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A Dead Man in Naples
Lionel Scampion, British consul in Naples, has been stabbed to death while bicycling through the piazza of the Porta Carmine. According to his sister, he had no enemies. The Neapolitan police suggest he was murdered by a bicycle-racing rival. In Naples, every mystery is attributed to the Camorra, a powerful criminal society; could its members be involved? Scampion enthusia ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Soho Constable
(first published 2009)
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British Special Branch officer Seymour is sent to Naples to investigate consulate official Lionel Scampion’s murder. To suggest he is merely on vacation, he travels with his fiancée Chantale. Did Scampion, an avid bicyclist, die at the hand of a racing rival? Or did he anger a member of the powerful Camorra, a Mafia-like criminal society of the time? Through talking to people and decoding a lottery ticket, Seymour identifies Scampion’s killer and the motive for the crime. Taking place during the ...more
Unrest in Italy--the Redshirts are present, as is organized crime running gambling operations in Naples, but the main thing is the Italian army at war in Libya. Another fascinating snapshot of the simmering Mediterranean region just before WWI. And a murder, solved again by Seymour's thoughtful analysis. Lots of movement between viewpoint characters and plot bits in the beginning, so the audio was a little hard to follow during the first 30-40%, but a good story overall. I would probably have en ...more
Was ready to toss this -- then spent a sunny afternoon reading slowly and got the depth and the tight, twisted web of history and fell in love with the people and the place (yes, Pink Martini "Una notte a Napoli" helped). Gabriele D'Annunzio figures and the rebellion, and the character are memorable and engaging and this was cleverly woven in with bicycling, politics and the group called Our Friends, cosa nostra types, and foundlings and loyalty and, of course, murder. Intriguing and thoughtful ...more
Micael Pearce writes dialogue beautifully and his stories meander along as Seymour solves the murder. I'm not sure this fully captured the feel of Naples but the theme was interesting and as always you learn something about the political and military tensions of the time. The characters are a believable and his books capture day to day life really well. Terrific holiday reading.
When Scampion, an erratic but innocuous British consul to Naples is murdered, Seymour is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. He and his Moroccan fiancee Chantale stay at a small pensione, where the people are more concerned with their own lives than with a dead Englishman. Seymour also ingratiates himself with the Marchese and the Army officers who were Scampion's best friends.
After disappointing first few books, this series really has hit its stride to provide some of the same human comedy / street life humor as author's Mamur Zapt series (which I adore). Not a copy cat and probably not equal favorites but after being on the verge of giving up on this one, a few books back started turning into one I see out.
Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. He returned there later to teach, and retains a human rights interest in the area. He has recently retired from his academic post to write full time.
Other books in the series
Seymour of Special Branch (7 books)