THE CROCODILE. Winner 2012 Scerbanenco Prize for Best Crime Novel

New York: Europa Editions, (2013). First edition thus. Paperback. Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar. The author manages to conjure up the terrifying darkness at the heart of a serial killer in this chilling procedural. A mob informant's false accusation of corruption against Sicilian Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono not only derails a promising career but destroys his relationship with his wife and daughter. Exiled to Naples, to a police station "in the flabby belly of a city that was decomposing," Lojacono spends his working days playing computer poker. He gets a chance to exercise his dormant gray cells when a gunman kills a 16-year-old boy, and the detective, one of the first on the scene, notices that the killer left behind some used tissues. Still, he's shunted to the sidelines, until another death follows, and his theory that this death isn't related to organized crime attracts the interest of the investing prosecutor. Four sheets of promotional material laid in. 278pp. Perfect bound in the original illustrated wrappers. A fine copy. Item #14089
ISBN: 9781609451196

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