This was my first Carlo Lucarelli and I read it in Sicily. As a fan of gialli - Italian crime fiction - this came as quite a surprise. There was none of the world weary cynicism, stoicism, and irony of Ispettore Montalbani or Commisario Brunetti. This was an intensely personal and psychological thriller more akin to Americal noir, and James Elroy in particular. The initial protagonist has much in common with the wheelchair bound photographer in Hitchcock's film Rear Window, except that in this case the witness is a blind boy who eavesdrops on conversations he hears when scanning the radio waves. The characters are brilliantly drawn - especially the young man Simone, Ispettore Gracia Negro, and the perpetrator who we meet only through fragments of his thoughts and the consequences of his actions. The ending has a brilliant twist and I have no intention of spoiling it for you. At ony 169 pages in length it is a quick read - but one that will stay with you for some time.