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

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  658 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
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
Jun 09, 2016 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*****RECENTLY FEATURED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.*****

”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 Ri
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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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Rosalba
Nov 21, 2012 Rosalba rated it it was amazing
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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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
AC
Apr 27, 2014 AC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Alayne
May 06, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5

Encontré a mi papá releyendo este libro e intrigada le pregunté qué onda; me dijo que cuando lo terminara me lo daba e incluso habiendo tenido lecturas bastante trabadas me puse a leerlo. No recuerdo cuando fue la última vez que un libro me atrapó tanto. Leía y no paraba.

Estamos en la Italia Fascista. Corre el año 1931. Un célebre cantante de ópera amigo del Duce es asesinado en Nápoles y es el Comisario Ricciardi el encargado de resolver este crimen.
Ricciardi es un tipo bastante particular
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orsodimondo (a zonzo)
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
Feb 01, 2014 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon Bolton
Jan 18, 2012 Sharon Bolton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
“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
Alana White
Amazing. The first in the Commissario Ricciardi series set in 1930s Naples. Homicide detective Ricciardi has visions--he sees the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths. The writing sings in these clever, character-driven novels. No wonder this (as of now) four-book series is a runaway hit in Europe. Available in English translations for a short while now. Very highly recommended.
Stefania
Mar 01, 2014 Stefania rated it really liked it
Bello, scritto bene, bei personaggi... Ma atmosfera triste...
Danilo De rossi
Apr 08, 2016 Danilo De rossi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho ritardato l'appuntamento con Ricciardi nonostante avessi il libro già da tempo. Non lo so perché: forse perché ho dato la preferenza ad altri romanzi; forse perché la Napoli fascista ho pensato potesse essere un limite al mio gusto personale; forse perché ho creduto che questo strano commissario, capace di avvertire le parole dette dalle vittime in punto di morte, fosse totalmente distante da me. Qualsiasi cosa abbia pensato, qualsiasi pregiudizio abbia avuto, ho sbagliato e già per questo do ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Apr 29, 2013 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it really liked it
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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Jeane
Apr 14, 2012 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
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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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
Vittoria Liant
Un'abbinamento particolare quello di una scrittura quasi lirica al giallo/noir. Bello, e, davvero azzeccato il personaggio di Ricciardi: chiuso e cupo ma dal cuore grande e dalla spiccata sensibilità, stretto un poco per scelta ed un poco per destino in un inferno personale fatto di solitudine ed echi di dolore.
Ho trovato poco appassionante il Giallo in se stesso, sarà per la scrittura, sarà per le belle descrizioni sarà che molte altre cose mi hanno distratto, ma la soluzione del caso non mi ha
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Mirrordance
Sep 18, 2013 Mirrordance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, crime, archivi, digital, serie
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
Tina
Aug 24, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very, pleasant surprise ... loved the protagonist, the plotting, the characters and the story is really well written/translated.
Emanuele
Jul 19, 2016 Emanuele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono cresciuto a pane e Agatha Christie, quindi ormai mi meraviglio più poco nei gialli.
Cosa c'è di bello? C'è una scrittura curata ed evocativa, e ci sono dei personaggi tutti ben caratterizzati.
 Olivermagnus
Set in Naples in 1931, this novel takes place during the early rule of Benito Mussolini. We meet 31 year old Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, a brilliant, unmarried, almost friendless, policeman. Though he is independently wealthy enough not to have to work, he has a different motivation: he sees, and hears, dead people. The ghosts of those who have died sorrowfully haunt him and his only relief seems to be the brief period following a successful investigation, when the voices leave Ricciard ...more
Lesa
Maurizio De Giovanni's I Will Have Vengeance: The Winter of Commissario Ricciardi, introduces a fascinating detective. And, Anne Milano Appel's translation captures the spirit of the man, while her closing afterword summarizes historical and opera facts to make the book more accessible to readers. Together, they bring a haunted figure to life. While the book is a murder mystery, it is also a profile of Ricciardi.

In 1931 in Naples, Italy, the police were a military force under a Fascist regime si
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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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Marissa Morrison
Apr 18, 2016 Marissa Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sleuth sees dead people. That's why he's supernaturally good at solving murders. But he can't figure out what to make of an opera star's lingering last moment--spurting blood, crying and singing, simultaneously.

The story is compelling, the protagonist is likeable and uncorrupted, and the way the plot unfolds is cinematic. Still, until the denouement--which really held my attention--I could only read 5 minutes of this book at a time before nodding off. The prose is beautiful yet at the same t
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Ron
Jul 18, 2016 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ricciardi's delights are that he is a rational man who is not swayed by the falseness inherent in art--he despises the theatrical expression of emotion--and that he is deeply in love from afar with a woman whom he watches over with great delicacy. His views on the origins of crime are a bit more muddled, as he is someone who practices his profession in a mystical manner, believing that he sees the ghosts of the slain and can find insight in these visions.

The weakness of the novel are that it is
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Gwen
Aug 18, 2015 Gwen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: mystery book club, actual pick for August 2015
Shelves: book-club
Marginally better than The Crocodile, but not by much

What do we have here...?

A bland main character: Ricciardi has absolutely no personality, is a stalker, is supposedly brilliant but with little evidence of such, and other than his love of sfogliatelle, has no defining characteristics. Except for the whole poorly executed "I see dead people" schtick.

A bland setting, both in time and place: Other than a few throw away lines about Il Duce, I had no idea that this took place in 1930s Italy. Absen
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Nancy
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Roberto Mocher
Jul 15, 2015 Roberto Mocher rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2015 henrys-axe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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