A little better than the first volume in the Commissario Ricciardi series, but not gripping. We find out more about the commissario's experience of seeing the dead (but only those who did not die naturally). His strange love affair with the woman across the street whom he has never met takes a new turn, and Ricciardi is sought after by a femme fatale from the first novel.
The characters sometimes seem as if they had been lifted from a Chandler novel and been transmuted to Italy--bizarre. They don't really develop, they just acqulre strange new features. (Ricciardi is constantly described as friendless but his brigadier, the medical examiner, the priest, his Tata Rosa, Livia, and the lady across the street all adore him.) The plot in this one is more complicated and subtle than first appears, but I wouldn't particularly recommend this series. The only reason to read more would be to find out what happens to the young lady across the street, and to the medical examiner, who is all too plainly marked for a negative encounter with Mussolini's partisans.
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio (21 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1721328661
- ISBN-13: 978-1721328666
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 99.8 g
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