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Via delle Oche (Commissario De Luca #3)

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Murder in a brothel on a notorious street in the center of Bologna. Elections that will decide a nation's fate looming. A connection between the two? Perhaps. No wonder Commissario De Luca is off his food again!
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Europa Editions (first published April 26th 1996)
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Tony
Apr 02, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it
Lucarelli, Carlo. VIA DELLE OCHE. (1996; US-2009). ****. None of us Americans can possibly understand all of the political shenanigans that went on in Italy after the War, unless, of course, you earned your PhD studying that. The Italians seem to have a love for taking multiple opposing sides of the political spectrum. Consequently, much of the background of this novel – the third in the author’s De Luca Trilogy – will simply go right over your head. What does matter is that De Luca still confin ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
As soon as we walk in through the door we're thrown straight into the action, not even time for an expresso - this is a vibrant city after all. A man has been found dead in a brothel. It looks like suicide - it isn't, but that's an inconvenient truth... brooms sweeping things under the carpet comes to mind. More deaths follow. The pace varies. Sometimes leisurely as we stroll, other times we seem to be hanging around, waiting in dark cool hallways... at other times it feels fast, even rushed. Ye ...more
Erica
Jan 08, 2015 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un'indagine poliziesca che riporta il lettore indietro nella storia, in un'Italia appena uscita dalla guerra, con il suo passato ancora da digerire.
Interessante il ritmo scandito da titoli di giornale, come se la lettura fosse accompagnata da uno strillone pronto ad accoglierti all'angolo di ogni capitolo.
Particolare anche la figura del commissario De Luca, che pur di svelare la verità sembra andare incontro alle conseguenze del suo passato, che finora era riuscito ad evitare.
La lettura in de
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Kristine Brancolini
Sep 16, 2013 Kristine Brancolini rated it it was amazing
Via delle Oche is the third volume in Lucarelli's Commissario De Luca Trilogy, and my favorite of the three. Set in 1948 Bologna, Commissario De Luca has somehow escaped execution as a fascist in post-war Italy and now he's a detective in the vice squad. Despite being a member of the political police during the war, it's clear that De Luca has no clear political leanings. He's just trying to survive. And for now he has, but it's also clear that he's in danger from warring political factions in t ...more
Loraine
Mar 05, 2013 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 1948, post-war reconstruction has begun in Italy, and free elections are scheduled in July. Italian society is restive, as the post-war power base slips away from the fascists, collaborators, and partisans. The Communists, Monarchists, and Christian Democrats are battling for ascendency as the Marshall Plan unfolds.

Commissario De Luca shows up in Bologna, now a vice cop--a reduced rank for him. But he survived the end of the war. His days as a black shirt in Mussolini's political police h
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Margaret
Feb 06, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
Via delle Oche is the final installment of the DeLuca trilogy, we find our protagonist working again in an official police force. It's the vice squad, though, so DeLuca is out investigating violations of the Italian prostitution code. Brothels have to get new girls every 15 days and the transfers have to be supervised by the prisons. The windows of brothels have their street facing windows closed, among other somewhat apparently arbitrary regulations. These details are the results of well resear ...more
LJ
VIA DELLE OCHE (Pol. Proc-Comm. De Luca-Italy-1948) - VG
Lucarelli, Carlo – 3rd of Trilogy
Europa editions, 2008, US Trade paperback – ISBN: 9781933372532

First Sentence: From the wall a giant Cossack was watching him with a fierce look in his eyes, a bearskin adorned with the red star on his head, and a bayonet between his teeth, one eye deformed by an air bubble trapped beneath the paper.

It’s 1948, Italy is recovering after the way and Comm. De Luca is a cop assigned to vice in Bologna. Within da
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charta
Jan 09, 2011 charta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Via delle Oche

5 persone lo trovano di aiuto
Chi nasce quatro...
tunno non po' morì. More quadrato, recita un detto antico.
De Luca è nato poliziotto, di quelli che credono nella legge - come sinonimo di giustizia e punizione dei colpevoli.
Si imbatterà in altri che praticano l'italianità più gretta e meschina: l'arte del compromesso e del tutto scorre (non presocratico!).
Non c'è possibilità di incontro e nemmeno di scontro.
La storia si dipana con linearità, senza intoppi, abbiamo suspance e colpevo
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MV
Nov 26, 2009 MV rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew he was saving the best for last.

This book was really neat. The second installment had two crimes that were related, but this one had a myriad of offenses & murders related. It also gave us more history, & footnotes. Oh, how I adore footnotes.

The action was there, but better this time. I could see things happening, even in the most simple of descriptions. We learned a bit more about the protagonist, even if it was just a tidbit such as he has a nervous habit of biting the inside
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Rob Kitchin
Aug 07, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Via Delle Oche is a short book (133 pages), but unlike the previous two in the trilogy, I didn’t feel the story was so under-developed, although it could have benefited from some fleshing out in places. De Luca is a complex, conflicted character and the story captures the atmosphere, politics and corruption of a country in turmoil. I am particularly taken with Lucarelli’s storytelling which focuses on what the characters say and do, with little thick description or the use of metaphors or simile ...more
Johnrh
May 14, 2011 Johnrh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the DeLuca Trilogy. Did I say book two concluded with a nice segue to book three? Guess I should have read book three first, because it picks up 3 years later and says nothing to resolve the ending of book two. Police Commissario DeLuca continues as the most frustrated homicide investigator in post-WWII Italy. The novelette is nicely translated from Italian. I recommend it, to finish the series, though DeLuca’s foibles and peccadilloes are somewhat formulaic by this time.
Procyon Lotor
De Luca III (o quattro se si conta indagine non autorizzata) � il dopoguerra e ovviamente cambiano i poteri ma meno velocemente dell'Italia e soprattutto le necessit� d'epurazione cedono di fronte a quelle di mantenimento dell'ordine. De Luca torna epurato e depurato e reintegrato a Bologna per scoprire che "E voglia 'e metter rum, chi nasce strunz nun po' addivint� babb�" che non � - come potrete dedurre - un tipico proverbio bolognese ma una grande verit� italiana rimane.
incipit mania
Incipit

“DE GASPERI INTERVISTATO: CERTEZZE DI OGGI, SPERANZE DI DOMANI”...
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Sherry Schwabacher
Jan 18, 2013 Sherry Schwabacher rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-foreign
I did not enjoy this DeLuca outing. Lucarelli got bogged down in all the names, various political parties... I liked the first two novels, but don't bother with this one.
Clewis53
Jan 24, 2011 Clewis53 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Luca is as melancholy as Guido Brunetti, but Leon's books have many more redeeming characteristics.
Mikee
The end of the De Luca trilogy. Powerful. Cold. Not a sympathetic character but the forces of evil are strong, yet banal. And faceless. And deadly.
Colleen
May 29, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intersting setting - post-WWII Italy. Goes on my to-read-more-of list.
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Lucarelli was born at Parma, the son of a physician. He was interested in literature and theatre when he was young, and studied Literature and History. Nowadays he lives in Mordano near Bologna.

Already in his years of study, during his research for his thesis subject he got in touch with the material for his first two books, which take place during the time of fascism and the years immediately aft
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