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The Marshal's Own Case (Marshal Guarnaccia Series #7)

The Marshal's Own Case (Marshal Guarnaccia Series #7)

by Magdalen Nabb
     
 

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The seventh Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation

For the first time, Marshal Guarnaccia is assigned to be lead on a murder investigation. When the dismembered body of a beautiful woman turns out to be that of a transsexual prostitute, the marshal must leave his snug home near the Pitti Palace for the shadowy underworld of Florence’s sex trade. Another

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The seventh Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation

For the first time, Marshal Guarnaccia is assigned to be lead on a murder investigation. When the dismembered body of a beautiful woman turns out to be that of a transsexual prostitute, the marshal must leave his snug home near the Pitti Palace for the shadowy underworld of Florence’s sex trade. Another transsexual is then arrested for the murder, but the marshal is convinced the Carabinieri have made a mistake. Can he find proof before the man he believes to be innocent is confined to life in prison?

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Praise for The Marshal's Own Case

“Like Simenon’s Inspector Maigret, [Marshal Guarnaccia] impresses us as a watchful, thoughtful man who is wise enough to learn from whatever he sees of human nature . . . [Nabb] writes compassionately on the subject of alienated parents and children and reveals yet another facet of her complex hero.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A nonsensationalist’s view of Florence’s sexual buyers and sellers, with Nabb’s usual Maigret-like touches, clear-headedness, and simple plotting.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Nabb offers a distinctly foreign flavor, approachable protagonist, and offbeat list of colorful characters.”
Library Journal

“Among the genre’s most appealing cops.”
Booklist

Praise for Magdalen Nabb

"It takes a writer as good as Magdalen Nabb to remind us how subtle the art of the mystery can be."
The New York Times

"The late Magdalen Nabb never wrote a bad book . . . She’s well worth discovering by a new generation of readers."
—The Globe and Mail

“It is so good to walk with [Magdalen Nabb] through the animated streets of Florence, with its carabinieri, its ordinary people, its little trattorie and even its noisy tourists. It's all so alive, you can hear the noises, smell the smells, see that morning mist on the fast flowing Arno . . . Bravissimo!”
—Georges Simenon

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The lore and mystique of male transvestite lifestyles in Florence--wigs, silicone implants, makeup, gowns and, notably, confusions of gender in ``a culture dominated by men''--provide the interest in this competent mystery by the author of The Marshal and the Madwoman. As the novel opens, home-loving Marshal Guarnaccia, wife Teresa and small sons Toto and Giovanni, shopping for school supplies, rescue a lost child. Next, elderly Signora Fossi reports her missing adult son. Before long, grisly remains of the corpse of ``Lulu'' are found on a grassy riverbank. The Marshal takes the case that no one wants, a situation underscoring the novel's theme of unloved and troubled children. When Totoo is caught shoplifting a sweater, the problem of discontented youth hits close to the Guarnaccia home. Police interviews with men calling themselves Carla and Peppina afford sociological insights in a tale that proves more sobering than entertaining. (July)
Library Journal
Marshal Salva Guarnaccia, featured in six previous outings, finds himself saddled with the case of a beautiful (until murdered and dismembered) transsexual prostitute. At first embarrassed and dismayed, the marshal nonetheless plods into the nether world of Florence to question Lulu's many enemies. His search finally centers on a mysterious ``patron'' of Lulu, nicknamed Nanny. Back home, meanwhile, troubles brew with the marshal's two young sons. Nabb offers a distinctly foreign flavor, approachable protagonist, and offbeat list of coloful characters. Recommended for most collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569475317
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Marshal Guarnaccia Series, #7
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
793,111
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire and trained as a potter. In 1975, she left her old life behind and moved with her son to Florence, where she fell in love with the local setting. Her Marshal Guarnaccia series, which has been translated into ten languages, was inspired by a real local marshal she befriended in the tiny pottery town of Montelupo Fiorentino. Nabb wrote children’s fiction and crime novels until her death in 2007.

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