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The American

(Leone Scamarcio #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The second Leone Scarmacio thriller.

As autumn sets in, the queues outside the soup kitchens of Rome are lengthening and the people are taking to the piazzas, increasingly frustrated by the deepening economic crisis.

Detective Leone Scamarcio is called to an apparent suicide on the Ponte Sant Angelo, a stone’s throw from Vatican City. A man is hanging from the bridge, his ex
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 2015 by Scribe Publications
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The American is a complex, intricate tale of international espionage and intrigue that weaves through Italy, the US and the walls of the Vatican. It is the follow-up to Nadia Dalbuono's stunning debut, The Few, featuring her flawed protagonist, Leone Scamarcio, who is back in The American.

Detective Scamarcio is called to the scene of an apparent suicide, one who appears to be an American businessman. But Scamarcio is suspicious when he discovers plaster in the man's pockets. The set-up is remin
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The American – A Brilliant Follow Up

When Nadia Dalbuono made she crime debut with The Few it earned rave reviews, for not just its brilliant storyline, or being based in Rome or the excellent use of prose, it was a mixture of all with a stunning pace thrown in. A major new talent, with a bright future ahead of her and with her latest thriller has not only equalled but surpassed The Few, but The American is simply brilliant.

The American asks some tough questions of Detective Leone Scamarcio wheth
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The Few, Nadia Dalbuono’s first Leone Scamarcio crime thriller, was a stunning debut and came out on top in my favourite reads of 2015. But now there is a serious contender to take its crown with the 2016 release of the next Leone Scamarcio thriller – The American.

This is a complex, intricately woven tale led by a conflicted and intelligent protagonist who consistently finds himself drawn into the darker side of Rome, whilst hindered by the, ever frust
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The second book to feature the Italian detective Scamarcio builds upon the dark nature of the character touched upon in THE FEW; the clean cop who wants justice, yet one who is willing to venture into the badlands of the other side of the law to get it. His close association with a prominent underworld figure is key as Scamarcio fights politics, corruption, and religion to solve two murders.

THE AMERICAN is a crime mystery swathed in unpredictability. Author Nadia Dalbuono never lets the reader
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having waxed lyrical about Dalbuono’s debut The Few (which also earned a well deserved place in my Top 5 of 2014), I approached The American with an equal sense of excited anticipation and hesitation- could it honestly be the equal of the first one? I can, however, confidently say with its scope, intelligence, and assured writing that it’s even better. What Dalbuono exhibits in this second book is a further growth in her writing and storytelling that is totally mesmerising. Not only does she hav ...more
Sharah McConville
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Nadia Dalbuono's novel The American is a complex thriller set in Rome. It's the second story in the Leone Scarmacio series and follows Detective Scarmacio's investigation into the death of a man that draws him in to the world of the Mafia and corruption in the Vatican. I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways and look forward to reading more books in this series.
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A rollercoaster ride … Unsettling but compelling.
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[P]its the little guy against the global forces that shaped the late twentieth and early twenty first century behind the scenes … a taut, well constructed thriller.
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Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It takes a certain level of chutzpah to tackle big global themes in a police procedural, but an equal if not greater measure of panache to pull off. Luckily for readers, Nadia Dalbuono has both in spades and The American, a sequel to her brilliant debut The Few, is a novel that amply demonstrates the author’s not inconsiderable talents.

Once again we are with Detective Leone Scamarcio, of the Rome police Flying Squad. The son of a Mafiosi, he is distrusted by many of his colleagues in the police
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was offered the opportunity to read this book for review and to participate in the official blog tour to celebrate its publication, I was thrilled. You see, the book cover claims that if you don't love it as much as Donna Leon, you can have your money back.

Now, I adore Venice: it is one of my soul places. Following our wonderful week on Dorsoduro in October 2007, it calls me back and I long to return. One of my dear blog-friends, Britt-Arnhild, suggested I might enjoy the books of Donna L
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
An excellent conspiracy narrative.

My View:
A complex, intriguing and engaging tale of corruption, manipulation, politics and greed – the perfect book to make you think about the global village we live in.

What I love about this novel? Many things, including the complexity of the narrative – written with intelligence, the plot is so plausible, you can imagine something like this has actually happened/ is happening. The sub plot- regarding the Mafia and how a basically good man can be corrupted /ex
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The American is the second in a series featuring Leone Scamarcio, a detective in Rome.
Although the plot is stand alone I think it would have added to my enjoyment to have read The Few (the first book in the series) to gain background on the main characters.

