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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 In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series.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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Our Spring/Summer 2019 catalog is now available!

Latest reviews

  • “De Giovanni is a smart and skillful plotter, but his novel’s strength is its compelling cast of colorful characters, cops, and criminals […] An insightful and compassionate commentary on society’s strays, the left out, and the left behind.”
    — Mystery Scene, Sep 9 2020
  • “[de Giovanni] illustrates that Naples is not only made up of camorra and mandolins, but also of the desire for commitment and redemption, for hidden beauties, and the capacity for hospitality and dignity.”
    — CrimeReads, Jul 20 2020
  • ★ “De Giovanni is a master of the witty, elegantly plotted fair-play mystery.”“De Giovanni is a master of the witty, elegantly plotted fair-play mystery.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jul 20 2020
  • “With the latest entry in his crime series set in Pizzofalcone, a precinct high atop a hill in Naples, author Maurizio de Giovanni adds another layer to the characters who have made themselves so intriguing to readers of the previous four novels in this series.”
    — Seeing the World Through Books, Jul 17 2020
  • “The personal stories of the many well-drawn characters, who offer touching vignettes of life in the messy, exuberant city, provide counterpoint to the crime solving. Armchair travelers will be satisfied.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Apr 15 2019
  • “. . . so good and quintessentially Napolitano.”
    — CrimeReads, Jan 14 2019
  • “Author de Giovanni’s characters are diverse and fascinating...”
    — Eyes on World Cultures, Sep 14 2018
  • “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

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