This new instalment in Maurizio de Giovanni’s bestselling “Bastards of Pizzofalcone” series unfolds during the crisp beginning of April in contemporary Naples.
A baby is left abandoned beside a dumpster. A young Ukrainian maid fights torrents of greed and frustration with the world around her. Small animals begin to disappear off the streets. The task of solving these mysteries is entrusted to a team of policemen in which few believe: the Bastards of Pizzofalcone.
De Giovanni is one of Europe’s most renowned and versatile mystery writers. His award-winning and bestselling novels, all of which take place in Naples, engage readers in gripping tales of Europe’s most fabled, atmospheric, dangerous, and lustful city.
“De Giovanni’s work still surprises me, and yet I can now say that I know his style. The way he expresses feelings with a depth and introspection and his ability to find the perfect words for every situation is worthy of the best novelists.”—Rosy Volta, Contorni Di Noir
“In de Giovanni’s novels, the detective story is just a pretext for exploring society’s many facets. He illustrates that Naples is not only made up of camorra and mandolins, but also of the desire for commitment and redemption, for hidden beauty, and its capacity for hospitality and dignity.”—Elisabetta Bolondi, Solo Libri
Maurizio de Giovanni
Maurizio de Giovanni’s Commissario Ricciardi books are bestsellers across Europe, with sales of the series approaching 1 million copies. De Giovanni is also the author of the contemporary Neapolitan thriller, The Crocodile. He lives in Naples with his family.