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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857389327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857389329
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of those rare novels that brings together the best elements of literature ... and a nonstop thriller that drives readers relentlessly from first page to last' Jeffery Deaver.

'[A] passionate portrayal of a corrupt and criminal Italy, from seedy traffickers to the Vatican' The Times.

'Utterly compelling' Peter May.

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MewzikFreek on 24 April 2013
Format: Paperback
A murder mystery spanning almost 25 years - beginning the night of Italy's 1982 World Cup victory and ending after their 2006 World Cup victory. In between there are brutal murders with glimpses of Italian politics, corruption, racism, greed and religion and culture. Most of all there are lies, clouding and confusing a police investigation which, if it had been successful in 1982, would have saved many lives in the future. The pace of the book barely lets up with many twists along the way. The writing and translation are first class. Don't be put off by the book's page length - once started you'll speed through it. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 April 2014
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The book starts with a murder in 1982 on the night Italy won the World Cup and a Michele Balistreri who is so obnoxious I almost gave up reading but I persevered through this background to 2006 when most of the book is set. Another girl is murdered, Italy wins the World Cup again and the mother of the 1982 victim commits suicide. Please keep up because this is only the beginning of a long, sprawling book which includes more murder, Italian politics, the Vatican and Italy's problems with economic migrants amongst other things. I think this book has interesting things to say about all these topics and two things are very clear from all of it - there is no black or white, only shades of grey and that spin is alive and well in Rome.
I think the plotting is ingenious and well thought out, if a little long, with many clever twists although not all are believable. I'm unsure about the characterisation. I thought the minor characters were well drawn and believable but I found the main characters and their motivations difficult to understand and relate to. To sum up: I found the picture of modern day Italy fascinating and credible, the 2006 events intriguing enough to want to know whodunit but it requires a massive suspension of disbelief to accept some aspects of the plot and some of the characters' actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gerry o'connell on 25 May 2013
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Best book I have read for a long time. Spanning 25 years, the plot it complex and detailed, testing your memory of previous events, but worth the struggle. The characterisation is as good I have seen and the interplay between the police characters and their bosses was Connellyesque and Bosch at its best!

Loved the political overtones ( very realistic) - and the insight into the Vatican politics also.

I read this 700 pager on a cruise - and you do need a good run at it to do it justice. First of a trilogy, can't wait for the next!
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By markb on 5 Oct. 2014
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This is an absorbing lengthy crime mystery - spanning 25 years in Rome. Costantini draws a wide range of material into the convoluted web of a plot, mother-love; lust; police procedural and political conspiracy. The reader is kept guessing to the final pages.
What connects gruesome misogynistic murders 25 years apart? How are small time criminals linked with corrupt business and what is the political connection? But nothing is what it first seems.
We are introduced to very diverse set of Italian police officers. The impulsive muscular woman detective, the thorough scrupulous investigator, the jobbing copper. At the centre is Commissario Balistreri a troubled flawed man overshadowed by youthful traumas. Even if he would prefer not to, he is constantly drawn back to acting professionally and to chasing down the truth. Though,accordng to Costantini, there is only so much truth the public can bear.
The book is a portrait of the underside of Italy, Rome in particular. Beneath impressive, grand, physical and personal facades there is corruption and decay. Balistreri is a convincingly written, strong, character, surviving, rather than flourishing, in a world where everything is grey and most moral compasses are broken. Readers who can cope with Costantini's pessimistic vision will engage with this story. This is the first of a trilogy, I'll be reading the next book.
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By Sam Arnold on 6 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I listened to this book in audiobook so some of the comments on the book maybe related to this. The book is slow to begin with and I credited this to the fact that I did not like the lead character. Having read on I realised that this was part of the plot and you are not really supposed to like the lead character at the beginning. In fact I believe he doesn't like himself. As the book continues more characters are introduced. In my opinion there were too many characters introduced and these were hard to keep up with who was who. Again this may have been due to the fact I was listening rather than reading the book.

There are some huge leaps in time but these are kept nicely together by the dates at the beginning of the chapters which I thought was an excellent idea. The tale twists and turns well although there is the typical quiet mid section of the book. The book has an exciting dramatic end although I have to admit I had guessed who the murderer was all through the book. I think this may be my main problem with the book at no time was there a wow really moment. I will definitely try something else from this author but maybe not in audiobook again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This protracted police procedural is bookended by Italy's two World Cup wins - a neat idea on which the author, rather maddeningly, fails to capitalise. The book opens with the first cup win in 1982 when we are introduced to Balistreri, a good-looking hard-ass cop who's into smoking, drinking, poker and sex. A neo-Fascist in his troubled youth, Balistreri isn't the most likeable of characters. When a beautiful young woman (is there any other kind in these books?) goes missing, the brash Balistreri fails to take the case seriously - until the girl turns up dead.

We then flash forward 24 years to Italy's second win. Now weary with age and guilt, Balistreri has mellowed into an altogether different man. Further murders of women are being committed and he is convinced they are all linked. The narrative then drones on relentlessly with a skein of ridiculously far-fetched plot complications and pseudo-political digressions. Unfortunately, Balistreri lacks the charm of a Montalbano to carry this off and I found myself skipping lines, then paragraphs and then whole pages. When I reached the end, it felt like deliverance indeed.
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