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The Resource A Woman Much Missed : A Commissario Soneri Investigation, Valerio Varesi; Translated by Joseph Farrell

A Woman Much Missed : A Commissario Soneri Investigation, Valerio Varesi; Translated by Joseph Farrell

Label
A Woman Much Missed : A Commissario Soneri Investigation
Title
A Woman Much Missed
Title remainder
A Commissario Soneri Investigation
Statement of responsibility
Valerio Varesi; Translated by Joseph Farrell
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Commissario Soneri - Italy's Maigret - returns in his fourth investigation, the most painfully personal yet.
  • Sinisterly atmospheric, cunningly plotted ... Shot through with lightning flashes of sardonic humour. -- Jackie McGlone Glasgow Herald. Excellent ... Compellingly reveals an authentic darkness at the heart of modern Italy. -- Ian Thomson Spectator. A master storyteller. -- Barry Forshaw Independent. Varesi's plotting is sound and his pacing good. Where he raises his game from the common crime ruck, however, is in his almost painterly evocation of a wretchedly dark atmosphere and character. He could be the long-lost heir to Caravaggio. -- Rosemary Goring Glasgow Herald. Varesi's talent for evoking place and time draws a politically and socially engaged picture of Italy's past. C.W.A. Judges' Comments
Biographical or historical data
Valerio Varesi has been the Parma correspondent for La Stampa and La Repubblica. River of Shadows was the first of a series of thrillers featuring Commissario Soneri, now the central figure of one of Italy's most popular television dramas. It was followed in English translation by The Dark Valley, Gold Frankincense and Dust and A Woman Much Missed.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
Dewey number
AF
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Summary expansion
A few days before Christmas, with Parma gripped by frost and fog, Ghitta Tagliavini, the elderly owner of a guesthouse in the old town centre, is found murdered in her apartment. The case is assigned to Commissario Soneri, but the investigation holds a painful, personal element that sends waves of nostalgia sweeping through him. Tagliavini's guesthouse is where Soneri met his late wife Ada, and where the young couple spent unforgettable hours in each other's company. But the present can embitter even the sweetest memories. An old photograph of Ada with another man sends Soneri into a spiral of despondency, ever more so when he realises her death may be linked to Tagliavina's lucrative sideline as a backstreet abortionist and faith healer. Though Soneri would like nothing more than to be allowed to drop the case, he doggedly persists, uncovering at last, along with the truth behind Tagliavini's death, rife corruption at Parma's rotten heart and a raft of ghosts from Italy's divisive past
Target audience
general
Label
A Woman Much Missed : A Commissario Soneri Investigation, Valerio Varesi; Translated by Joseph Farrell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback. UK Trade Paperback. Trade paperback (UK)
Control code
9780857053459
Dimensions
23x16x2 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780857053459
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
A Woman Much Missed : A Commissario Soneri Investigation, Valerio Varesi; Translated by Joseph Farrell
Publication
Note
Paperback. UK Trade Paperback. Trade paperback (UK)
Control code
9780857053459
Dimensions
23x16x2 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780857053459
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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