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Il senso del dolore: L'inverno del commissario Ricciardi (Commissario Ricciardi #1)

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Napoli, marzo 1931, mentre un inverno particolarmente rigido tiene la città stretta in una morsa di gelo, un assassinio scuote l'opinione pubblica per la ferocia con cui il crimine è perpetrato e per la notorietà del morto. Il grande tenore Arnaldo Vezzi viene trovato cadavere nel suo camerino al Teatro San Carlo prima della rappresentazione de "I Pagliacci", la gola squar ...more
Paperback, Fandango libri , 247 pages
Published 2007 by Fandango Libri
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Jeffrey Keeten
”He saw a man sitting on the ground holding both arms tightly around his stomach as if hugging himself. A yellowish foam bubbling with air oozed from his mouth. His eyes were glassy, Even from a distance like that, the Commissario could make out his words: I can’t live without you. I can’t live without you. I can’t live without you…. He poisoned himself, Ricciardi thought. Barbiturates, acid, bleach, Does anything ever change?

Commissario Ricciardi would have a more peaceful existence if people w
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Kristine Brancolini
I Will Have Vengeance is a near-perfect mystery novel. It is beautifully written -- at least it seems to be in this translation -- and meticulously plotted. There is nothing extraneous in either de Giovanni's writing style or the plot. But that's not to say that either is spare or stripped-down.

Unlike The Whisperer, which I just trashed for its lack of a clear setting (among other things), this book is completely opposite: it is set in magical Naples in 1931, March 25 to be exact. De Giovanni e
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John
First, I want to get out of the way that the "hook" for this series is that Ricciardi sees ghosts ... but only those who've died violently in all their gory-ness, never regular deaths - a minus for me. Moreover, he's one of the brooding types, who keeps his distance from everyone, including, I felt, the reader. Still, the murder itself kept me wondering who did it, and the secondary characters were quite well done. When the murderer finally describes the crime in detail, Ricciardi learns that th ...more
Rosalba
Così era il Fatto, la sua condanna: gli arrivava addosso come il fantasma di un cavallo in corsa, senza dargli il tempo di evitarlo; nessun avvertimento lo precedeva, nessuna sensazione fisica lo seguiva, se non il ricordo.

E’ sempre un piacere leggere un romanzo di Maurizio De Giovanni, non solo per la scrittura che è raffinata, ma anche per l’ambientazione napoletana, per i sentimenti che trasudano dalle pagine, per le atmosfere - quelle dell’epoca fascista - per i personaggi così capaci di tra
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AC
I'd been looking forward to reading this for several weeks but, in the event, I was disappointed. The book is well-written and seems professional and intelligent, and so promises that the remainder of the series could well be as good as many other readers seem to think they are. And I do plan to read them. But this one was rather flat -- and it's hard to put my finger on exactly why. Also, the conceit that Ricciardi can "see dead people" is, after all, a bit silly -- and hard to pull off, even t ...more
orsodimondo
I WILL HAVE VENGEANCE
Non sapevo che Maurizio De Giovanni fosse una star: ho visto gente riconoscerlo e fermarlo per strada, e alla presentazione dell’altra sera hanno dovuto aggiungere sedie, la folla era stipata, e piena di gente di cinema e dell’editoria.

Avendo letto solo una sua cosa piuttosto brutta, ma con niente a che fare con quelle che lo hanno reso famoso, ho sentito il bisogno di saperne di più. E così ho iniziato dal primo della serie Ricciardi.

Che dire? Che pur essendo la prima volta
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Rob Kitchin
I Will Have Vengeance is a locked room mystery set in an opera house. The story has a well realised sense of place, especially with respect to the San Carlo Theatre, and nice historical contextualisation, placing the reader in Naples in 1931 and its warren of streets, sights and sounds. The plot is well constructed and has a couple of decent red herrings and blind alleys. The story seemed to wobble a bit towards the end, but De Giovanni finds a plausible and fitting resolution. The real strength ...more
Nancy Oakes
Considering that this book is a first novel in a series, it's a good opener. For a more lengthy review, click here; otherwise, read on.

Naples in 1931 is the setting for this novel, about nine years into the rule of Mussolini and the Fascists. Twenty-five years earlier, little Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, who had been mesmerized by Emilio Salgari's "Tiger of Malaysia," stories was pretending to be on an adventure out in the jungle when he came across a man with a pruning knife in his chest. The man s
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Sharon Bolton
This book isn't out yet in English, it was sent to me as a review copy, but it came as a very pleasant surprise.

One of the world's greatest tenors (and also one of the most hated men in opera), Maestro Vezzi, is found murdered in his dressing room at Naples famous theatre, San Carlo Theatre. The aloof and enigmatic detective Commissario Ricciardi is called in to investigate. But Ricciardi carries his own unearthly secret.

