“A fresh and exciting new voice in Italian crime fiction. Keep the translations coming.”––Booklist
It is 1945. De Luca suffers from insomnia and has lost his appetite. He’s got problems with women and a case that he can’t crack. In this second installment of the heralded De Luca Trilogy, the Commissario is posing as a certain Giovanni Morandi to avoid reprisals for the role he played during the fascist dictatorship. Exposed by a member of the partisan police, De Luca is forced to investigate a series of brutal murders, becoming a reluctant player in Italy’s post-war power struggle.
Carlo Lucarelli is one of Italy’s best-loved crime writers. He was born in Parma in 1960. His publishing debut came with the extremely successful De Luca Trilogy in 1990 and he has since published over a dozen novels and collections of stories. He is an active member of several Italian and international writer’s association, he teaches at Alessandro Baricco’s Holden School in Turin and in Padova’s maximum security prison. Several of his novels have been translated into French for Gallimard’s renowned “Noir” series. He conducts the program “Blue Night” on Italian network television, and his novels Almost Blue and Lupo Mannaro have both been made into films, the first by Alex Infascelli and the latter by Antonio Tibaldi. Lucarelli's Web site (in Italian) Author's profile on Wikipedia