By My Hand : The Christmas of Commissario Ricciardi
Overview - As Naples prepares for its holiday celebrations, behind the facade of order and happiness imposed by the fascist regime, lurks terrible poverty and blinding desperation. In a luxurious apartment on the Mergellina beach the bodies of a fascist militia officer and his wife have been found. Read more...
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More About By My Hand by Maurizio De Giovanni; Antony Shugaar
As Naples prepares for its holiday celebrations, behind the facade of order and happiness imposed by the fascist regime, lurks terrible poverty and blinding desperation. In a luxurious apartment on the Mergellina beach the bodies of a fascist militia officer and his wife have been found. The woman has had her throat cut while the man has been stabbed over sixty times. Seemingly, the hands of two separate killers have been at work. A statuette of San Giuseppe, patron saint of workers, lies in pieces on the floor. At the scene of the crime, Ricciardi, who has the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death, listens to the enigmatic last words of the couple. Accompanied by his faithful partner Brigadier Raffaele Maione, and once more troubled by two women who compete for his attentions, the Commissario will have to trace a wide and frenetic arc through the streets of Naples in order to uncover the truth.
- ISBN-13: 9781609452063
- ISBN-10: 1609452062
- Publisher: Europa Editions Inc
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 350
- Dimensions: 1.25 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.96 pounds
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The refreshing lack of cynicism of de Giovanni's two lead detectives, Brigadier Raffaele Maione and Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, distinguishes the quietly enjoyable fifth Commissario Ricciardi mystery set in 1930s Naples (after Day of the Dead). When a fascist militia officer, Capt. Emanuele Garofalo, and his wife, Costanza, are murdered in their apartment a few days before Christmas, Ricciardi and Maione go searching for a cold-blooded killer. Instead, they find three sympathetic suspects: Antonio Lumunno, whose wife committed suicide after Emanuele falsely accused him of corruption, and Aristide and Angelina Boccia, whom Emanuele extorted while their child died from lack of funds to pay a doctor. The detectives, meanwhile, face their own ethical conundrums. Raffaele discovers the identity of his son's murderer, but lacks the evidence to bring the man to justice, while Ricciardi tries to avoid succumbing to the charms of the Livia Lucani, a woman he desires but does not love. The engaging characters and melancholy atmosphere more than make up for the conventional plot and often choppy, awkward prose. (Aug.)