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I Will Have Vengeance

I Will Have Vengeance [Kindle Edition]

Maurizio de Giovanni , Anne Milano Appel
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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"the combination of an unusual detective, historical setting and Italian opera was impossible to resist."

"...a colourful novel that imparts a strong sense of time and place...there's more than a touch of Agatha Christie in this tale" --Curious book fans

"This is top quality crime fiction beautifully written by Maurizio De Giovanni" --Crime Scraps

"...such detailed images in the novel that will haunt me for a long time to come" --Books and Writers

"Ricciardi has many traits that have become staples of fictional detectives...and yet these carry extra impressiveness when attributed to a police officer in Fascist Italy"
--Killing Time

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Naples, March 1931: a bitter wind stalks the city’s streets, and murder lies at its chilled heart.
As one of the world’s greatest tenors, Maestro Vezzi, is found brutally murdered in his dressing room at Naples’ famous San Carlo Theatre, the enigmatic and aloof Commissario Ricciardi is called in to investigate. Arrogant and bad-tempered, Vezzi was hated by many, but with the livelihoods of the opera at stake, who would have committed this callous act?
Ricciardi, along with his loyal colleague, Maione, is determined to discover the truth. But Ricciardi carries his own secret: will it help him solve this murder?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hersilia Press (13 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00793NHSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,144 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
(4.5 stars) Fans of Stieg Larsson's Mikael Blomqvist and Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole will find Maurizio De Giovanni's Baron Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, the Neapolitan police hero of the first of four projected mysteries, a completely different kind of character. Commissario Ricciardi is neither as hard-boiled as Blomqvist nor as damaged by alcohol as Hole. In this novel, which is far more operatic in its structure than the Nordic novels, Maurizio De Giovanni creates a main character who feels far more sympathetic than those other two heroes. Now thirty and orphaned, Ricciari has no woman and no family life. He works at least twelve hours a day investigating the most challenging murders in Naples, and he is obviously still suffering from a trauma which occurred when he was a child and led to the first of his "Incidents," moments in which he connects with the souls of the immediately departed, seeing these victims in their last moments and overhearing their final thoughts.

Set in Naples in 1931, the novel takes place during the early rule of Benito Mussolini at a time in which the gap between the wealthy and poor is enormous, and De Giovanni uses these contrasts throughout the novel. Ricciardi and his only friend, Brigadier Raffaela Maione, age fifty, are called to the Royal Theatre of San Carlo to investigate the death of the world's greatest tenor, Arnaldo Vezzi, scheduled to sing the role of the clown in Pagliacci, murdered with a shard of mirror from his dressing room. When Ricciardi finds the body, it softly sings an aria, which, translated, reads: "I will have vengeance, My rage shall know no bounds, And all my love. Shall end in hate." Vengeance, rage, love, and hate, and their corollaries of pride, power, envy, jealousy, are the emotions Ricciardi believes are behind all murders.
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3.0 out of 5 stars He sees dead people and no-one likes him 26 Aug 2014
By PHanson
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He sees dead people. A green-eyed, morose, aristocratic, senior policeman who unsettles his colleagues. He's damaged, naturally, by this curse of seeing those who have died violently - he sees their wounds and feels their final emotions. He has difficulty making friends and is isolated. Women seem to find him attractive tho' - surprise, surprise.

Set in 1930's Naples with the rise of fascism and its inherent threat of irrational brutality, the scene is set for an unsettling story.

Characters are competently given back-stories, relationships are explained, motivations explored and unearthed. Imagery is nicely satisfying and surprising at times. So why only three stars?

I was disappointed. In the middle third of the book I found my mind wandering repeatedly and I kept on putting the book down. The mystery lost dramatic tension and I flagged. I'm glad I persisted to the end because things picked up again. I will probably buy more of these, to read in order of publication, but only if the price is right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 25 July 2013
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Don't expect a thriller but it's a stylish whodunnit. Had early reservations re the supernatural visionary talents of the Commissa' but glad I read on. Opera fans will particularly enjoy the setting/background, but non-opera folk shouldn't be put off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 20 July 2012
By Sara
A unique protagonist and an unusual setting made this book a great read as well as typically Italian in that the solution to the mystery isn't as important as the people and their stories. If you are fans of Camilleri or Bordelli, I recommend you give this a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise 10 May 2014
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I had picked up another novel by this author in the Library but before I read that, bought this for my Kindle. I found it intriguing and enjoyable - if somewhat fanciful. The descriptions of Naples and its people are vivid; the placing of the story in the time of Mussolini adds to the interest. The detective is unusual though there are one or two stock characters such as his Chief who is, as so many, unimaginative, stupid and self-serving. But it was enjoyable enough to make me look forward to reading the book I had originally borrowed. Unfortunately, although de Giovanni has written several books about the same detective, none of the others have been translated into English.
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