Inspector Bordelli investigates the death of a notorious loan shark, who was found with a pair of scissors through his throat in this new mystery from the author of Death in August, and Death in the Olive Grove. - (Baker & Taylor)
Inspector Bordelli investigates the death of a notorious loan shark, who was found in Florence with a pair of scissors through his throat, while back in Sardinia, Bordelli's young sidekick Piras has a mysterious death of his own to deal with. - (Baker & Taylor)
The new crime novel in the increasingly popular mystery series featuring Italian Detective Inspector Bordelli, “a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget.” (Andrea Camilleri) - (WW Norton)
Florence, 1965. A man is found murdered, a pair of scissors stuck through his throat. Only one thing is known about him—he was a loan shark, who ruined and blackmailed the vulnerable men and women who would come to him for help.Inspector Bordelli prepares to launch a murder investigation. But the case will be a tough one for him, arousing mixed emotions: the desire for justice conflicting with a deep hostility for the victim. And he is missing his young police sidekick, Piras, who is convalescing at his parents' home in Sardinia.But Piras hasn't been recuperating for long before he, too, has a mysterious death to death with . . . - (WW Norton)
Sometimes Inspector Bordelli of the Florence, Italy, police, circa 1965, can come off as a very one-note character. He's depressed, he wanders around, he works on solving a murder, and everything is presented with the same overly detailed, melancholic gloss. Even Florence in this series, now in its third installment, is deprived of its glow. The reader will only travel through the dark streets here. The death that Bordelli investigates is that of a pawnbroker stabbed in the throat with a pair of scissors. The killer was looking for something, apparently. The main intrigue in this mystery centers on what that was. Bordelli's sidekick, young policeman Piras, is recovering from an injury in Sardinia, and encounters murder there, as well. Plodding but interesting in flashbacks. Recommend this one only to those with an insatiable appetite for Italian crime fiction. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
As Christmas 1965 nears, Florence's Insp. Franco Bordelli is investigating the murder of a loan shark, who was killed in his own apartment. After finding damning photos and promissory notes, Bordelli systematically visits those who were beholden to the man, narrowing the suspect list. Meanwhile, back on the island of Sardinia, Bordelli's young assistant, Pietrino Piras, is recuperating from work-related injuries. Piras's interest is piqued when a neighbor is an apparent suicide; sure enough, Piras is correct in thinking it's homicide. Through telephone calls, Bordelli assists Piras, but it's the young cop's observational skills that finally trap a vicious killer who is also guilty of World War II atrocities. In Florence, Bordelli broods about aging and guilt. VERDICT Vichi's series, now at number four here (after Death in Florence) is immensely readable. The author's use of flashbacks, while important to character development, slows the story down, but Vichi is making a case for the strong contrast in generations, circa 1965. Crank up the Ennio Morricone and enjoy a leisurely and reflective read. Stephen Sartarelli, who also translates Andrea Camilleri's books, provides notes.
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