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Product Details

  • Series: World Noir
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions; Reprint edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609451198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609451196
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, wrongfully accused of passing information to the Mafia in Sicily, has been banished to Naples. He’s miserable. His wife believes the accusation, his teenage daughter won’t speak to him, and, despite his formidable investigative skills, he is given no duties. He sits playing cards against his office computer. That changes when a teenager is murdered, and frenzied Naples’ journalists dub the killer The Crocodile. A driven young female prosecutor who oversees the investigation unexpectedly puts Lojacono in charge. Two more identical murders occur, and the only thing the victims have in common is having been raised by dedicated, loving, single parents. Through his characters, de Giovanni—who lives in Naples—portrays a grimy, crowded, crumbling metropolis filled with people who steadfastly avoid engagement with the city; Lojacono’s understanding of his “invisible” quarry largely springs from his own estrangement from Naples. All the primary characters are lovelorn, and each gets her or his own aria in what comes to feel like a noir opera. The Crocodile offers an elegant narrative and vividly rendered characters. It’s genuinely seductive. --Thomas Gaughan

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It features a tragic, compelling story and vivid, interesting characters.
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I've read every book available from this author with immense enjoyment and pre-ordered everything that's coming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2013
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Inspector Lojacono has been banished to Naples from his hometown of Sicily. A small-time mafioso has testified that the Inspector had been providing information about the police station's movements and actions. Though not true, there is not a court case and so Inspector Lojacono is unable to clear his name. He loses his wife and child who end up hating him and believing he is guilty. Alone and dejected, he is relegated to a small precinct in Naples and told not to get involved in any investigations. He spends his days playing computer poker and trying to find a way to speak to his daughter to whom he has not spoken for ten months.

One evening when Inspector Lojacano is on night duty, he is called out for the murder of a young teenager. He finds that there are tissues left in a corner where he surmises the killer waited. He also finds a shell casing for a 22 caliber gun. The assistant D.A. is impressed with the Inspector's observations but his captain is angry that he even answered this call and takes him off the case immediately. The assistant D.A., however, is impressed with Inspector Lojacano and wants him on the case. He is the only one of his colleagues who does not believe that the killer is a mafioso. Soon afterwards, two other killings follow, both young people with single parents. The characterizations of the victims are excellent and we feel like we know them prior to their deaths.

There is obviously a serial killer on the loose in Naples and he gets named The Crocodile because there are tissues left at each crime scene and forensics finds that the tissues contain tears and epithelial tissue from the killer's eyes. He cries when he kills his victims, crocodile tears. Inspector Lojacano is working closely with assistant D.A.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Piper on March 13, 2014
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This is the first book that I have read by Maurizio de Giovanni and I just loved it. The action was fast paced and the story was, indeed, dark, but with unforgettable characters. The setting is Naples which is, in itself, a dark city with hidden treasures at the foot of a volcano. Like Naples, the characters, are all living with their own dark pasts, pain and wounded souls and they come together when the murderer, nicknamed "The Crocodile" by the press, descends on the city. The story unfolded evenly with the action moving through the various characters.

I found it amusing that Lojacono's colleagues referred to him as Inspector Montalbano, a character in Andrea Camilleri's series about a police inspector in Sicily since I have read the entire Montalbano series and loved them as well. I highly recommend this book to mystery readers and to those who enjoy reading books that take place in another country, especially Italy. It was a real "page turner" that I read late into the night. I plan to purchase this author's other books for my Kindle and look forward to more good reading!
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Neapolitan author Maurizio de Giovanni's novels have always been original and intensely realized, with occasional, much-welcomed flashes of humor. His quirky, well-drawn characters elicit the reader's emotions, and his powerfully vivid settings add atmosphere and depth to the dark, noir plots. In this newest novel, de Giovanni has created yet another brilliantly realized protagonist, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono - lonely, wounded by life, and sympathetic. Lojacono, from Sicily, is fully familiar with the workings of organized crime there, and he has recently become a victim of its machinations. When a low level crook in Sicily identified the innocent Lojacono as an informant for organized crime, Lojacono became an instant pariah in the police department. With no evidence against him, however, there could no trial and therefore, no clearing of his name.

Sicily shipped him off the island to Naples, where, for the past ten months, Lojacono has been playing card games on the computer, prohibited from working on cases. Everything changes when the first of several murders occurs. While the rest of the department is looking for the usual connections to organized crime, Lojacono, alone among the department, begins to look elsewhere for the mysterious killer. The killer himself, meanwhile, is revealing his inner thoughts to the reader through his emotional messages to an invalid whom he loves. He travels through Naples, going anywhere he wants to go, but remains as invisible as a crocodile lurking beneath the surface of the water.

The old man's first murder, the shooting death of a teenage boy, is shocking in its unexpected and cold-blooded violence. Immediately afterward, the killer saunters off, unnoticed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 17, 2014
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The press calls him the Crocodile because he leaves tear soaked tissues at every crime scene. He kills only young people. His crocodile years reveal a singularly cold heart.

The Naples police are completely stumped. It falls to the black sheep of the force, Lojocano, to find the killer.

Lojocano is a wonderful hero. Falsely accused by a Mafia crook of leaking police information, Lojocano has been transferred to Naples and condemned to deskwork. No more investigating for him. Not only is he uprooted and barred from doing the job he loves, he's lost his wife and daughter. They blame him for the disgrace that's ruined their lives.

There's nothing like a broken-down, broken-hearted guy in a rumpled suit to appeal to the reader – and to the leading ladies in the plot. And so Lojocano makes an unwitting conquest of the attractive woman who runs the trattoria he frequents. Not to mention the female DA who accidentally discovers his talent for thinking outside the box – and puts him on the case. Lojocano draws on his own experience as a lonely man who's lost everything to see inside the mind of the killer.

De Giovanni is a very fine writer. The plot is clever and original. The suspense is riveting. Every character feels like a living being. There are even a few comic moments.

I've read every book available from this author with immense enjoyment and pre-ordered everything that's coming. I hope the publisher and translator will get busy and get more of his books to us soon.

De Giovanni is a great discovery for fans of international crime fiction.
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