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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cold For The Bastards of Pizzofalcone

Book 3 in de Giovanni’s bestselling “Bastards of Pizzofalcone” series is set in contemporary Naples during season of cold winds, political hijinks, and murder.
A heinous, double murder in a squalid apartment on the wrong side of town pits Inspector Lojacono, Di Nardo and the rest of the motley collection of cops known as the “bastards” of the Pizzofalcone precinct against their superiors, the press, and the local political hierarchy. Only by bringing the killer to justice can they save their reputations and the department.
De Giovanni is one of the most versatile, prolific, and successful Eurpean mystery in Europe. His award-winning and bestselling novels, all set in Naples, offer a brilliant vision of the criminal underworld and the lives of the cops in Europe's most fabled, atmospheric, dangerous, and lustful city.

Cold For The Bastards of Pizzofalcone (Police Procedural)
By Maurizio de Giovanni
Europa Editions
ISBN #978-1609455255
352 Pages
Price $18.00 (Paperback)
Price $8.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

“Topnotch Writing & 3-Dimensional Characters”

The police station at Pizzofalcone was shut down after their officers were caught selling drugs instead of doing police work. A new team of officers have been selected, some from the original force not connected with the drugs, and others from the surrounding area. There are already two marks against them. The old curse still haunts the new team, plus each have their own crosses to bear. Headquarters would love to shut the new team down, while the men and women of the new Pizzofalcone wants to prove they are honest cops and good investigators. A brother and sister are murdered. The sister has a violent boyfriend, plus their father was just released from prison after beating a man to death. These are the main suspects, though others pop up through the investigation. A second case involves what at first looks like parental sexual abuse. Two cases that are critical, and must be solved fast.

It’s the characters that drive the story, and the reader is pulled into the case from the start and glued to each step of the investigation. The writing is superb, as Giovanni’s stories always are. These are the best stories coming out of Europe, and Maurizio de Giovanni is my favorite writer of police procedural and murder mysteries from anywhere in the world. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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