Death in August

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A new crime series full of Italian flavor—the first novel in the Inspector Bordelli series, set in 1960s Florence.Florence, summer 1963. Inspector Bordelli is one of the few policemen left in the deserted city. He spends his days on routine work and his nights tormented by the heat and mosquitoes.Suddenly one night, a telephone call gives him a new sense of purpose: the suspected death of a wealthy signora. Bordelli rushes to her hilltop villa and picks the locks. The old woman is lying on her bed—apparently ...
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A new crime series full of Italian flavor—the first novel in the Inspector Bordelli series, set in 1960s Florence.Florence, summer 1963. Inspector Bordelli is one of the few policemen left in the deserted city. He spends his days on routine work and his nights tormented by the heat and mosquitoes.Suddenly one night, a telephone call gives him a new sense of purpose: the suspected death of a wealthy signora. Bordelli rushes to her hilltop villa and picks the locks. The old woman is lying on her bed—apparently killed by an asthma attack, though her medicine has been left untouched.With the help of his young protégé, the victim’s eccentric brother, and a semi-retired petty thief, the inspector begins a murder investigation. Each suspect has a solid alibi, but there is something that doesn't quite add up . . .
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“Three cheers for an absolute delight! The strength of the novel is the in-depth portrayal of the characters, particularly Bordelli himself—eccentric, obstinate, generous, and sad. The descriptions of the sounds and smells of the Tuscan summer are so vivid that you think they are real. The food is to die for. I can’t wait to read the next one.”

“Fuses social commentary with fine cuisine and serves it up on a charming bed of criminality, and is a creditable advert for Italian crime fiction. Definitely one to savour.”

Andrea Camilleri
“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.”
Maxim Jakubowski
“Features 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.”
Kirkus Reviews
A first American appearance for a shrewd, worldly Florentine police inspector with some appealingly unexpected affinities. Florence, 1963. Maria Dolci is somehow convinced that Signora Rebecca Pedretti-Strassen, to whom Maria acts as full-time companion, doesn't answer her door because she's dead inside, murdered. Sure enough, when Inspector Bordelli quietly breaks into the Villa Pedretti-Strassen, he finds its mistress inside, just as dead as her companion feared. Although it's clear that the signora died of an asthma attack, Bordelli is equally inclined to follow Maria's lead in considering this a case of murder. The obvious suspects, according to the victim's brother, antic inventor Dante Pedretti, are her nephews, Anselmo and Giulio Morozzi, who have no idea that their aunt has left her considerable fortune to the Sisters of Monte Frassineto. Both brothers, however, offer an unbreakable alibi: They were out late, dining and drinking with their wives, on the night of their aunt's death. Relegating the job of building a logical case against them to his new subordinate Piras, a bright young man from Sardinia whose father served with Bordelli during the war, Bordelli focuses instead on what he does best: eating, drinking, showing up his superiors, palling around with the city's ex-cons and lowlifes, recalling his experiences in the war and the time he lost his virginity, and preparing for a climactic dinner in which his old friend Ennio Bottarini, who happens to be both a burglar and a born cook, prepares a meal for the major suspects and whomever else Bordelli has run into. Forget the ingenious, disposable mystery. Reading Vichi is like vacationing with friends who've lived in Florence all their lives, know how to enjoy all the high and low spots, and solve murders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444712209
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011

Meet the Author

Marco Vichi'snovel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti, and Camaiore prizes. His novelsDeath in August and Death and the Olive Grove are available from Pegasus Crime.
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