The central idea behind this series, and one I really wish I'd thought of
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Sandra
“Il senso del dolore”: un sesto senso, che il commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, in forza alla Squadra Mobile della Regia Questura di Napoli, possiede, che non gli dà tregua, che riempie ogni minuto delle sue giornate e segna con forza anche il suo fisico, così particolare, con i magnetici occhi verdi quasi trasparenti che parlano –ma solo a chi il dolore lo conosce già- di “solitudine, intelligenza, ironia” e di un “dolore vecchio ma sempre vivo”, con il ciuffo scuro ribelle, il soprabito sem ...more
Jeane
I story set in Naples, with a beautiful front cover and written by an Italian.
But this isn't everything. The story set in Naples tells about Commissario Ricciardo, full of sorrow but not his own. Ricciardo sees and feels the sorrow of murdered people which started when he was a little boy, after The Incident.
The incident keeps folowing him into his adult life and is there with him when he tries to resolve a crime case.
Maestro Vezzi, one of the greatest tenors in the world, has been murdered in t
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Vivek Tejuja
Crime fiction is not everyone’s cup of tea – to read or to write. It is more so difficult when you are writing crime fiction novels based in a time different than yours, you have to but after all keep in mind how the readers are going to react to those times and situations. At the same time, a writer needs to be more so intelligent when it comes to the plot and the overall series (because when anyone writes a crime novel, according to me it more or less turns to be a series). These and a lot of ...more
Margaret
I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni (trans. Anne Milano Appel), is the first in a series of four crime novels featuring Commissario Ricciardi, set in Italy in 1931. An opera singer has been murdered, and his close ties to Il Duce make it important for this case to be solved. For how ethical and compassionate Comissario Ricciardi can be at points during this case, he reminded me of D.C.S Foyle or another similarly upright detective. The atmosphere of Italy on the brink is well drawn her ...more
Mirrordance
Strano questo noir eppure leggibile ed affascinante. Il commissario Ricciardi si muove in una Napoli degli anni trenta e di regime. E' un commissario vecchio stile, niente arzigogoli scientifici, anche perchè non sono i tempi, ma molta umanità e studio delle persone e dei caratteri. Puo sembrare piu' o meno credibile il suo "vedere" i morti, il sapere interpretare sguardi ed emozioni, di sicuro De Giovanni ne approfitta per delle descrizioni dei personaggi profonde e a tutto tondo. Vediamo le em ...more
Stefania
Bello, scritto bene, bei personaggi... Ma atmosfera triste...
Patrick Bättig
Der Kommissar sieht Gespenster. Aber nur von den Toten, die ein gewaltsames Ende fanden. Und er hört ihre letzten Gedanken. Man könnte auch sagen: Die Toten sprechen zu ihm. Sie hängen in Bäumen oder liegen an der Straßenkreuzung. Der Kommissar fühlt mit ihnen. Überhaupt ist er ein sensibler Kerl, dieser Kommissar. Neapel, Anfang der 30er Jahre: Es herrschen Winterkälte und Faschismus. Commissario Ricciardi müsste eigentlich gar nicht arbeiten. Er entstammt einer reichen Adelsfamilie, aber er ve ...more
William
I'm a fan of Italian mysteries, so this one was a disappointment. Set in 1931, it reads as if it were written then, too (when it actually dates to 2007)and the translation seemed a bit wooden to me. It's rare for me to struggle to finish a mystery, but I had that experience with this one.

Commissario Ricciardi is a hard central character to warm up to. He is apparently emotional, but keeps these feeligns close to his vest. The characteristics which stick in one's memory are his dour self-presenta
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Nancy
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Roberto Mocher
Quattro stelle sulla fiducia, in realtà ne avrei date tre, ma bisogna considerare che questa è un'opera prima e che, in origine, era un racconto. Come tutti i romanzi che derivano da racconti, si notano dei riempitivi e delle lungaggini. Si notano anche dei vezzi da esordiente, come il bisogno di ripetere, qua e là, "i vivi e i morti" a giustificazione del titolo originale del racconto (che era appunto quello). Non amo particolarmente i gialli, ancor meno i polizieschi, e li relego di solito a l ...more
henrys-axe
A good first in series novel featuring Commissario Ricciardi. Set in Naples in 1931, Ricciardi is a solitary man, having few personal or professional relationships. His inherited wealth enable him to live in any manner he chooses, law enforcement being his chosen profession. The two people who are able to penetrate his aloof personality are his housekeeper, tata Rosa, and his work partner, Maiono. Ricciardi is efficient, organized and definitely does display moments of empathy. The fumbling vice ...more
Jim
An Italian detective story. All prose and TV detectives have their oddities, almost as if they are in a competition for the quirkiest. But here we have Commissario Ricciardi who is partly psychic in that he can “relive” the crime from the victim’s point of view and this psychic ability gets more and more accurate as he gets “warmer” in his pursuit of the culprit. His love life, if you can call it that, is basically voyeurism. As in his countryman Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series se ...more
LJ
First Sentence: The dead child was standing motionless at the intersection between Santa Teresa and the museum.

