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Author – Tom Benjamin.
Tom Benjamin started off as a reporter before moving to the press office at Scotland Yard and running drugs awareness campaign FRANK. He moved to Bologna where his work as doorman at a homeless canteen inspired him to create English detective Daniel Leicester in a series that serves up equal helpings of the local cuisine and ubiquitous graffiti; the city’s splendour, decay, and danger.
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Publisher – Constable
Pages – 336
The Blurb –
Bologna: city of secrets, suspicion . . . and murder
A dark and atmospheric crime thriller set in the beautiful Italian city of Bologna, perfect for fans of Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Philip Gwynne Jones.
When the body of a radical protestor is found floating in one of Bologna’s underground canals, it seems that most of the city is ready to blame the usual suspects: the police.
But when private investigator Daniel Leicester, son-in-law to a former chief of police, receives a call from the dead man’s lover, he follows a trail that begins in the 1970s and leads all the way to the rotten heart of the present-day political establishment.
Beneath the beauty of the city, Bologna has a dark underside, and English detective Daniel must unravel a web of secrets, deceit and corruption – before he is caught in it himself.
Tom Benjamin’s gripping debut transports you to the ancient and mysterious Italian city less travelled: Bologna.
Today is my stop on the A Quiet Death In Italy blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I loved this book, I adore Italy and the crime genre so it was a win win for me.
The author really does well in portraying Bologna and Italian culture. When a body is found in a canal, PI Daniel Leicester is persuaded to have a look at the case.
Authorities are not keen on the case being investigated but Leicester, is undeterred and soon finds himself following several leads that will go back decades. Can actions in the past have lead to the man’s death?
A beautiful book that is very well written and makes me want to go to Italy immediately.
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