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The Damned Season by Carlo Lucarelli
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Nov 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, italiasicilia, fiction, mysterycrime

Now this is more like it.

We find out protagonist in the countryside, with a plethora of interesting characters, & a very brutal murder to solve. We find him amongst partisans & communists, & Lucarelli plays with our morality & all that we know about history -- he makes us plead in our hearts for a 'fascist' policeman. He brings power struggles down to a completely personal level & that pleased me very much, because that's really what it is, always.

Amongst the suspects here we have incredibly interesting bad guys, or not-so-bad guys, depending on which way you look at them & their victims. We also learn a lot more about De Luca, on a sort of abstract level. Although here, also, the setting does not come into the story as a character, we are consoled by the fact that his trench coat is alive in the story, & is a character itself. This was hinted to in the first installment, but here we are certain of it.

A great ending, we want more, but we know there is only one left, which makes us sad.

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