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The Few by Nadia Dalbuono

The Few

Part of the Leone Scamarcio Series
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Leone is a Roman detective whose father once was a leading figure in the Mafia. When he is handed a file of compromising photographs of a high-placed politician, he is faced with the dilemma of hushing up the case and prove his loyalty to a corrupt system. When two bodies are later discovered, linked to the case, his situation becomes impossible to sustain and his past catches up with him as he walks an increasingly more fragile tightrope. The British author who is married to an Italian and now lives there once worked in television and is familiar with the sometimes stench of the corridors of power and sharply evokes her protagonist's moral uncertainties and the poisoned perils running through every strand of Italian society. Has Donna Leon found her match?

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The Few by Nadia Dalbuono

Detective Leone Scamarcio, the son of a former leading Mafioso, has turned his back on the family business, and has joined the Rome police force. He may be one of the last honest men in Italy. But when Scamarcio is handed a file of extremely compromising photographs of a high-profile Italian politician, and told to 'deal with it', he knows he's in for trouble. And when a young man is found stabbed to death in Rome, and a little girl disappears on a beach in Elba, Scamarcio's job gets a whole lot more complicated. Worst of all, every lead seems to implicate the prime minister - a multimedia baron, and the most powerful man in Italy. As the case spins out of control, and his own past catches up with him, Scamarcio must navigate the darkest currents of Italian society - only to find that nothing is as it seems, and that the price of truth may be higher than he can pay.


'Gripping ... You won't be able to put down this unsettling tale.'
The Sun

'Has Donna Leon found her match?'
Maxim Jakubowski Lovereading 'Nadia Dalbuono is writing this with both the detachment of an outsider and the understanding of a resident. As with Donna Leon, Dalbuono clearly sees the terrible stagnation and immorality of the system ... The Few is an exciting and compelling read.
Crime Squad

'[An] unsettling detective thriller set in the dark heart of the corrupt Italian political system.'
Chris Herde Daily Telegraph

'Dalbuono has a light hand with some very dark themes and has created a most engaging detective'

-- Shelley Orchard Adelaide Advertiser '[A] really good debut ... The plot is murky and messy, the pace is fast and the characters well drawn, conflicted and compromised.
Auckland Herald

'[A] professional and confident foray into the realms of crime fiction ... This detective has many more novels in him than the modest two-volume series planned so far.'
Kerryn Goldsworthy Canberra Times

'Corruption, politics, and personal agendas combine to create a murky atmosphere of confusion and chaos. Scamarcio is a complicated character, as befits such a complex storyline ... Slow burning, slow building, but ultimately rewarding.'
Tessa Chudy Good Reading Magazine

'[A] rock-solid read, with the click-clack of shoes on cobblestones and the oppressive heat of a Mediterranean summer making for a delectable spring treat.'
Crime Pick of the Month

-- Fiona Hardy Readings Monthly 'Packed full of twists and turns with never a dull moment ... A real page-turner.
Crime Review

About the Author

Nadia Dalbuono

Nadia Dalbuono has spent the last 15 years working as a documentary director and consultant for Channel 4, ITV, and for National Geographic in various countries. The Few is her first novel. She lives in northern Italy.

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Publication date

6th November 2014


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368 pages


Crime / Mystery
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