The protagonist is assigned to a murder where his investigation leads to the involvement of governments, The Vatican, the Mafia and the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11.
I loved the bravery and commitment of Scamarcio in his efforts to solv
Linda Boa
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-blog
Review can currently be seen at - will cut and paste as soon as I get to my laptop! ...more
Jenny Grieve-laing
An exciting detective story that gets a bit lost in conspiracy theory. Nevertheless a good read.
Mark Robertson
This is a fast-paced thriller with some entertaining villains and a conflicted hero who you can't help but root for; Leone Scamarcio, son of an Italian mobster, is a wonderful creation, a resourceful, ambitious human being put in some awful positions. The book takes conspiracy theories far too seriously, in my opinion, particularly the truther nonsense about 9/11. Still, it was entertaining enough that I would read another in the series.

I wonder if Scamarcio's first name is an homage to Donna L
Lucinda Clarke
This was quite a complicated book to read, and just as I was beginning to believe that conspiracies are alive and well, the story turned on its head. Quite a page-turning book, to be read slowly and carefully, as I became quite confused at times. It wasn’t immediately obvious that the flashbacks belonged to Carter, but there were so many names beginning with the same initials eg the Pathologist and Scarmarcio’s boss were similar and I had to think twice each time they were mentioned. I felt all ...more
Gail Wylde
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pigeonhole
This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. It is the second book in this series (I'm going back to read the first!!) and it really kept me on the edge of my seat!! Leone Scamarcio is a very likeable but very flawed character. I found myself wanting to shake him. I would love to see him serialised on TV. I will definitely be following him in future (and past) books. I highly recommend this book!!
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
with a 1/2 because set in Rome! The second in the series and to be candid I found it somewhat laborious to read. I enjoyed the first much more than the follow up. Robert Calvi's death on Blackfriar's bridge come to mind....
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of this author that I have read and I have found it immensely enjoyable and thought provoking! i would recommend this to anyone and plan on reading the other is the series!
Thanks Nadia for a great book!
Kim Russell
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scarily believable, fast-paced thriller, set in Italy. Full of atmosphere and surprises. If I hadn't read it stave by stave with The Pigeonhole, I'd have devoured it in one or two sittings!
Shona Murray
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More complex than I expected, good Italian context, great plot and characters. Pleased there are more to go!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Scamarcio is a flawed but engaging character and I love the atmosphere painted in these books.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read-list
I received this through Goodreads Giveaways
I thought this book was fantastic!! A political thriller set in Rome which involves the Vatican and the State .The plot is nail biting ,full of lots of different characters and numerous twists.It is totally engrossing and a real page turner. I liked the main character Leone Scarmarcio who is a Flying -Squad Detective
This is the second Leone Scamarcio book of the series.I have not read the first but this is a stand alone novel and did not affect my enjoy
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
No, I did not like it, despite it having been recommended and me then checking it out on Amazon. I should have remembered that I found Michael Dibdin's police culture alien (and certainly didn't love this as much as Donna Leon), am disinterested in politics in a plot and find alien names hard to assimilate. So far, so my personal view. But I also found the writing wooden and the characters lacking in dimension and ultimately the whirlwind of coincidence and whodunwhat and why became too muddled ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
I received a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways, the author and publisher.
The American by Nadia Dalbuono is a tale of political intrigue, murder and corruption.
For me this story was ‘slow to boil’ and did not live up to my expectations. However it did gain momentum towards the end which enhanced my reading experience.

Ann Tonks
Mar 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed Nadia Dalbuono's first novel featuring Leone Scarmacio but I couldn' get past the first couple of chapters of this one. Maybe its because I just don't care about a new conspiracy involving the Vatican because there have been so many of them, fiction or not.
Craig Gillan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
Firstreads book, probably would have enjoyed it more if I'd read first book, I thought story was quite good but a few loose ends that will probably be tied up in next book
Priscilla Stubbs
My husband and I read it. We both enjoyed it, it was fast paced and good more exciting as we got into the book. Would recommend this to anyone and would love to read more by this author
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!!
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Nadia Dalbuono spent 15 years working in factual TV in the UK before turning to crime writing. The Few is her first novel, with a sequel scheduled for 2015.


'Gripping, you won't be able to put down this unsettling tale.'

'A professional and confident foray into the realms of crime fiction . . . Nadia Dalbuono drives her complex plot as though it were [an] Alfa Romeo Spider

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