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MURDER AT VILLA BORGHESE (working title)

Walter Veltroni

  • Original Title: ASSASSINIO A VILLA BORGHESE
  • Publication date: November 2019
  • Publisher: MARSILIO EDITORI
  • Country: IT
  • 205 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: FAMILY, Separation, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, Revenge, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity

Pitch

A disgraced police inspector is transferred to what he believes to be a secondary, boring duty station, with a team of losers. A series of violent homicides will give him a second chance.

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First book in a new series

Walter Veltroni is an Italian writer, film director, journalist, and politician, who served as the first leader of the Democratic Party within the centre-left opposition, until his resignation in 2009. He served as Mayor of Rome from 2001 to 2008. He has published several books and novels.

Summary

Inspector Giovanni Buonvino, a disgraced 50-year-old police officer, feels like a failure both professionally and personally, as his marriage collapsed when he found his wife Lavinia in bed with her female lover. Now, after 15 years of punishment for a mistake that prevented the arrest of a ‘Ndrangheta boss, he is unexpectedly promoted to the role of commissar. The location is a bit weird: a brand new police station at Villa Borghese, the biggest cultural park in the world, in the very heart of Rome. His team is composed of 7 agents, apparently chosen for their ineptitude.

When a woman (accompanied by her younger lover) reports the theft of her bag, Buonvino doesn’t foresee any trouble. It turns out, however, that the victim provided a fake name, and when the agents manage to discover their identity, the couple has vanished. At the same time, the dismembered body of a 3-year-old boy is found in the park. Only the head is missing...


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    Walter Veltroni (born 1955) is an Italian writer, film director, journalist, and politician, who served as the first leader of the Democratic Party within the centre-left opposition, until his resignation in 2009. He served as Mayor of Rome from 2001 to 2008. In 2003, he received an honoris causa degree in Public Services by the John Cabot University of Rome. In 2006, he received the title of Cavaliere di Gran Croce (Knight of the Grand Cross) from President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. He won the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2009. He has published several books and novels.