In the middle of a summer heat wave, as Naples prepares for one of its most important holy days, a renowned surgeon falls to his death from the window of his office. For Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione it is the beginning of an investigation that will bring them into contact with the most torrid, conflicting and enduring of human passions. In the world Ricciardi and Maione are about to enter, infidelity appears inextricable from the most joyful expressions of love, and, this interdependence sows doubt and uncertainty in both men, compromising their own attempts at love.
Ricciardi is one of the most intriguing and unique figures to appear in crime fiction in recent years. He possesses the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death. This ability makes him an unusually effective investigator but plagues him and renders human relationships almost impossible. He is a classic noir hero and the cursed son of a city that, for all its Mediterranean splendor, is a perfect noir city.
In this new installment in the Commissario Ricciardi series, Maurizio de Giovanni creates a large cast of unforgettable characters and a compelling, suspenseful plot that demonstrates once more why he is considered one of the best crime writers working today.
About the Author
Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of five previous books in the Commissario Ricciardi series, I Will Have Vengeance, Blood Curse, Everyone in their Place, Day of the Dead, By My Hand, Viper, and the contemporary Neapolitan thriller, The Crocodile.
"A richly textured story whose murder is nothing more than the point of entry."
"A searing look at the tortured soul of the lead makes this entry especially memorable."
—Publisher's Weekly (Starred review)
“This congenital affliction makes Ricciardi a convincingly troubled detective rather than a noir cliché. And here, as in the preceding novels, de Giovanni wisely keeps mysticism in check as he deepens the mystery at the novel’s core.”—The Barnes & Nobles Review