• Title: Death and the Olive Grove
  • Author: Marco Vichi
  • Released: 2012-04-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • ISBN: 1444712241
  • ISBN13: 978-1444712247
  • ASIN: 1444712241
From Vichi’s Florence in the 1960s, as seen in his Inspector Bordelli series, feels like a tour through Dante’s Inferno—the city is still pockmarked from WWII, and the inhabitants of the neighborhoods Bordelli travels through are filled with gang members, ­prostitutes, petty thieves, smugglers, and, in the latest, a killer who is evil incarnate. Inspector Bordelli, himself a veteran still shaken by his experiences fighting for both Axis and Allies in the war, is melancholy and reflective, a perfect guide through this world. Here a string of sad discoveries starts when Bordelli’s friend Casimiro reports finding the body of a man in an olive grove outside Florence. Nothing is there when the inspector and Casimiro return to the scene. Then Casimiro goes missing and is found grotesquely slain. This is followed by a heart-stopping series of child kidnappings. Vichi weaves all these strands together into a complicated tale that keeps the suspense mounting, and his incorporation of his Italian father’s war stories into the text makes a wonderful addition to the novel. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to the edition.

Review 'A real find for anyone who likes their crime novels atmospheric, discursive, humorous and thought-provoking.' -- Guardian '[Italian] writers are justifiably growing in popularity here: Marco Vichi deserves to be among them ... [Bordelli] is stubborn, womanless, cynical and impatient, but strangely appealing.' -- Marcel Berlins, The Times With a love of food and drink, a fine sense of justice and a desire to help the underdog Bordelli is a likeable hero. This second book in the series is a delight -- www.shotsmag.co.uk Filled with interesting character sketches and the dirt of Italian street life DEATH AND THE OLIVE GROVE is a haunting and troubling crime story. -- Barry Forshaw, www.crimetime.co.uk 'Vichi's stellar first in a new mystery series introduces endearingly melancholic Inspector Bordelli ... [and] delivers a plausible solution worthy of a golden age crime novel. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this flawed hero.' -- Publishers Weekly, starred review on DEATH IN AUGUST 'When I first reviewed DEATH IN AUGUST by Marco Vichi back in June 2011 I knew before I'd finished reading the book that Hodder had a hit on their hands ... [they] have once again delivered an outstanding package combining an envious narrative, a colourful and multi-faceted detective and a cornucopia of Italian food to die for ... Magical and moreish' -- www.milorambles.com on DEATH AND THE OLIVE GROVE [The Inspector Bordelli books] feature a fascinating cop and disillusioned anti-hero who rails against both injustice and the corrupt system but faces classic murder cases with a familiar Christie-like ring -- Maxim Jakubowski 'Over the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget.' -- Andrea Camilleri

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