They've made a fresh start at the Pizzofalcone precinct of Naples. They fired every member of the investigative branch after they were found guilty of corruption. Read more...
They've made a fresh start at the Pizzofalcone precinct of Naples. They fired every member of the investigative branch after they were found guilty of corruption. Now, there's a group of detectives, a new commissario, and a new superintendent. The new cops immediately find themselves investigating a high-profile murder that has the whole town on edge.
Heading the investigation is Inspector Lojacono, known as "the Chinaman," a cop with a checkered past who is currently riding a reputation as a crack investigator after having captured a serial killer known as "The Crocodile." Lojacono's partner is Aragona, who wants to be known as "Serpico," but the name doesn't stick. Luigi Palma, a.k.a. "Gigi," is the Commissario, Francesco Romano, known as "Hulk," is the slightly self-deluded lieutenant. Lojacono, Aragona, Palma, and Romano are joined by a cast of cops portrayed by bestselling author Maurizio de Giovanni with depth and intimate knowledge of the close-knit world of police investigators.
De Giovanni is one of the most dexterous and successful writers of crime fiction currently working in Europe. His award-winning and bestselling novels, all set in Naples, offer a brilliant vision of the criminal underworld and the lives of the cops in Europe's most fabled, atmospheric, dangerous, and lustful city.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-01
- Reviewer: Staff
In de Giovanni’s engrossing sequel to 2013’s The Crocodile, a band of miscreant detectives with blemishes on their records are transferred from various Naples precincts to the city’s Pizzofalcone region, to replace four corrupt cops. Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono—one of the “Bastards of Pizzofalcone,” as the locals come to call the newcomers—was falsely accused of passing information to the Mafia because colleagues were jealous of the notoriety he achieved for solving the murder of four children in The Crocodile. When Cecilia De Santis, a philanthropist and a nursery school volunteer, is found bludgeoned to death in her apartment with a snow globe from her collection, the rogue detectives led by Lojacono have a chance to redeem the reputation of themselves and the precinct. Despite the lack of clues at the crime scene, Lojacono develops a number of possible suspects. Colorful, fully drawn characters and several intriguing subplots help propel the plot to a satisfying resolution. (Apr.)