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 In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series.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

  • “Naples in the early 1930s is the setting for Maurizio de Giovanni’s “Nameless Serenade,” a series book (translated impressively from the Italian by Antony Shugaar) whose intense opening chapters approach the operatic.”
    — The Wall Street Journal, Aug 3 2018
  • “The author’s writing and story-telling ability keeps you turning the pages, and the mystery is never what it seems. This is the best mystery series coming out of Italy, and Maurizio De Giovanni is my favorite author in the genre.”
    — Pulp Den, Jul 20 2018
  • “Ricciardi, who’s literally haunted by visions of the dead, continues to be one of the most nuanced and intriguing sleuths in contemporary crime fiction.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Jul 2 2018
  • “De Giovanni’s work is perfect for anyone who wants to be transported to the dark underbelly of crime in the Mediterranean’s marginal cities.”
    — CrimeReads, Jun 20 2018
  • De Giovanni is a “major European crime novelist”
    — The Washington Post, Jul 5 2017
  • “This is a wonderful series, and I highly recommend it to mystery lovers, as well as historical noir.”
    — The Pulp Den, Jun 15 2017
  • “Love, longing, and loss suffuse de Giovanni's elegiac, autumnal eighth Commissario Ricciardi mystery set in 1930s Naples...”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jun 15 2017
  • “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

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