The Deliverance of Evil (Commissario Balistreri Trilogy) Hardcover – 28 Mar 2013
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'[A] sprawling tale of personal and political corruption, expediency and revenge' Guardian. (Guardian)
'A remarkably dark thriller ... The author combines the plotting and pace of international crime with the poise and prowess of literary fiction, striating the narrative with topical political insight' ShotsMag. (ShotsMag)
'An ambitious book in which the corruption of the state, the police, business and the remnants of the aristocracy [...] are implicated in an effort to relate individual experience to the condition of the nation' Times Literary Supplement. (Times Literary Supplement)
'Compelling drama ... The gripping strength of the novel lies in its passionate portrayal of a corrupt and criminal Italy, from seedy traffickers to the Vatican' The Times. (The Times)
'Costantini pushes all the right buttons' Seven magazine. (Seven magazine)
'One of those rare novels that brings together the best elements of literature ... and a nonstop thriller that drives readers relentlessly from first page to last' Jeffery Deaver. (Jeffery Deaver)
'Sprawling, violent and beset by a tortured morality, this is a compelling vision of modern Italy' Mail on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)
'Utterly compelling' Peter May. (Peter May)
A relentless killer scars Rome for two decades, leaving its unique signature on its victims and pursuers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I think the plotting is ingenious and well thought out, if a little long, with many clever twists although not all are believable. I'm unsure about the characterisation. I thought the minor characters were well drawn and believable but I found the main characters and their motivations difficult to understand and relate to. To sum up: I found the picture of modern day Italy fascinating and credible, the 2006 events intriguing enough to want to know whodunit but it requires a massive suspension of disbelief to accept some aspects of the plot and some of the characters' actions.
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