The Death Of A Mafia Don (Michele Ferrara) Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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An atmospheric mystery by Florence's former Head of Police
About the Author
Michele Giuttari was born in 1950 in the province of Messina. He was head of the Florence Police Force from 1995 to 2003, where he was responsible for re-opening the Monster of Florence case and jailing several key Mafia figures. He is now a special adviser to the interior minister in Rome, with a special remit to monitor Mafia activity.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found this an ideal holiday read – and it would make a good film.
A thoroughly good read.
Giuttari writes with obvious authority, he knows his subject area like the back of his hand so there are plenty of details about police and judicial practice which give the book added realism. The story literally starts with a bang when Ferrara's car is caught up in an explosion. Was he the target? How did the bombers know which route he would be taking to work? Are we talking terrorist or Mafia? Ferrara has trod on plenty of toes and upset many criminals and the recently imprisoned Mafia Don,Salvatore Laprua is prime suspect, then he too dies in his prison cell followed by a number of his family and associates leading the Squadra Mobile down into a web of corruption in high places and clan infighting leading from Florence to Sicily and back to Rome.
There are some genuinely scary scenes and some touchingly sad:the death of Ferrara's colleague Anna Giulietti and the revelations of her feelings for him written in her diary were moving. Throughout the book Ferrara's wife Petra is desperate for him to retire from this brutal and dangerous life and Ferrara too seems to be having his doubts but the reader will hope that these come to nothing: Ferrara, with his shoulder length salt and pepper hair and his feline hazel green eyes deserves to be with us for a while yet. He certainly ranks up there with the greats: Commissaro Guido Brunetti(Donna Leon), Salvo Montalbano(Andrea Camilleri)and Aurelio Zen (Michale Dibdin)
As one would guess from the title, this novel concentrates on the Mafia, their presence on the Italian mainland, and the violent rivalry between them and the Sicilian brotherhood. Ferrara is only in the background for the first third, and the plot gathers pace when he returns to centre stage. I would recommend reading the prevoius 2 first, in order, as although the books do stand on their own individually, one gets more from the characters if they're read in order of writing.
A last point: the translation is very good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast moving with believable, if not in depth, characters. Giuttari knows what he`s talking about when it comes to Italian crime.Published 14 months ago by Mr Philip Whitney
another gripping read from Mr Giuttari he never lets you down.
I like the way Michele Giuttari linked how the American and italians worked together. This gave the story another dimension.Published 16 months ago by Margaret J