Top positive review
on 7 January 2015
As soon as we walk in through the door we're thrown straight into the action, not even time for an expresso - this is a vibrant city after all. A man has been found dead in a brothel. It looks like suicide - it isn't, but that's an inconvenient truth... brooms sweeping things under the carpet comes to mind. More deaths follow. The pace varies. Sometimes leisurely as we stroll, other times we seem to be hanging around, waiting in dark cool hallways... at other times it feels fast, even rushed. Yet whatever the pace you feel as if you're wading through treacle. Frustration pervades the atmosphere. Corruption and politics at a time when everything is in flux; the war is over and Italy is on the brink of revolution. Everything is up in the air.
De Luca acts as a calming force throughout. He is an island of integrity in a sea of intrigue, arrogance and manipulation. He knows what he's doing, he's no political appointment... yet one constantly feels the ulcer eating away at him, churning his stomach; the frustration is a cancer.
This series, the De Luca trilogy, is masterful. It is superbly written and the translator, Michael Reynolds deserves high praise for making Carlo Lucarelli's wonderful prose available to us. My one criticism, the one disappointment, is that some simple grammatical and spelling errors have crept into this final part of this edition; irritating and distracting.
But the series - read this trilogy. It is superb!