Italian crime writer Valerio Varesi has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger at the first attempt for his novel River of Shadows (translated from the Italian by Joseph Farrell), the first of the Inspector Soneri Investigations to be translated into English.
MacLehose Press will be publishing (at least) two further Inspector Soneri novels: The Dark Valley in 2012 and Gold, Frankincense and Dust in 2013. River of Shadows received excellent reviews in the UK press and will be published in paperback in September.
Varesi has worked for many years as a journalist for La Stampa, La Repubblica and Gazzetta di Parma, and his crime novels reflect his scholarly interest in Italy’s postwar politics, with many of his mysteries hinging on long-ago conflicts between left-leaning partisans and the fascist authorities.
River of Shadows was nominated for The Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and the television drama based on the novels was shortlisted for the Prix Italia for best Television Programme.