The first title in a rollicking new crime series. Move over Inspector Montalbano, welcome inspector Rocco Schiavone! Having got on the wrong side of some powerful people, Rocco Schiavone, deputy prefect of police, is exiled to Aosta, a small alpine town. The sophisticated, crotchety Roman is not best pleased - he despises mountains, snow, and the provincial locals as much as he disdains his superiors and their petty rules. What he loves is solving crimes... And when a mangled body is discovered on a piste, Rocco faces his first challenge -identifying the victim, a procedure complicated by his ignorance of the customs, dialect, and history of his new home. Undaunted, Rocco explores the ski runs, mountain huts, and aerial tramways, meeting ski instructors, Alpine guides and the hardworking, enigmatic inhabitants of Aosta, amongst them a few beauties eager to give him a particularly warm welcome. An insightful observer of human nature, Antonio Manzini writes with shrewd humour and a dash of irony, and introduces an irresistible hero - a fascinating blend of swagger, machismo, and vulnerability- in a colorful and atmospheric crime mystery series that is European crime fiction at its best.
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