Commissario Luigi Alfredo Riciardi is cursed by being able to see and hear the last few seconds of those who have died violently. He is called to Naples’ San Carlo Theater. The world’s greatest tenor, Maestro Arnaldo Vezzi, has been found murdered in his dressing room. He sees the shadow of the victim dressed in clown costume singing part of the aria from Pagliacii, “…I will have vengea
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Serena!
Dolore. In questo libro ce n'è davvero tanto!
Il Commissario Ricciardi è il dolore personificato, se vogliamo. Un dolore ancestrale e sordo che è anche il suo marchio e segno distintivo. Non sarebbe stato un personaggio altrettanto meritevole e ben costruito, senza di esso, davvero!
Ho amato profondamente quest'uomo: al di là del dolore, la sofferenza, la solitudine, l'incomprensione da parte degli altri - che hanno addirittura timore di lui - è un uomo di grandi principi morali e di forza. Disint
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Monica
It is 1931 in Fascist Italy. Naples is a city of class extremes and the political situation in Rome is putting pressure on everyone. Il Duce is everywhere. When his favorite tenor, a man with a glorious voice and a beastly character is murdered backstage at the Naples Opera just before a performance of Pagliacci, the pressure to find the killer quickly is extreme.

Commissario Luigi Ricciardi sees dead people, people who have died violently, at the moment of their deaths. He can feel their final e
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Giulietta
Ho voluto aprire questa recensione con le parole di un mio grande amore, un poeta che, come tutti i grandi poeti, mi tramette sempre la dolceamara sensazione di aver espresso i miei stessi pensieri , ma in modo molto più egregio di me.
Parlo di Fabrizio De André, e ho scelto queste sue parole, perché Ricciardi me le ha ricordate, e "Un malato di cuore" risuonava nella mia mente leggendo di lui, del suo vivere al di fuori della vita, perché ne conosce gli anfratti più oscuri, vedendo coi suoi occ
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David
I enjoyed this book.
I have been searching through the Book Depository for foreign language translations in the crime genre, and as a result have happily been exposed to the vast canon of Scandinavian crime fiction, and now it seems I have returned to Naples.
Unlike the English language works of Michael Dibdin and the delightful modern Italian mysteries featuring Aurelio Zen, this book is set in Fascist Italy, prior to WW2.
We are introduced to Commisario Ricciardi and his visions of murdered peopl
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Antonio Lanzetta
“Il senso del dolore” è il primo romanzo della serie di gialli scritti da Maurizio De Giovanni e aventi come protagonista Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi. Nella cornice di una Napoli magica degli anni trenta, tra bellezza e contraddizioni, si sviluppano le vicende del Commissario originario del Cilento: un uomo caparbio, assetato di verità e animato dal bisogno di dare giustizia a quei morti che hanno scelto di parlare a lui. In un’atmosfera in bilico tra il poliziesco e il Sesto Senso, De Giovanni (che ...more
OneiroDancer
Finalmente un poliziesco, giallo, noir italiano degno di questo nome. Finalmente un protagonista affascinante, tormentato ma con tutti i motivi di esserlo, buono con i deboli ma duro con i prepotenti, solitario eppure romantico. Finalmente una storia convincente, solida eppure semplice, senza troppi arzigogoli. Sar il periodo storico dell'ambientazione, in pieno ventennio fascista; sar la mano felice con cui De Giovanni inserisce l'elemento fantastico, quel piccolo ingrediente in pi che d il sap ...more
Cloudbuster
Maurizio Di Giovanni è sicuramente una delle voci più originali del recente panorama letterario italiano ed il suo Commissario Ricciardi un personaggio molto affascinante.

Commissario di Polizia nella Napoli degli anni ’30, Ricciardi riesce a tenersi lontano dalla retorica fascista del tempo, distinguendosi come poliziotto abile ed integerrimo e lavoratore instancabile, poco apprezzato da colleghi e superiori che però non possono farne a meno per la sua grande abilità. Dietro questa apparenza di
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Maurizio de Giovanni (b. 1958, Naples) is best known for his prize-winning series set in 1930s Naples featuring Commissario Ricciardi, a loner with the paranormal ability to see and hear the murdered dead. A banker by profession, de Giovanni also writes short stories and books about historic matches of the Neapolitan soccer team.
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