Carte Blanche (Commissario De Luca #1)
"Carlo Lucarelli is the great promise of Italian crime writing."-La Stampa
April 1945, Italy. Commissario De Luca is heading up a dangerous investigation into the private lives of the rich and powerful during the frantic final days of the facist regime. The hierarchy has guaranteed De Luca their full cooperation, just so long as he arrests the "right" suspect. The house of...more
I am not a big reader of crime fiction and to some extent this reminded me why that is. Crime fiction is funda ...more
Europa editions, 2006, US Trade paperback – ISBN: 193337215X
First Sentence: The bomb exploded suddenly, with a ferocious blast, right as the funeral procession was crossing the street.
It is April 1945, the final days before the Allies move into Italy. Those in power are desperately trying to find a way to survive the coming days.
In the midst of this, Commissario De Luca has been given “carte blanc ...more
So it surprises even me to find a book that is too short. I wouldn't even call this a novella, it's much closer to a long short story. While I enjoyed the simple police procedural, it is set in such a rich historical time and place that the surface was only scratched of its potential ...more
Sinceramente mi as ...more
Una perfetta e scabrosa architettura psicologica: poliziotto impeccabile per fiuto ed intuizione, che si identifica nel ruolo di segugio.
Le forze dell'ordine devono solo cercare il colpevole: moventi ultimi, morale, giustizia interiore non hanno importanza.
Ma il protagonista soffre d'insonnia e inappetenza nervosa.
Si sfianca nell'azione perchè la staticità lo porterebbe a pensare.
(in un ...more
The innovation is in the setting. Just as Leonardo Sciasia managed to convey the essence of the mafia through a ...more
Commissario De Luca is the lead detective in the investigation of a murder that has major political implications, and the Commissario is caught in a web of forces that render him incapable of free will. He is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, whatever his option is at any given moment. The competing forces, whether partisan or gestapo or fascist, ma ...more
What moral compass does one follow? De Luca, the fictional police man, sees his job as preserving order and stability with out brutatlity. Wow. The real policeman on which the character rests, worked from 1940 until 1980.
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 ...more