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The Bottom of Your Heart: Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi Paperback – November 3, 2015
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"A richly textured story whose murder is nothing more than the point of entry."
"A searing look at the tortured soul of the lead makes this entry especially memorable."
—Publisher's Weekly (Starred review)
“This congenital affliction makes Ricciardi a convincingly troubled detective rather than a noir cliché. And here, as in the preceding novels, de Giovanni wisely keeps mysticism in check as he deepens the mystery at the novel’s core.”—The Barnes & Nobles Review
About the Author
Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of five previous books in the Commissario Ricciardi series, I Will Have Vengeance, Blood Curse, Everyone in their Place, Day of the Dead, By My Hand, Viper, and the contemporary Neapolitan thriller, The Crocodile.
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But I gladly suffer this torment book after book, because Maurizio De Giovanni writes like an angel. He makes me experience the intense passions of his characters as if they were my own. He makes me go slightly mad along with his characters in the hellish Neapolitan heat. He brings alive the unsettling atmosphere of Fascist Italy under El Duce's regime -- the economic hardships, the incessant spying, the crazy propaganda.
The plot of this book revolves around a murder case. A distinguished gynecologist is thrown from a high window. Commissario Riciardi and his sidekick Brigadier Maione uncover all too many suspects. Each suspect is himself a victim of terrible emotional suffering. The plot is a feast of tragic love stories and stories of heart-wrenching loss. And Riciardi and Maione are both dealing with their own overwhelming personal problems that distract them from their investigation.
But there are humorous moments too. The conversation of Maione's informer, Barbinella the transvestite, is always amusing, especially when she/he is teasing the irritable Brigadier. The gossip grapevine in Naples is fun. Every citizen, every street kid, knows all about the latest crime as fast as the police do.
Even though the author has toyed with my emotions and brought me to tears in this book, I can't wait for the next one. This is a wonderful series.
The plot is intricate, the motives and interconnections between victim and suspects (and accompanying conflicts with Maione and Ricciardi in their personal lives) are complicated and make for delicious reading. The final denouement is clever, Ricciardi laying out the clues there were there for all to see, were readers not distracted (as was the good Commissario) by the number of distractions De Giovanni carefully lays before us. In terms of writing detective fiction, De Giovanni is at the top of the class.
But I am an enthusiastic reader not only for his complex plots and suspense. The interplay and development of the characters are more reminiscent of literature than noir detective stories. His intertwining narratives and word-play on a theme (in this case the interminable heat of July in Naples - and the double and triple entendres of a burning heart in love, an inferno of hate and revenge, and the burning ache of unrequited love) are brilliant making the writing all the more enjoyable to read.
As with the previous Commissario Ricciardi stories, I give it an enthusiastic five stars - not only for first-rate storytelling but also for his lyric writing. Highly recommended.