The Damned Season

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Europa Editions, 2007 - Fiction - 117 pages
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Italy, 1945. The war has finally ended and the country is in shambles. Law enforcement agencies are grasping to regain the people's trust. Cells of demobilized Resistance fighters have stepped into the power vacuum, operating less as police than as ungovernable vigilante bands. Commissario De Luca hasn't slept in days. He's on the run, weaving his way from one small country town to another - posing as a certain Giovanni Morandi to avoid reprisals for the role he played under the fascist dictatorship. Recognized by a member of the Partisan Police, who threatens to expose him, De Luca is forced to assist the investigation of a brutal multiple homicide. At first, the crime doesn't appear to have anything to do with politics. But before long the Commissario is thrown headfirst into the nation's dangerous postwar power struggles. All the while, the risk of being unmasked looms. In a country bent on vengeance, the consequences could be fatal.

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User Review  - mvbdlr - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Crusty Commissario De Luca gets drawn into a murder investigation in spite of himself.Traveling incognito to Rome in 1946, Milan detective De Luca is accosted by enthusiastic Ravenna police chief ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Lucarelli is one of the most exciting young writers in Europe, has written eleven novels, all of them noirs. He also hosts a television series, teaches writing in Torino, sings in a post-punk band, and edits an online magazine, Incubatoio 16.

Michael Reynolds was a professor of English at North Carolina State University and a finalist for the National Book Award for Young Hemingway. His other works include Hemingway: The Paris Years and Hemingway: The Homecoming.

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