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Summary

Ricciardi has visions. He sees and hears the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths. It is both a gift and a curse. It has helped him become one of the most acute and successful homicide detectives in the Naples police force. But all that horror and suffering has hollowed him out emotionally: He drinks and doesn't sleep. Other than his loyal partner, Brigadier Maione, he has no friends.

Naples,1931. In a working-class apartment in the Sanita neighborhood, an elderly woman by the name of Carmela Calise has been beaten to death. When Ricciardi and Maione arrive at the scene, they start asking the neighbors questions. No one wants to talk, but slowly a few interesting facts slip out. Carmela Calise was moonlighting as a fortune-teller and moneylender. In her decrepit apartment, she would receive clients - among them some of the city's rich and powerful - predicting their futures in such a way as to manipulate and deceive. If economic ruin lurked in their futures, Calise was happy to help - for a price,of course. She had many enemies: those indebted to her, manipulated by her lies, disappointed by her prophesies, or destroyed by her machinations. Murder suspects in this atmospheric thriller abound, and Commissario Ricciardi, one of the most original and intriguing investigators in contemporary crime fiction, will have his work cut out for him.

©2013 Maurizio de Giovanni (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Protracted storyline

Having read the first in the series I was inclined to follow on with book 2. It was a little disappointing. it took until half way through the book before the story developed. So many character vignettes were created in the first half It became confusing. Eventually it did all come together . The main characters are developing. The book is written as a period piece with social standings of the time well defined. The narrator lacks any emotion. it is translated from Italian into American which I found annoying. But you pays your money you translate how you will. I persevered with the story, fairly predictable unsure if I will delve any further into the series.

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  • Dr Jan S C Czarnecki
  • 18-06-21

A magical human novel

A perfect story, beautifully crafted and with an excellent performance. I couldn’t stop this book.

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  • 14-01-22

The rot sets in.

So sad to find that the brilliant start of Vengeace has already deteriorated into pretty lame and boring romantic subplots that dominate the storyline. I’m listening out of sequence and last heard viper which is much later in the series and which I could only finish with many skips of needless and tedious chapters recycling the same ‘she was thinking of…later she thought of…he wondered what she was doing’ type padding. Sadly this second in the series is already suffocating under these lackluster intrusions into an interesting and original take on the genre. I now quit this series. Grover Gardner made it painless but eventually the decline in quality was too much.

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  • Mary Lou Ryce
  • 14-11-21

I didn’t order this book. Didn’t read it. Can’t get it off my computer. So annoying.

I didn’t order the book. Didn’t want the book. Didn’t read the book. Can’t delete the book.