Friday, 18 December 2015

Books to look forward to from Europa Editions

March 2016

An exciting entry into the noir canon, Joe Flanagan’s Lesser Evils expertly reimagines 1957 Cape Cod, where the mystifying murder of a local child brings us into a world of intrigue— honed by intricate plotting, sharp dialogue, and original characters—that culminates in a conclusion both surprising and deeply moving.  When the first young boy goes missing in a quiet Cape Cod town, Lieutenant Bill Warren is pulled into a morass that promises no happy ending. As his pursuit uncovers the unimaginable, he is led into a world of gambling, drug peddling, corruption, and secret psychiatric experiments. Now he must fight to maintain control of an investigation that more and more people—from the state police to the district attorney to a tenacious Boston reporter—have become seriously interested in. As facts become murkier and the threat rises, Warren struggles to survive in a world where the police can be just as corrupt as the criminals they chase, and where a murder inquiry will ultimately lead to his front door. Years later, the locals will still be debating whether the case’s resolution was factual or miraculous.

April 2016

The Bastards of Pizzofalcone is a new series of hardboiled crime fiction set in contemporary Naples by Maurizio de Giovanni the author of the internationally bestselling Commissario Ricciardi series. They’ve made a fresh start at the Pizzofalcone precinct of Naples. They fired every member of the investigative branch after they were found guilty of corruption. Now, there’s a new group of detectives, a new commissario, and a new superintendent.  The new cops immediately find themselves investigating a high-profile murder that has the whole town on edge. Heading the investigation is Inspector Lojacono, known as the Chinaman, a cop with a chequered past and a reputation as crack investigator. Lojacono’s partner is Aragona, who wants to be known as Serpico, but the name doesn’t stick. Luigi Palma is the Commissario, Francesco Romano, aka Hulk, the self-deluded lieutenant. Lojacono, Aragona, Palma and Romano are joined by a cast of cops portrayed by de Giovanni with depth and intimate knowledge of the close-knit world of police investigators.

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