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Blood Curse (Commissario Ricciardi 2) Paperback – 9 May 2013

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: EUROPA EDITIONS; First English language edition edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609451139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609451134
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Baron Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, Commissario of Public Safety at the Royal Police Headquarters in Naples, is a lonely man. Growing up as the orphaned child of a wealthy family and living virtually alone, he possesses a natural reticence, his only real "friend" being his deputy, Brigadier Raffaele Maione, in whom he confides nothing about his private life. On the job, he often goes his own way if he feels justice will be better served, while trying to avoid embarrassing his superiors who, in 1931, are closely associated with Mussolini and his Fascists. Part of Ricciardi's professional success comes from his unique ability to tap into the final thoughts of a victim of violent death by communing with the victim's spirit at the death scene. There he is able to hear the victim's final thought, an experience he refers to privately as The Incident, or The Deed.

This seemingly fantastic premise allows author Maurizio de Giovanni to take his mystery novels in new and unusual directions, while instantly involving the reader in the murder investigation. As the author explores, first, a victim and his/her life, and then the lives of the various suspects, he develops a character-based plot quite different from traditional noir mysteries in which more intricate plots develop from complex external events, often with sociopolitical roots. While novel has plenty of action and a full complement of bloody scenes, the plot here develops more from the complexities of his characters and their personal interactions, than from larger, external crises.
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There are some beautifully expressed passages in this book, but the sad thing is I didn't buy it for its beautiful prose. I like the idea - and the hero/anti-hero is great and well described - but it felt really laboured and by the time I got halfway through the book I had sort of lost interest in who was the actual murderer and staggered on merely to get to the end. I think too the translator needs to get up to date - cash in your chips does NOT mean paying back a favour. The story leaps from one scene to another without any markers, gaps etc so at first you are completely confused as to why a particular character has now appeared in the scene you are reading, until you realise that you are now reading a totally different scene. I might, if I had nothing else to read, download another book in the series as by the number of books published it is obviously a popular series and perhaps I'm missing something, but somehow I don't think so.
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Loved this book, great story telling , a good hook in the detecttive being able to 'see ' the victim and hear their final thoughts. Couldnt put it down. The translation was good, couldlnt really tell it was a translated book and not originally written in English.
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I do admire the imagination of this author with his hero/antihero who has second sight, the books have a real sense of time and place and are well thought through. All the characters are well drawn and have real presence.
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If you have read Commissario Ricciardi 1, (I Will Have Vengeance) published in English by the Hersilia press, you will notice a change with this novel. It is translated into America English and uses American colloquial terms: " ... four guys nobody'd ever seen in the neighborhood .." or "this (customer) was no walk in the park." This may not be a problem for you but I didn't like it.
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