The New York Times: Reading a novel by Maurizio de Giovanni is like stepping into a Vittorio De Sica movie."
Date: Dec 15 2013
Reading a novel by Maurizio de Giovanni is like stepping into a Vittorio De Sica movie. The sights and smells of Naples are pungently evoked in EVERYONE IN THEIR PLACE (Europa, paper, $17), the latest entry in a superb historical series set in Fascist Italy during the 1930s and featuring one of the most melancholy detectives in European noir crime fiction. Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi is burdened by a terrible gift: He can see the revenants of murder victims and hear their last thoughts. The haunted commissario conducts an investigation into the murder of a duchess who was quite the woman of affairs. The boudoir may hold the answer to the crime, but we’re more captivated by the streets outside the palazzo, where families gather on a sweltering Sunday night to pump some lifeblood into this “crazy, laughing city.”