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The Origin of Feces jA 900 euro suitFrom here things deteriorate further until Rocco to precisely clarify the situation delivers one of his patented blows to the bridge of the nose to break the nose and now there is blood Omar is staggered and a bit frightened Rocco produces a handkerchief for the blood and the interview proceeds Rocco returns to the office but first stops off at the lab to visit with Fumagalli the pathologist to test the handkerchief for DNAI loved that scene Heres anotherRocco in a bar having a coffee while listening in on a conversation between two women at the next table They are mid fifties speaking of a man one of the woman has recently met and her friend says he is hot he loves you and very important he has money And you know what my mother used to sayNo what did she used to sayShe used to say when your breasts no longer point at the stars but at your feet its time to start buying expensive shoesAny uestions 25 stars rounded up because of the bucolic location in the Italian Alps Comparisons to Camillieri s Inspector Montalbano character are a real stretch and notust because Deputy Chief Rocco Schiavone is Italian not Sicilian He s ust not a good guy The novel opens with a snow cat driver accidentally driving over a body on a backwoods shortcut Schiavone is called to the scene not dressed for the weather The victim is the husband of a very attractive owner of a restaurantbar in the Aosta area and it is a basic small town mystery but for the nefarious activities of Schiavone On the back cover there s a blurb by Andrea Camilleri which readsManzini devotes space to his characters than to events and the detective story is a pretext for talking brilliantly about Italian societyand I would have to agree with him wholeheartedly Set in the alpine mountains of Val D Aosta in Italy the book starts with a gruesome scene as a snocat operator is making his way in the dark down a mountain ski track heading into the village of Crest at the Champoluc ski resort He s singing out loud hitting the high notes while cheerfully listening to Ligabue on the radio Suddenly he realizes that the snocat has hit something He gets out and notices feathers being blown about by the wind Still uncomprehending he walks on until he runs into an enormous red stain churned into the white blanket of snow The next look he takes has him throwing up and this is where we meet Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone who is awakened during a sound sleep and sent out to have a look The discovery of a mangled body puts Schiavone in charge of a case that has any number of potential suspects once the dead person is identified Schiavone is not I repeat NOT your typical crime solving Chief Inspector For one thing he has this bizarre habit of meeting a person and giving them some sort of animal euivalent in his head genus species order suborder He s prone to ridicule those who serve underneath him if he finds them lacking He is a definite ladies man but at the same time comes off as a misogynist he is also prone to using violence or threats as a means of putting fear into people He Scoffs At The People Of Val scoffs at the people of Val Aosta as they seem to be beneath him somehow and uite frankly he s crooked Everything gets compared to Rome where he d previously worked before he was sent seemingly into exile where he is right now The story of what happened in Rome has to wait until later in the story but when it comes out it does sort of give you an idea of why he became what I called an asshat in my reading status updates However he is very very good at what he does even if you don t agree with his methods or you don t think that s how cops ought to work By the end of the book I actually felt kind of sorry for the guy In coming to understand him something popped out at me right as the book was about to end where the author describes him as someone who was struggling to leave behind the ugliest things he d lived through Who was trying to forget the evil committed and the evil received The blood the screams the dead who presented themselves behind his eyelids every time he shut his eyes He often finds himself in a swamp which was always there where the boundary between good and evil between right and wrong no longer exists And there are no nuances in the swamp Either you plunge in headfirst or you stay out There is no middle groundWhile the mystery itself is kind of run of the mill as far as the bigger picture goes as Camilleri states the of run of the mill as far as the bigger picture goes as Camilleri states the is all on the characters As he also Notes Manzini Doesn T Hesitate To Draw Manzini doesn t hesitate to draw to problems in Italian society which I ll leave the reader to discover The bottom line to me is that while it is definitely tough to warm up to Schiavone until you see where he s coming from I m drawn way to character than to plot so Black Run is most definitely in my wheelhouse Personally I think that readers who ve given low ratings to this novel are looking for a thriller sort of thing that they didn t get and that perhaps they ve sort of misunderstood Manzini s emphasis on his main character Oh well I thought it was a fine debut series novel and I will definitely be waiting for the next one. Erò ha talento Mette un tassello dietro l'altro nell'enigma dell'inchiesta collocandovi vite e caratteri delle persone come fossero frammenti di un puzzle Non è un brav'uomo ma non si può non parteggiare per lui forse per la sua vigorosa antipatia verso i luoghi comuni che ci circondano forse perché è l'unico baluardo contro il male peggiore la morte per mano omicida in natura la morte non ha colpe o forse per ualche altro motivo che chiude in fondo al cuor.

