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The Death Of A Mafia Don (Michele Ferrara) Paperback – 6 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349121621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349121628
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I'm stunned to read the glowing reviews for this disappointing book. I took it on holiday with me (to Italy of course) and struggled to finish it. Possibly he was poorly served by his translator, but it had the two dimensional qualities of a Dan Brown novel. Of course it was packed with excellent procedural detail, but the characters were scarcely believable stereotypes and the dialogue laughably bad. If you want exciting entertaining Italian crime fiction with credible characters, why not try Gianrico Carofiglio, Carlo Lucarelli, or the consistently good Andrea Camilleri. Policemen should stick to policing.
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I wish I had started this series of books with the 2 before this one. I found it on the swap shelf in our local bar/cafe. I have since ordered 3 more of this series. The author's personal knowledge of the subject covered makes the books even more interesting.
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I started off with a copy of Book 2 in the series which probably wasn't the best way to start but it didn't seem to matter much. I read the paperback I had picked up somewhere then downloaded Books 1&3 on my Kindle and whizzed through the lot. Very good little series, along the lines of Montalbano. I enjoyed them.
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By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2015
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This is set in the months following the attacks of 9/11. When a car bomb goes off in Florence it is assumed to be the work of Islamic terrorists. But other incidents occur that lead the police to consider that the culprits could be part of the Sicilian Mafia. Death of a Mafia Don is written with great verve and moves along at a good pace. There is an incredibly (and unwieldy) long list of characters and that was quite confusing at times. The complex plot involves layers of police investigators, military intelligence, politicians and the press.

I found this an ideal holiday read – and it would make a good film.
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Once again, using his police experience, Michele Giuttari creates a complicated but credible story of wheels within wheels plottiing, disloyalty, crimme and violence. The underlying awareness of treachery at all levels and the awareness that nothing is as it seems leads to a willing involvement on the part of the reader and a happy suspension of disbelief. The final surprise is very well managed.
A thoroughly good read.
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Car bomb goes off - who planted it, who was it meant for? The problem is everybody and his dog is involved in solving the crime. There are so many characters involved from so many different departments it's difficult to keep track of who is doing what. A knowledge of the Italian judicial system would help in reading this book.
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Any new author in the Italian crime fiction canon is welcome and when that author is an ex policeman himself more the better. This is the third in Michele Giuttari's series of novels featuring the Head of Florence's 'Squadra Mobile', Michele Ferrara. I feel it is the best of the three so far although I will now go back to re read the first two to see if I can revise my opinion.
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)
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This is Michele Giuttari's third novel about Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara.See also A Florentine Death (Michele Ferrara)A Death in Tuscany (Michele Ferrara) The author is a former head of the Squadra Mobile in Florence, and one assumes that the novels and the characters, especially Ferrara, are closely drawn from his own experiences. The police procedures ceratinly seem very authentic, and for anyone who knows and loves Tuscany & Florence in particular, they show one the other side of the area, not usually glimpsed by the visitor. In my opinion they are better tnan Donna Leon's Brunetti novels, set in Venice - more realistic & less formulaic.
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!
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