days, where he discovers that Flavia has taken her own life…or so it seems. Cellini, never one to take things at face value, digs deeper and discovers a complex web of intrigue. There is more than a hint of the work of the late Michael Dibdin here, but Christobel Kent has her own very individual character.
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Synopsis

A Darkness Descending by Christobel Kent

When Niccolo Rosselli, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal - and Sandro Cellini is drafted in to investigate. The trail leads to a tired sea-side town and a modest hotel, where Flavia chose to end her life. But Cellini isn't satisfied - why would one so young and with so much to live for, walk away from all she loves? As he digs into Flavia's secret world, however, Sandro uncovers the hidden life of a woman consumed with private passions and a deadly, dark obsession. And as the private and public realms intersect, he cannot forget that life in modern Italy has a perilous edge - fuelled as much by rage as desire.

Reviews

'Death, espresso, and political manoeuvering... An ex-cop plying his trade outside the boundaries of normal Italian police procedure. Brooding Italian noir.' --Independent on Sunday

'Like Dibden's Zen, Cellini is a reluctant inquirer... fascism, the mafia and revolving-door post-war governments have left many secrets that score dark marks on the surface of daily life. Taut and thoughtful mystery that draws on the contrast between location... and the savage passions and politics that lie underneath.' --Mark Lawson, Guardian

'Dark, gloomy and often sinister... An intelligent and convincing thriller with fleshed-out characters you want to meet again.' --Daily Mail

'Bridging the gap left by Michael Dibdin... Suspense, atmosphere, and the architectural beauty of Florence... Fantastic.' --Irish Examiner

About the Author

Christobel Kent

Christobel Kent was born in London and educated at Cambridge. She has lived variously in Essex, London and Italy. Her childhood included several years spent on a Thames sailing barge in Maldon, Essex with her father, stepmother, three siblings and four step-siblings. She now lives in both Cambridge and Florence with her husband and five children.

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Publication date

7th August 2014

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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780857893284

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