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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: EUROPA EDITIONS (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933372915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933372914
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 28 May 2010
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Translation: Antony Shugaar.

In the north-eastern part of Italy, near Venice, lies a small town which is home to some of the oldest and noblest families in the country. Francesco Vitelin, scion of one of these privileged few, is about to marry Giovanna, the daughter of another. Francesco has his own law office, and Giovanna works at the law office of Francesco's father Antonio. Francesco looks up to his father, and having proved his independence, plans to join his father's practice after his marriage. He has specialised in corporate law, planning to help promote the consortium of local industries that exports wines and other produce from the region, bringing wealth and enabling cultural growth to preserve the national heritage in an increasingly globalised world.
Right at the start of the novel, the first crack in the idyll happens, and it is seismic. Giovanna is murdered on the night before her wedding. Francesco is enjoying his bachelor's party at the time, though his friends' lewd and drunk activities are beginning to pall. He has a fight with Filippo, an old enemy who was Giovanna's previous lover, then goes home to bed. Next morning, he eventually finds Giovanna's body and, distraught, reports his discovery to the police.
The facade begins to come down, piece by piece. In this wonderfully economic and black novel, we see events mainly through the eyes of an instinctively trusting and decent man. Slowly we realise that all is not what it seems. Everyone seems to have a secret, and as the investigation continues, this escalates from the small to the all-encompassing, from the personal to the professional.
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By Christine on 4 Nov. 2014
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Really good
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Nothing Dark Here, Just Very Confused and Foggy 10 Jun. 2013
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This is a detective story written by two authors and boy does it show. There is a plot here but it is so convoluted and outlandish, that halfway through the book you want to say stop.

The cast of characters too numerous to mention have little depth, just character A- greedy, B- heart broken, C- insane. I hope you get the picture because by the end of this story you will still not have a clue to any character's motivation, peronality etc. There is no feeling for the atmosphere of the region and to be quite frank, I found many of the assumptions the authors make to be puerile or indulging in cliches.

The only character, the police detective, Mele from the south had the potential to be interesting, but he was never developed.

Let us not waste anymore time on noting the short-comings of the book but note that there is nothing positive to remark upon. I truly expected much more from a book co-authored by Massimo Carlotto.
a mess 24 Jan. 2014
By K. Weingarten - Published on Amazon.com
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No character development, and full of cliches.

Unbelievable through and through.
Assigned in my Italian class and all are confused. WhT are motivations for these behaviors?
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An Amoral World... 26 Feb. 2015
By Ringelevio - Published on Amazon.com
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Same as above. Great stuff if you like locale, good stories, all things Italian, and most important, an amoral character trying to scrape by in a clearly amoral world. Excellent.
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