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Rome, 1982. On the evening of Italy's winning the football World Cup in Spain, an eighteen-year-old female employed by by the Vatican's housing agency disappears into thin air. The investigation is given to a young officer, Michele Balistreri. Headstrong and arrogant, Balistreri takes the case lightly, and it is only when a gruesome discovery is made on the banks of the Tiber that he realizes the terrible cost of his negligence. Rome, 2006. While Italy celebrates its first World Cup triumph in twenty-four years, journalist Linda Nardi is busy investigating a series of brutalities against young women. Although the murders have been pinned on a group of juveniles from the city's immigrant community, Nardi is exploring a more sinister possibility, at the personal request of the head of Rome's Special Foreign Section, Michele Balistreri. Balistreri, despite having risen to one of the highest ranks in the Italian police, is still plagued by the tragedy that marked his early career. Suspecting the recent crimes to be the work of a serial killer, he hopes that stopping this murderer will help to assuage the crippling guilt and regret that he has shouldered for over two decades. For Nardi - a relentless and enigmatic investigative journalist - Balistreri's proposition has presented a golden opportunity. If the nation is being misled as to the true nature of the crimes, she can expose the conspiracy and help to combat the corruption and racism that has become endemic in Italian society. One is fighting to fix the past, the other to fix the present. Yet these battles will prove to be shockingly linked: for the evil Nardi now seeks has marked Balistreri once before, and its malevolent trail goes way higher, and way further back, than either of them dared imagine.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a well-plotted, fascinating story of intrigue and evil within a rich Italian context spanning over 20 years. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anthony W. Bates
Although well written, it goes on too long, repetitive explanations and minutae that is not relevant, a shame, worthy subject matter thoughPublished 9 months ago by Steve montgomery
Kept me engrossed right to the end. Characters very well drawn and atmosphere of Rome captured very well. To be recommended.Published 9 months ago by lynda lord
An excellent read, indepth and constantly moving that keeps the readers interest. Good insight into the workings of the Italian Police Depts and Internal Political relations... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was great i enjoyed very much
The twist at the end was very good.
Hope to read more of his books
Walking the dog I bumped into a friend who recommended a book he was reading. "It's some size of book", he said, "by an Italian guy. Ricardo something, Montenari, I think. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was concerned that such a long book would be drawn out and lack pace. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a real page turner and just keeps you guessing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Heathy67