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Game for Five
     

Game for Five

by Marco Malvaldi
 

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At the Bar Lume, in a small coastal resort near Livorno, between shots of espresso and hands of cards, four old-timers and Massimo, the barman, wile away the time chatting, arguing, and theorizing about the murder of a young woman in their town.
 
The girl’s body was found in a dumpster bin on the edge of town. The victim’s now notoriously

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At the Bar Lume, in a small coastal resort near Livorno, between shots of espresso and hands of cards, four old-timers and Massimo, the barman, wile away the time chatting, arguing, and theorizing about the murder of a young woman in their town.
 
The girl’s body was found in a dumpster bin on the edge of town. The victim’s now notoriously licentious lifestyle has everyone thinking that her death had something to do with the world of drug trafficking and dangerous sex that she inhabited. The prime suspects in the case are two of the girl’s nightlife associates. But out of love of gossip and just to pass the time, the group of old friends at the Bar Lume begin to pull the case to pieces, forcing the Barman Massimo into the role of amateur sleuth.
 
Here is a victory for pensioners! The four old-timers analyze the crime and the suspects, contextualizing both, and in the process put a comic spin on their often narrow-minded neighbors. From this “investigation,” in Malvadi’s lively and colorful prose, emerges a fascinating picture of life in a small town that, for all its faults, stubbornly resists the devastation of mindless global tourism.

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Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
In this enjoyable series debut, Malvaldi beckons readers into Bar Lume, the terrain of barman Massimo Viviani in the coastal resort town of Pineta near Pisa. The bar is where everything happens, especially gossip, among Massimo and a coterie of arguing, card-playing pensioners. It's where Massimo refuses to serve hot cappuccino on sweltering days and where one morning a stranger reports a girl's body in a nearby trashcan. Massimo notifies the police, meets Inspector Fusco and Dr. Carli at the scene, and is immediately engrossed. Fusco, thought by some to be a fool, clearly needs Massimo's keen observations. The victim's friend Giada, Dr. Carli, and staff from the neighboring disco all drop by the bar, providing fodder for the amateur sleuthing of Massimo and the pensioners. These folks are sometimes tough to distinguish. And Massimo can use rounding out, but his smart, analytical self proves a promising hero. And it's he, who in timeless fashion, assembles the regulars at the end to explain how he pinpointed the killer. For once, they're all ears. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Readers will see themselves reflected in this portrayal of the provinces, the small towns, those regular haunts that we visit every day—the same bar, the same cafe. Readers recognize themselves, and it's reassuring."—Andrea Camilleri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609452193
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
353,187
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Readers will see themselves reflected in this portrayal of the provinces, the small towns, those regular haunts that we visit every day—the same bar, the same cafe. Readers recognize themselves, and it's reassuring."—Andrea Camilleri

Meet the Author

Marco Malvaldi was born in Pisa in 1974. Game for Five is the first in the Bar Lume series, featuring Massimo the Barman and the four elderly sleuths. He is the winner of both the Isola d’Elba Award and the Castiglioncello Prize for his crime novels.

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