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This review is from: The Deliverance of Evil (Commissario Balistreri Trilogy) (Hardcover)
I can't imagine that anyone would wish this book longer. The claim that it contains "the best elements of literature" seems to me to be pretentious if not absurd. In fact it is a run of the mill police thriller, which never begins to justify its length. Two distinctive features are that the action is sandwiched between Italian World Cup victories and that the central character undergoes some form of moral development. Among police detectives Michele Balistreri must count as quite the most odious: arrogant, self-obsessed, cynical and misogynistic, without an ounce of charm or sensitivity. To a degree this is no doubt deliberate on Constantini's part, but only to a degree. The plot gathers some pace over the later stages of the novel but in the last analysis it seems to me that there are far better options in this genre, both in Italian and from elsewhere. The claims this weighty volume makes for itself sadly fail to achieve realisation.