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Maurizio de Giovanni

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 In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series.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

  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • “These are ingenious crime novels, written with intelligence and enthusiasm."
    — The Wall Street Journal, May 27 2016
  • Set in contemporary Naples, the Pizzofalcone precinct is about to be shut down; the previous detectives had intercepted a drug deal, but only reported a portion of the merchandise, keeping the rest to sell on the streets.
    — Pulp Den, Feb 15 2016
  • "Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station."
    — Kirkus Reviews, Feb 2 2016
  • "Colorful, fully drawn characters and several intriguing subplots help propel the plot to a satisfying resolution."
    — Publishers Weekly, Feb 1 2016
  • Maurizio de Giovanni’s new novel, The Bottom of Your Heart: Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi, opens with a man falling to his death gracefully, as though in slow motion, his two-second plunge lasting five pages. It is a terrifying yet elegiac overture.
    — Barnes and Noble Review, Nov 18 2015
  • Maurizio de Giovanni just keeps getting better and better. With this seventh novel in his series featuring Baron Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi di Malomonte, Commissario of Public Safety at the Royal Police Headquarters in Naples, he creates a new mystery...
    — Seeing the World Through Books, Nov 9 2015
  • The Bottom of Your Heart, sub-titled Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi, is the seventh in De Maurizio’s richly-woven series from Europa Editions featuring the sympathetic and haunted (literally) Ricciardi...
    — Shots Magazine, Nov 3 2015
  • “A richly textured story whose murder is nothing more than the point of entry.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Sep 23 2015
  • De Giovanni’s complex, lyrical seventh whodunit set in Fascist Italy (after Viper) finds Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, a public safety officer in Naples who has been cursed with the ability to see images of the recently dead, even more miserable than usual after a romantic...
    — Publishers Weekly, Sep 1 2015
  • Rating 5-Stars Professor Tullio Iovine del Castello, chair of gynecology at the university suddenly takes a dive out the topmost window from his office building, but the investigation reveals that he didn’t jump; somebody threw him. Someone who is big and strong enough...
    — Pulp Den, Aug 6 2015
  • Crime in translation round-up: Pack your passport for some murder and mayhem To warmer climes. Italy lags in the international crime stakes at present, but there are glimmers, such as Maurizio de Giovanni, whose Commissario Ricciardi series – the latest is Viper (Europa,...
    — Apr 21 2015
  • Set during Holy Week 1932, De Giovanni's engaging sixth Commissario Ricciardi mystery (after 2014's By My Hand) opens with the murder of Viper, Naples's most famous prostitute. She had only two regular clients: the owner of a sacred art shop, whose obsession with her threatened...
    — Apr 7 2015
  • Maurizio de Giovanni’s sixth entry in his series of Neapolitan mysteries starring Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi will delight fans of the series and, I suspect, send new readers thronging to bookstores to get some of his earlier novels. Set in 1932, during the dictatorship...
    — Mar 4 2015
  • De Giovanni's second novel featuring Naples Police Commisario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi (after 2012's I Will Have Vengeance) combines a rare setting for a whodunit, Fascist Italy, with a classic fair play puzzle and a highly unusual lead. After a lyrical and tantalizing opening...
    — Sep 22 2014

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