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One of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy, known for its rugged coastline and mountains, Calabria is also home to the deadly 'Ndrangheta'. An organised Mafia crime operation more feared in Italy than the Cosa Nostra or the Camorra, it is shrouded in mystery.
Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of Italy’s elite Anti-Mafia Investigation Department is tasked with investigating the deaths of several Calabria citizens – some in New York, some in the small, isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside.
To get to the bottom of the case, Ferrara has to infiltrate the village of San Piero d’Aspromonte, deep in the Calabrian mountains. And there, he must put his life on the line to learn more about a family at the centre of an ancient, bloody feud…
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This is my first Giuttari read and I'm sure I'll go back for more. It's written from the lawyer's point of view, a guy whose professional life is dreary and full of moral ambiguities: earning a living defending disreputable characters. Along comes a young African who is accused of abducting and abusing a young child on the beach. The sceptical lawyer does a great job, wins the case and recovers some self-respect. Wonderfully narrated by Sean Barrett.