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Tu sei il male

(Trilogia del Male #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  896 ratings  ·  156 reviews
The Deliverance of Evil is a masterful psychological thriller about an edgy policeman’s personal evolution—or devolution—as seen through the lens of a devilish case that consumed him early in his career and continues to haunt him twenty-four years later.

In 1982, all of Italy was joyous, having just won the World Cup after a decades-long championship drought, while in Rome
Hardcover, 670 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Marsilio
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May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-and-freebies
Michele Balistreri is an incorrigible womaniser, working his way through through Rome's female inhabitants with barely a thought. All that changes on the night of the 1982 Football world cup final. With the majority of cities population glued to televisions watching the action Eliza Sordi is murdered. For Balistreri who is also a cop the remorse at not taking the initial report seriously almost destroys him.

Twenty four years later, another world cup final is on the horizon and Balistreri has one
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. This book really got into my head to the point that I could think of nothing else. At first I thought it was going to be some long drawn out story that would take forever to develop. It turned out to be some long drawn out story that grabbed your attention and would not let go. The main character, Michele, really won me over. I found myself hating him and feeling sorry for him at the same time. The story took me in directions I
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a first reads giveaway and is a really good thriller. Set in Italy, with Michele Balistreri investigating a murder, then going back to it some 24 years later. How is it linked to more recent cases? It had a lot of characters, most of whom I had marked as a suspect at some point during this long read. I found it hard to keep up with the intricacy of it at times, but it was that very intricacy that made it the very clever thriller that it is.The author amazed me at how involved it was,an ...more
Shelly Donaghey
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL by Roberto Costantini is, simply put, the best mystery/thriller I have read in a long, long time. Perhaps ever. I tried to remind myself that this book is the author’s first, an amazing achievement. The characters are brilliantly brought to life, the mystery is deep, compelling and so well wrought that I had a devil of a time trying to figure out who the true killer was, and, truth be told, I didn’t.
The main character in the story is Michele Balistreri, a thirty-two yea
There were a lot of killers in this book, and those not killing were often the killed. At least three of the main characters were killers, possible killers or complicit in hiding murder or provoking murder. The main men characters that is. Most of the women characters were used for sex, suicides or victims of murder. Not all though; one of the police was a strong woman, and a woman reporter was key in solving the crimes.
It was convoluted with all the characters, the political situation with imm
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
The book begins in 1982 when the protagonist, Michele Balistreri, was young, fearless and a bit careless. Few days after he meets Elisa Sordi for the first time, on the eve of football world cup finals, she goes missing. Her body turns up after sometime and it is very clear that she had been tortured. Her bruised dead body changes something within Michele. However, he ends up arresting the wrong person for her murder case. But that was all in the past for Michele, still haunting him, till a new ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one monster of a mystery thriller. Not only in overall pages (my version has over 600) but in the complexity of the story and the sheer number of characters. It's a jumbo sized chunk of intrigue.

The book really needed to have another edit to make sure all the translations were smoothed out, but even then the linguistic mishaps were kind of charming. Which kind of sums up the entire book - it's flawed but charming. The flaws are even charming.

I almost needed a spreadsheet at one point, in
Sam H
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book in audiobook so some of the comments on the book maybe related to this. The book is slow to begin with and I credited this to the fact that I did not like the lead character. Having read on I realised that this was part of the plot and you are not really supposed to like the lead character at the beginning. In fact I believe he doesn't like himself. As the book continues more characters are introduced. In my opinion there were too many characters introduced and these were ...more
Tara Bush
Be prepared for a long book and a huge cast of characters. If I hadn't known ahead of time, I think I would have lost track of who everyone was and then lost interest in the book. But I was forewarned and worked hard to keep track of everyone. The first thing that surprised me was that the main detective is not very likable. I was able to tolerate him more in the second half, maybe even pity him, but I never liked or admired him. Very odd for a detective novel. The second surprise was that this ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won’t take any points off for the slightly off translation at times, since mine was an advance copy. I liked the Italian-ness of it; it makes a change to read about intrigue that is completely immersed in another country, not just an American or English person’s impression of it. I mixed up names and events sometimes, but that could be just me or the length of the book. But mainly I found the ending disappointing. So it didn’t occur to Balistreri that some of the people he was talking to the f ...more
Daniel Gibney
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Deliverance of Evil is a gripping tale of mystery, providing the reader with many questions, with most of the answers not revealed until near the end. Once I got to a certain point in the story, I didn't want to put this book down as I wanted to find out who was the mastermind behind it all. The characters developed well across the span of time covered by the book, with interesting revelations about their personalities and relatable changes in their behaviour. I would definitely recommend Th ...more
Jan 09, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC when the English edition came out; the first 10% was an interesting thriller-style, but then I moved, and somehow it never made it back out of the box.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was engaging although sometimes quite difficult to follow. Challenging. Not sure ill read book two
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What could possibly go wrong in a story that included a Roman Cardinal, Alessandrini, as a recurring cast member? Add to him, Count Tommaso dei Banchi di Aglieno, a member of the nobility with aspirations to return the monarchy to Italy. One of the Cardinal's part-time employees, 18-year old Elisa Sordi is found by the banks of the Tiber, brutally murdered. Enter Commissario Michele Balistreri who failed to solve Elisa's murder, too distracted by Italy's World Cup victory in 1982, and with his w ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I was pretty absorbed into this police procedural, murder mystery, political and religious drama. It is definitely dark enough to appeal to people who like Nordic Noir, it has that same kind of feel. The translation isn't perfect, far from it. There are numerous mistakes in basic sentence structure in a number of places, but on the whole it didn't detract from the story. It's sort of a strange story, and I guess the reader has to be patient for the resolution. That being said, I found the ending ...more
Pauline Liu-Devereux
A recommended read

