1st Floor Show me where

MYSTERY/Degiovan Maurizio
1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
1st Floor MYSTERY/Degiovan Maurizio Checked In
Subjects
Genres
Noir fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Europa Editions 2013.
Language
English
Italian
Item Description
"World noir"--Cover.
Physical Description
278 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781609451196
1609451198
Main Author
Maurizio De Giovanni, 1958- (-)
Other Authors
Antony Shugaar (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, wrongfully accused of passing information to the Mafia in Sicily, has been banished to Naples. He's miserable. His wife believes the accusation, his teenage daughter won't speak to him, and, despite his formidable investigative skills, he is given no duties. He sits playing cards against his office computer. That changes when a teenager is murdered, and frenzied Naples' journalists dub the killer The Crocodile. A driven young female prosecutor who oversees the investigation unexpectedly puts Lojacono in charge. Two more identical murders occur, and the only thing the victims have in common is having been raised by dedicated, loving, single parents. Through his characters, de Giovanni—who lives in Naples—portrays a grimy, crowded, crumbling metropolis filled with people who steadfastly avoid engagement with the city; Lojacono's understanding of his "invisible" quarry largely springs from his own estrangement from Naples. All the primary characters are lovelorn, and each gets her or his own aria in what comes to feel like a noir opera. The Crocodile offers an elegant narrative and vividly rendered characters. It's genuinely seductive. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

An unknown killer assassinates three young people in Naples. There is no apparent connection among them, but at the site of each murder a paper tissue is found with the murderer's tears on it. The newspapers dub the unknown killer "the Crocodile" because he sheds false tears over his victim and, like the beast, waits silently for his victim to appear before he pounces. The man assigned to catch him, Insp. Giuseppe Lojacono, is a disgraced detective. Wrongfully accused of collusion with the Mafia, he has lost his career and his family. The papers suspect that these are mob killings, but Lojacono thinks otherwise. This is his chance to redeem himself. VERDICT Another quality noir thriller from Europa. [Page 90]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

De Giovanni (I Will Have Vengeance) manages to conjure up the terrifying darkness at the heart of a serial killer in this chilling procedural. A mob informant's false accusation of corruption against Sicilian Insp. Giuseppe Lojacono not only derails a promising career but destroys his relationship with his wife and daughter. Exiled to Naples, to a police station "in the flabby belly of a city that was decomposing," Lojacono spends his working days playing computer poker. He gets a chance to exercise his dormant gray cells when a gunman kills a 16-year-old boy, and the detective, one of the first on the scene, notices that the killer left behind some used tissues. Still, he's shunted to the sidelines, until another death follows, and his theory that this death isn't related to organized crime attracts the interest of the investigating prosecutor. Descriptions of the police probe alternate with sections written from the murderer's viewpoint, effectively heightening the suspense, and the ending doesn't pull any punches. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Given a second chance and a shot at clearing his name, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, who has been accused of leaking sensitive information to the mob, arrives in Naples, at the behest of a beautiful magistrate, to catch a serial killer called "The Crocodile." Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Given a second chance and a shot at clearing his name, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, who has been accused of leaking sensitive information to the mob, arrives in Naples to catch a serial killer called "The Crocodile."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This is Naples as you’ve never seen it before. A chaotic, shadowy city full of ominous echoes and dark alleyways where each inhabitant seems too absorbed by his or her own problems to give a damn about anybody else. And that is exactly what makes it possible for a cold, methodical killer to commit his atrocious crimes largely undisturbed, to merge with the crowd as if he were invisible. The newspapers call him “The Crocodile” because, like a crocodile, when he devours his own children, he cries. And like a crocodile he is a perfect killing machine: he waits and watches until his prey is within range, and then he strikes. Three young people with very diverse backgrounds have been found murdered in three different neighborhoods, each shot with a single bullet, execution style. While his colleagues see little or no connection, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, smells a rat. He is driven by his instincts and his own troubled recent history. He has just been transferred to Naples from Sicily where a Mafioso-turned-informant accused him of leaking sensitive information to the mob. Once an estimated member of the mobile unit of the Agrigento police force, Lojacono has lost everything, first and foremost the love of his wife and daughter. But now he’s been given a second chance and a shot at clearing his name. A young magistrate, the beautiful Laura Piras, wants him in Naples. She’s heard of his preternatural skills and his incredible powers of observation and she thinks a man like him is needed in Naples. So it is that Inspector Lojacono is charged with finding the link between the three dead bodies. At the root of these murders, he will discover, is a pain that still burns, a sense of guilt than cannot be purged, and one all-consuming love.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The author of the Commissario Ricciardi series “manages to conjure up the terrifying darkness at the heart of a serial killer in this chilling procedural” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The chaotic, shadowy city of Naples proves the perfect hunting ground for a killer dubbed “The Crocodile” by the press. Like a crocodile, when he devours his own children, he cries. And like a crocodile he is a perfect killing machine: He waits and watches until his prey is within range, and then he strikes.Three young people with very diverse backgrounds have been found murdered in three different neighborhoods, each shot with a single bullet, execution style. While his colleagues see little or no connection, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, smells a rat. Once an esteemed member of the mobile unit of the Agrigento police force, Lojacono was accused of leaking sensitive information to the mob and has now lost everything—first and foremost the love of his wife and daughter. But now he’s been given a second chance and a shot at clearing his name. A young magistrate has heard of his preternatural skills and his incredible powers of observation and she thinks a man like him is needed in Naples. So it is that Inspector Lojacono is charged with finding the link between the three dead bodies. At the root of these murders, he will discover, is a pain that still burns, a sense of guilt than cannot be purged, and one all-consuming love.

“A wonderfully suspenseful novel in which de Giovanni restores life to the cliché of the world-weary detective.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Offers an elegant narrative and vividly rendered characters. It’s genuinely seductive.” —Booklist