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Death in Florence by Marco Vichi

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Inspector Bordelli, Book 4. It is 1966 and Florence suffered a devastating flood (fact) which caused a huge amount of damage. Inspector Bordelli is investigating the disappearance of a boy. This harks back to the Resistance Movement in Tuscany during World War II as the unorthodox Inspector won’t let go of the case, shaking it as a dog would its prey. A little longer than the first three, it’s a great addition to the series. If you are a newcomer then do start at the beginning, Death in August, for this is a series with character development and a sense of place as important as the crime to be solved.

If you like Marco Vichi you might also like to read books by Andrea Camilleri and Barbara Nadel.


Death in Florence by Marco Vichi

Florence, October 1966. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation. Then the flood hits. During the night of 4th November the swollen River Arno, already lapping the arches of the Ponte Vecchio, breaks its banks and overwhelms the city. Streets become rushing torrents, the force of the water sweeping away cars and trees, doors, shutters and anything else in its wake. In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child's disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli is not prepared to give up.


'A real find for anyone who likes their crime novels atmospheric, discursive, humorous and thought-provoking.'

... DEATH IN FLORENCE confirms Vichi's place in the vanguard of the new wave of Italian crime writers. Irish Times 'Vichi's crime novels are enjoyable, mystifying and well worth reading.
Literary Review

'[Italian] writers are justifiably growing in popularity here: Marco Vichi deserves to be among them ... [Bordelli] is stubborn, womanless, cynical and impatient, but strangely appealing.'
Marcel Berlins, The Times

'Over the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget.'
Andrea Camilleri

'Vichi's stellar first in a new mystery series introduces endearingly melancholic Inspector Bordelli ... [and] delivers a plausible solution worthy of a golden age crime novel. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this flawed hero.'
Publishers Weekly, starred review for DEATH IN AUGUST

'Once again [Vichi's] depiction of Italian history and culture is both fascinating and complex ... a sharply observed slice of crime fiction with real depth.'

About the Author

Marco Vichi

Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of eleven novels and two collections of short stories, he has also written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on projects for humanitarian causes. His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti and Camaiore prizes.

Author photo © Claudia Paoli

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7th November 2013


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


Crime / Mystery
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