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The Crocodile

The Crocodile [Kindle Edition]

Maurizio de Giovanni
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This novel is a perfect killing machine of flesh, bone, blood and cartilage. The story of the Crocodile will make you tremble to your very soul (Donato Carrisi, internationally bestselling author of The Whisperer)

The Naples we are plunged into in de Giovanni's vivid and astringent novel is a phantasmagoric place . . . [The novel is] rich and strange (Barry Forshaw Financial Times)

Intriguing . . . De Giovanni's tale is fast-paced (Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post)

Engaging and emotional, The Crocodile is a memorable take on revenge (Sydney Morning Herald)

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A dark, bloody story of murder and revenge in modern-day Naples from the bestselling Italian author Maurizio de Giovanni.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of the bestselling Inspector Ricciardi crime series set in the 1930s. The Crocodile, another bestseller, marks the beginning of a new crime series set in present-day Naples and featuring Inspector Lojacono. His books have been successfully translated into several languages, and a television adaptation is underway in Italy.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Neapolitan author Maurizio de Giovanni's novels have always been original and intensely realized, with occasional, much-welcomed flashes of humor. His quirky, well-drawn characters elicit the reader's emotions, and his powerfully vivid settings add atmosphere and depth to the dark, noir plots. In this newest novel, de Giovanni has created yet another brilliantly realized protagonist, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono - lonely, wounded by life, and sympathetic. Lojacono, from Sicily, is fully familiar with the workings of organized crime there, and he has recently become a victim of its machinations. When a low level crook in Sicily identified the innocent Lojacono as an informant for organized crime, Lojacono became an instant pariah in the police department. With no evidence against him, however, there could no trial and therefore, no clearing of his name.

Sicily shipped him off the island to Naples, where, for the past ten months, Lojacono has been playing card games on the computer, prohibited from working on cases. Everything changes when the first of several murders occurs. While the rest of the department is looking for the usual connections to organized crime, Lojacono, alone among the department, begins to look elsewhere for the mysterious killer. The killer himself, meanwhile, is revealing his inner thoughts to the reader through his emotional messages to an invalid whom he loves. He travels through Naples, going anywhere he wants to go, but remains as invisible as a crocodile lurking beneath the surface of the water.

The old man's first murder, the shooting death of a sixteen-year-old boy, is shocking in its unexpected and cold-blooded violence. Immediately afterward, the killer saunters off, unnoticed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Dark Crime Thriller 19 Aug 2014
The Crocodile – Brilliant

The Crocodile by Maurizio De Giovanni is a brilliant Italian crime thriller which has quirky characters, a great story and a little humour along the way. It is easy to see why De Giovanni is an award winning crime novelist as this gives who has come up with a powerful plot that is well thought out is detailed and at no time does it feel rushed. The Crocodile is a great read as smooth ice cream and stunning as Italian tailoring.

Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono has been transferred to Naples from his beloved Sicily as he been accused of assisting the mafia, something he denies. Not trusted by his new colleagues given a none job to keep him away from real police work, Lojacono is alone even his family do not want to talk to him. He has nothing to do other than work, eat and as he cannot sleep work overtime.

One night he is the only senior officer on duty and is the first responder to a murder of a young boy. He noticed various clues which the prosecutor remembers while the station captain is busy trying to get Lojacono to go away from the murder scene and back to the station. When more young people are murdered for no apparent reason the pressure is on the police to solve the murders.

As the pressure builds the police have no idea why or who committed the crimes and are convinced they are just mafia hits. Lojacono keeps telling his sergeant that they are not mafia hits as they are not noisy enough to be sending the usual messages the mafia want sending out. Ignored by his senior colleagues it is Prosecutor Piras who over hears his theory and invites him in to the investigation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtually flawless mystery/lit writing 22 Feb 2014
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In an era when Scandinavian mystery/crime writers have been the focus of readers' admiration comes Italian Maurizio de Giovanni (and a few compatriots), with some really marvelous writing, pushing the genre up into the literature category, without sacrifice of dynamic storyline, police procedural or strong ending.

De Giovanni has recently made a name for himself with the terrific Commissario Ricciardi series set in 1931 Naples. By contrast, "The Crocodile" takes place in contemporary times (still in Naples) and with a different protagonist. Police work and storyline are strongly affected by electronic communication and rapid research. At the same time, the major strength of book remains the very colorful and human characters that the author has crafted. This is something that distinguishes his Ricciardi series as well.

"The Crocodile" is the fairly straightforward--if quite dark--tale of a serial killer at work. The local cops follow the default (for Naples) theory that it's the Neapolitan mafia disciplining its members and/or customers. Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, an administrative exile from Sicily, is inadvertently dragged into the investigation and rejects the mafia theory, suggesting something more sinister and personal. He convinces the lead investigator that the rising number of victims are connected through their families, and the rest of the story becomes a race to stop further check-offs of the anticipated victim list.

For me, this was mystery writing at its highest level. Great characters, spare but rich and intelligent language and appropriate ending. Di Giovanni is a writer to be cherished and encouraged. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Huw Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot line
Excellent plot line. The use of a jaded and under suspicion police officer makes it interesting. Hopefully there will be other plots with him at the helm.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela J. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Really engrossing and a great read
This book takes you directly into the charaqcters minds (and hearts). Very good thriller, great procedural leavened with sufficient black humour and great descriptions of a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ted Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Maurizio de Giovanni
I love his books and they are hard to find but Amaon stock them so pleased.
The story well keep you on the edge of your seat he spin's a wonderfull story the way he explains... Read more
Published 3 months ago by pamela a davenport
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pageturner. Somewhat superficial.
The book definitely does what a thriller needs to do: I finished it in one session. The plot is well construed and even though the ending does not come as a surprise you close the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. W. Mokken
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I was kept interested throughout The small bite size chapters kept the impact and indeed what the killer was going to do. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. D. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning read from this author
Different from the Commissario Ricciardi books as they are set in the present day and the antihero/hero doesn't have second sight. Read more
Published 6 months ago by canarybird
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Very good detective novel, I would recommend it, the ending had me on the edge of my seat, I look forward to reading more from De Giovanni.
Published 8 months ago by m p zwager
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Rubbish
I have to state from the outset that I was extremely disappointed in this book. I was really looking forward to a well-written and interesting tale instead of which it seemed to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is a new author to me. The story is set in a pretty miserable part of Italy in winter. The characters are drawn well , and the Italian police are with one exception pretty... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ronaldo
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