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The Cold Summer

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  • Title: The Cold Summer
  • Author: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9781925603866
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: General Fiction
  • Publication Date: 12/09/2018
  • Pages: 288

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17/11/2018 6:22:53 PM - Marianne
excellent example of gritty Italian crime fiction
“This may be armchair philosophy, but I think certain jobs should be done by those who don’t feel right for it … Feeling a little out of place helps to make us more vigilant. Someone who feels absolutely right for it … doesn’t notice important details.” The Cold Summer is the second book in the Pietro Fenoglio series by Italian author, Gianrico Carofiglio. The summer of 1992 in southern Italy has started out violently with the murder of an anti-mafia judge. Many are shocked by this awful crime, not least Pietro Fenoglio. Fenoglio is a Marshal with the Carabinieri, and the escalation of violence in Apulia has him concerned. Some believe it a result of friction within the local Societa Nostra, between the boss, Nicola Grimaldi and his lieutenants. When Grimaldi’s young son is rumoured to have been kidnapped, everyone suspects Vito Lopez, who appears to be the one waging war on his boss. Fenoglio is not entirely convinced, though, and when Lopez approaches the Carabinieri to offer information about the Societa Nostra’s operations, Fenoglio realises he needs to further investigate the kidnapping. Once all conventional avenues prove fruitless, he takes a novel approach. Carofiglio gives the reader a fast-paced tale that appears to be part fiction, part history. His own background as an anti-mafia prosecutor is much in evidence throughout the story, giving it an authenticity that is palpable. He uses a few clever devices to convey a large number of necessary facts: Fenoglio needs to brief a new Captain about past events as the lieutenant is absent; and the criminal who decides to offer information to the Carabinieri is intelligent, educated and articulate, making his lengthy testimony nonetheless interesting. Pietro Fenoglio is an interesting character: he’s forty-one, with an education in literature but a passion for justice. He’s a little distracted by the absence of his wife and the possible disintegration of his marriage. There’s a lot about his job that he dislikes, but “I like finding out what happened. In so far as it’s possible. I like that people trust me and decide to tell me what they know, even in the most unexpected situations. I like it when what I do – and it does happen – gives a little dignity back to those who’ve lost it. It gives meaning to chaos.” He has his rules: “Not lying to yourself (lying to others is inevitable), not making it personal, not getting too fond of your own conjectures, not abusing your own power. These are rules of behaviour, and in order to respect them you have to be aware of a fundamental truth: sooner or later, you will break all of them. You’re always walking a thin line, where balance is precarious. You always have to be on to avoid slipping and falling on the wrong side … the most important of all: you have to do your best.” This excellent example of gritty Italian crime fiction is flawlessly translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis. It can easily be read as a stand-alone (the first volume has not been translated into English) and reads are likely to want to search out more translations of work by this talented author. This unbiased review is from an unsolicited copy provided by Text Publishing.
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