The author is Italian and lives in the far north east of the country at the foot of the Alps. She has an economics degree, likes to paint, and writes freelance for a small independent publisher.
After penning a prize-winning short in 2014, she set to work on this, her first novel, which topped the best-seller lists in Italy last year.
Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is a sixty-something woman with a background in criminal profiling, a crusty disposition, and a collection of personal baggage, as is mandatory for a fictional detective. What’s unusual is that drinking, gambling, and illicit drugs do not feature on here problem list.
Someone gets snuffed in gruesome fashion, a psycho lurks, our hero investigates, gives her offsiders the shits, yada, yada. People drink beer not wine and nary a mention of mozzarella or parmesan. Basically, it’s Nordic noir transposed south, but at altitude so it’s just as cold.
What lifts this above the pack is Ms Ilaria’s deft portrait of an older woman alone in the world whose job is everything to her, and the idiosyncratic baggage that threatens her existence. This is the first in a planned series of three. I’m looking forward to more of Det Battaglia.
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: W&N; 1 edition (7 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1474609570
- ISBN-13: 978-1474609579
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.8 x 23.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews