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MICHELE BALISTRERI

Roberto Costantini

  • Original Title: MICHELE BALISTRERI
  • Publication date: September 2011
  • Publisher: MARSILIO EDITORI
  • Country: IT
  • 670 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Thriller

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21th century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Corruption, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Power

Pitch

An Italian thriller series about an edgy policeman’s personal evolution—or devolution—as seen through the lens, in the first book, of a devilish case that consumed him early in his career and continues to haunt him twenty-four years later.

Comments

Book 6, DA MOLTO LONTANO, published in November 2018

Roberto Costantini won the Premio Scerbanenco for the best Italian crime thriller in 2011 with TU SEI IL MALE (book 1).

A new crime by the bestseller author of the TRILOGIA DEL MALE (Trilogy of Evil).

Roberto Costantini was born in Tripoli in 1952. Formerly an engineer and business consultant, he is now a manager of the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where he also teaches on the MBA program.

This novel confirms Costantini as one of the main crime author in Italy, with both critical acclaims and high sales (70.000 copies since January).

Summary

Book 1: TU SEI IL MALE (The Deliverance of Evil)

A psychological thriller about an edgy policeman’s personal evolution—or devolution—as seen through the lens of a devilish case that consumed him early in his career and continues to haunt him twenty-four years later.

In 1982, all of Italy was joyous, having just won the World Cup after a decades-long championship drought, while in Rome hard-drinking Commissario Michele Balistreri was a brash cop investigating the murder of beautiful young Elisa Sordi. Despite the Commissario’s brash style, or perhaps because of his arrogance, the murderer is never found. As the years pass, the file goes cold and Balistreri grows wiser, if perhaps a little more damaged and a little less fearless, consumed by the guilt of having left Sordi’s murder unsolved.

In 2006, Italy is once again on the brink of a World Cup victory and Balistreri is losing the battle against his personal demons when Sordi’s mother suddenly commits suicide. Emerging from a haze of antidepressants and self-pity, Balistreri is spurred to action and picks up the case again, sure that Elisa’s killer is still out there, simply awaiting his next opportunity to strike.

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