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“Northern Italy’s answer to Inspector Montalbano” Alessandro Baricco

September 2008. Commissario Arcadipane arrives at the scene of a macabre discovery: the bones of twelve men and women buried in the countryside near Torino.

By the next morning, a task force specialising in mass graves from WWII is already in place. But something doesn’t feel right: one of the femurs shows signs of an operation that couldn’t have taken place before the seventies.

Suspecting a cover-up, Arcadipane launches his own investigation, enlisting his old mentor, Corso Bramard, long retired, and Isa, a young officer still haunted by the unexplained death of her father.

These mismatched allies ­- one at last at peace, one jaded to the point of breakdown and one under a permanent disciplinary cloud ­- will unveil a cruel political conspiracy that someone wants covered up for the second time.

Translated from the Italian by Silvester Mazzarella

Reviews

Longo is unique, a literary jewel!
Andreas Wallenthin, WDR 5 (Germany)
Northern Italy's answer to Inspector Montalbano.
Alessandro Baricco
One of his country's most important authors.
Philipp Haibach, Rolling Stone (Germany)
One of the most exciting Italian writers.
FAZ (Germany)