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Angelo Marenzana

  • Original Title: LORENZO MAIDA
  • Publication date: February 2017
  • Publisher: BALDINI & CASTOLDI
  • Country: IT
  • 278 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Revenge, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Totalitarian regime, War and other conflicts, Corruption


Set in Alessandria, these crime novels follow former Police Commissioner Lorenzo Maida in 1944 - 1945. Maida investigates cases of corruption, murder and revenge, while Italy is threatened by allied forces and then by the oncoming chaos of the end of the Fascist regime.


Book 2, IL DELITTO DEL FASCISTA NUVOLA NERA (working title: THE MURDER OF FASCIST NUVOLA NERA), to be published in February 2019

Angelo Marenzana (born 1954) is an Italian writer. He lives and works in Alessandria as an official of the Customs Agency.



Alessandria, 1944. Former Police Commissioner Lorenzo Maida has returned to Italy for some years now, and is forced to leave the police for not completing a mission in Spain, or the elimination of seven Italian anarchists. Moved by an unexpected pity, he has left the last of his targets alive. Maida then tries to rebuild a new existence as a textile merchant in Alessandria, where his sister Martina already lives with her husband Vito Todisco, a commissioner and a long-time friend. Life seems to flow normally, between concerns about a possible Allied bombing and an incursion by German troops, when a bank robbery disturbs the placid community. The case seems closed with the discovery of the corpse and the consequent death of Graffio, a young cumbersome communist who talked too much. Everything is filed as a settling of scores between two accomplices, but Maida is not convinced, and to help his brother-in-law in charge of the investigation will move like a lone wolf in the folds of the city. Thus, among unscrupulous bankers and memories of fascinating lovers, Maida will unveil a much deeper truth that animates and disturbs the foggy calm of Alessandria, while squadrons of allied planes are ready to bring hell into Italy.

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