Eschewing the whodunit format, Lucarelli uses a triptych of first-person narrators: the detective, the witness, and the murderer. The detective, Inspettore Grazia Negro, is a hard-boiled noir type whose resolve might make Sam Spade feel nervous. She is also the only woman in the homicide unit, which is housed, ironically, in an archaic disused monastery. A serial killer is on the loose, but the witnesses claim to have seen what appears to be a collection of different people.
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Shelves: beat-the-backlist , uno-claire , claire-with-cloack-and-dagger , reading I was not very impressed by the book. I found it often too far fetched, unnecessary complicated and sometimes lacking a good pace. They are more about politics than murder, so I was surprised by Almost Blue, which features some very gruesome murders. Set in modern Bologna, this book focuses on a someone who is killing students at the University of Bologna. A young female detective named Grazia Negro is on the case.
As the corpses pile up in Bologna, the result of a serial killer, Simone realizes that he has heard the murderer speak to one of his victims. He contacts Grazia Negro and together they track a murderer. In the meantime, they also fall in love. Low and warm. Violet, with red highlights. Blue is good. Green is bad. It sidles up to the distorted bass playing in the background, pushing it back like a flap of skin.
His voice is green because it has no color Pretty soon the guy with the green voice finds out about Simone and goes looking for him. I was freaking out. The murderer is a very scary guy and the mystery has many layers and convolutions. I was surprised by the narrative complexity. The murder was called The Chameleon, because the assumed the identity, the appearance, of his last victim.
Very weird. Hello, is Europa Editions listening? These books need to be translated into English! From the blurb: A serial killer is terrorising the people of Bologna and rookie Detective Inspector Grazia Negro is determined to solve the case. She only has one witness who can identify the killer and he is blind. Simone spends his days listening to Chet Baker and scanning the radio waves of the city, eavesdropping on other peoples lives.
She only has one witness who can identify the killer — and he is blind. Together Simone and Negro are the only people able to stop him. I seem to be having a bout of the DNFs at the moment.
Maybe I am just getting more ruthless with my reading. Grazia is a great lead investigator although why why why the author chose to make her pre-menstrual is beyond me, did he want to ramp up the blood quotient even further? What made me put this book down was the incredibly short chapters, switching back and forth from Grazia to the killer to Simone.
Anyway it was too jumpy and I got fed up.
Stile libero", Einaudii, pp. Un assassino si reincarna nelle sue vittime, e corre per le strade con le orecchie colme di rock metallico. Un thriller nervoso e impeccabile dal quale Alex Infascelli ha tratto il proprio film omonimo. Chet Baker.