Like other reviewers I was unsure I was going to get along with Balistreri. In the first section of the book he is deeply unpleasant but there is a novelty in finding a detective who you really aren't invited to admire in any way. The change comes in part two when Balistreri, while still haunted by his demons, begins to show concern for those around him and a subtlety of understanding that adds depth to his character and allows the story to develop in unexpected ways. In the en
Robert Dunn
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is long but I found I could not put it down. Balistreri is a flawed character that tries to make amends for not taking a 1982 case seriously. Part 2 jumps to modern times and a series of murders in Rome seem to be related to the 1982 unsolved murder. There are lots of subplots and an indication of some political overtones to everything going on. The translation from Italian leaves a bit to be desired but does not distract from the fact that this is a very good read ...more
Geir Nysaether
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing, a bit "messy" at times
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, italy, mystery, crime
The curious thing, when you’re reading a translated work, is that you’re always wondering about the original work and how close the translated version is to the original language. Whether there are nuances missed or certain implication that’s inadvertently lost on you due to language / culture differences. Nevertheless, translating literature piece is not easy and my compliments to all translators out there who do not just translate the words but also succeed in bringing forward the atmosphere, ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1982, Michele Balistreri is an angry young police captain who holds bureaucracy, religion and politics in almost as much contempt as he holds himself. Good thing there's plenty of partying, alcohol and willing women to quiet his demons. However, when he mishandles the disappearance and murder of a beautiful young woman he'd had designs on, his life is changed forever. By 2005, he's living on anti-depressants, decaf coffee and rations out both his cigarettes and alcohol (and sex isn't somethin ...more
Alison C
Mar 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of The Deliverance of Evil, by Roberto Costantini, it is 1982 and Italy is in the World Cup finals; excitement in Rome couldn't be higher as a result. Police Captain Michele Balistreri is no exception, and when a pretty young woman goes missing on the night of the final, he is inclined to be dismissive; she probably just went off with a boyfriend that her parents don't know about, after all. Some days later, however, her body is found and Balistreri begins investigating some pow ...more
With a better editor and 100 fewer pages, this would have been a four star book.

It's an exceptionally complicated story that begins with the murder of a young woman in Rome in 1982, the night the Italians won the World Cup. Commissario Michele Balistreri, the officer in charge of the case, finds a likely suspect in the form of the antisocial and disfigured young son of a nobleman who lives in the neighborhood. The young man's mother, a devout Catholic, commits suicide, and it turns out that he h
Nemo Erehwon
Rome, Italy, where the dark maelstrom of politics, religion and criminal wealth roars beneath society.

Starts off okay, but the headstrong, dangerous womanizer Michele Balistreri and his polar opposite buddy Angelo Dioguardi are called for a missing person report at Dioguardi's place of employ. The investigation is slipshod because Balistreri wants to watch Italy's team in the World Cup that night. The missing girl is later found sadistically murdered.

Balistreri builds a case against the Count's
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise and before I knew it I was hooked! Apart from some minor irritations with aspects of the language in parts (stemming most likely from translation limitations I suspect ) it did not take me long to warm to the characters and be taken on an intriguing journey over the 24 years in the life of Balisteri and his quest to solve the several mysterious deaths across his eternal city of Rome. This novel is a classic page turner and at one stage I could not put it down, think ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deliverance of Evil is the debut novel of Italian writer Roberto Costantini. It opens in 1982, when Italy is celebrating the winning of the World Cup, thus taking little notice of a young woman's murder on the streets of Rome. Detective Michele Balistreri doesn't have the luxury of ignoring the crime, but the heavy drinking, chain smoking womanizer is arrogantly certain that he'll solve this murder. The case goes cold, however, and the next 100 pages of this book are dedicated to demonstrati ...more
Karen M
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are chess pieces and there are players and in this mystery it’s hard to figure out who the players are and who are the pawns. The analogy of chess is a valid one for this particular book.

This story spans more than twenty years and begins with a murder. In 1982 the Italian soccer team wins the World Cup which is the same day a young women is murdered and so begins our story. We are introduced to Michele Balistreri, the police investigator for this murder. He’s been celebrating the soccer wi
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deliverance Of Evil is a translated bestseller, and it originally was written in Italian. The story begins in 1982 and then settles in 2005-2006. The focal points for choosing these two times are glorious points in Italian football history as both times, Italy won the Jules Rimet trophy. The story however doesn't focus much on the football but is about a culture that seems to be steeped in corruption, decadence & evil.

The novel's main protagonist is Michele Balistreri, a hard-edged perso
Rob Ballister
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
First, the good. Very well thought out story, and characters that you will love, hate, despise, but definitely appreciate and enjoy. No doubt the author knows his craft. Solid action, lots of conspiracy, corruption, some sex, this book has it all. And (though only my family will find this helpful) the last name of the main character is the same last name as mine before my now-deceased grandfather anglicanized it, so the story felt very personal to me.

Now the not-so-good, which kept this from get
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I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway a year ago, so I would like the author for that chance to read it. I started reading it back when I first received it in the mail, but at the time I had too much going on and unfortunately I had a hard time getting into the story. So I decided to set it aside and try again later when I could focus on it better.

The break was a good idea. I started reading it again and really got into. I loved the way it made me feel like I was actually in Italy.
Kasa Cotugno
It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel, it is so assured and full. Then again, it serves to introduce a large, colorful cast of characters in the Roman police force, all of them easily identifiable and surely easy to remember when future installments are translated. Then again, since it spans over 20 years, it is hard to know how Costantini will proceed without overlap in time and contradiction in plot and character. This could serve as a standalone, but at least a trilogy is promised. ...more
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