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Pista neraEaking world although UK folk are than used to dealing with metres these days and shoe sizes are frankly all over the place mainly American sizing but a pair of forty fours European sizing slipped in when Schiavone was choosing his new bootsSo udge for yourself whether as the back cover of my copy exclaims Schiavone comes from the dark metropolis of a novel by James Ellroy L Indice or echoes Dudley Smith from LA Confidential La Stampa or even whether Schiavone is as bad a cop as Lt Kojak Repubblica Have you noticed these are all American comparisons What possible conclusion might be drawn from this observation I wonderThis review first appeared on our blog Book review Black Run by Antonio ManziniThe Italian word for yellow is giallo Giallo also refers to a particular kind of novel the crime novel Why are these books called giallo gialli in the plural Because in 1929 the publisher Mondadori issued a number of them in a cheap paperback edition with a yellow coverThe genre has lost none of its steam and the Montalbano stories set in Sicily written by Andrea Cammileri have become a publishing phenomenon exceeded only by the phenomenon of the TV series The episodes are freuently aired opposite the soccer and beats the soccer in the ratings Cammileri age 90 is still going strong writing and smoking 4 packs a day In Italy he s a God When was the last time a writer left the house and got mobbed in public If Cammileri has an heir it would be Antonio Manzini a student at the University of Rome in the 80 s when Camilleri was in residence teaching theatre and Italian literature Manzini started out as an actor made the switch to directing and then another switch to writer and his first book Pista Nera Black Run published in 2006 was a best seller Here I want to talk about the Manzini books and the person of the cop viceuestore chief detective Rocco Schiavone Rocco and Montalbano share one thing in common a gift for solving homicide cases Take any city in the world and if the police department can claim a homicide clearance rate of 50% they are superstars But Montalbano and Rocco solve all their cases and boast a clearance rate of 100%Montalbano is a Columbo type not a fumbler but something of a softie who is very good at gaining your trust and the gradual coughing up of information For any cop information is the key Rocco has a different style He s a city guy the city is Rome and to call him hard boiled is like calling Hitler mean Rocco s method is to begin politely enough but the exchange uickly degenerates into a discussion of your sister and how she makes her living followed by a uick blow to the nose drawing bloodRocco is smart creative and violent Also funny and relentless in pursuit of the one thing that truly gets the Guide to the Contemporary Harp juices flowing to put your low life ass behind bars Rocco was married but his wife is dead murdered in a drive by Rocco was the target but the bullets found his wife instead The event changed him He was a hard case before his wifes death then became harder There are two sides to Rocco He leads a double life He is a viceuestore who dabbles in a bit of armed robbery on the side He grew up in Rome in the Trastevere district and growing up along with him were Sebastiano Furio Brizio It was a gang that did what gangs do to pullobs and break a few heads At some point maturity beckoned and they were obliged to find obs Rocco became a cop But they remained friends virtually brothers and to mend their criminal ways was a thought they never got around to thinking The money is important because even a viceuestore makes peanuts and Rocco is a sport the elegant type who prefers not to deprive himself He has a cool pad wears wears the 900 euro suit the 400 euro shoes eats the 90 euro meal Its called overheadPista Nera Black Run is the first in the series of five gialli by Manzini featuring Rocco *And His Stalwart Gangster Crew * his stalwart gangster crew setting is Aosta in the north way north Rocco has always lived and worked in Rome he despises cold weather the snow that goes with it and any kind of snow related activity But he s in exile Something happened in Rome that is never made clear The prevailing gossip points to a woman the wife of a udge In Italian they say per toccare una donna che non doveva toccare to touch a woman you shouldn t be touchingBut either way here he is in Aosta freezing his coglioni and doing his best to accommodate himself to the locals and their provincial ways I wont get into the plot a bizarre murder that reuires a master detective to unravel but leave it for you to read on your own Meanwhile here are 2 scenes to establish the toneOmar Borghetti is a ski instructor in Aosta and possible murder suspect Rocco has invited him to drop in at the uestura for a chat But Omar never shows and Rocco is obliged to track him down playing cards in a bar The following exchange occursOmar I heard you were looking for me WhyRocco Because I m in love with youOmar being cute Is this about a Parking TicketRocco Faccia Di ticketRocco Faccia di You think they send a viceuestore to collect finesOmar You talk tough behind that uniformRocco I m not wearing the uniform I m wearing. Ne Miccichè È un catanese di famiglia di imprenditori vinicoli venuto tra le cime e i ghiacciai ad aprire una lussuosa attività turistica insieme alla moglie Luisa Pec un'intelligente bellezza del luogo che spicca tra le tante che stuzzicano i facili appetiti del viceuestore Davanti al uale si aprono tre piste la vendetta di mafia i debiti il delitto passionale uello di Schiavone è stato un trasferimento punitivo È un poliziotto corrotto ama la bella vita Novel set in Champoluc Italian Alps The police can be your friend or your worst nightmare Introducing deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone recently transferred under duress to Val d Aosta from Rome His natural habitat is not the sprawling land mass of the Alps in the month of February covered in deep freezing snow he is a townie born and bred He has history He also has a curmudgeonly and bullying manner He has an eye for the ladies He seems to be a bit of misogynist In other words it s a struggle to warm to him Like many other fictional police officers he too has a uirk when he meets people he sums them up in his head and allocates them an euivalent often rare in the animal world For example Alfonso Lorisaz is not filed away in his mind simply as a rodent no he is a rodent from the suborder Sciuromorpha specifically a Castor Fiber the Eurasian beaver I guess the usual proclivities like eating cooking origami and drinking treble espressos have already been bagged by other European detectivesOne evening as the snowcats or piste bashers prepare the slopes for another day of skiing driver Amedeo is minding his own business as he ploughs back and forth across the pistes Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante joint in hand earbuds blasting music He is ordered to take a lane down from the Crest and as he motors down he crunches over something that turns out to be a body the snowcat having ground it up with its tillers and splattered corpse components across the snow It is the body of Leone Miccich with the remains of a red cloth wedged down his throat The unfortunate victim may hale from Sicily but Schiavone decides this is clearly not a Mafia killing the Mafia either leave the body somewhere really evident or they hide it completely so it can never be found and they often insert a male body part into the mouth not a piece of cloth he muses This is therefore not the work of the Mafia and he concludes he is looking for a local he s clever like thatThis is Rocco Schiavone s investigation The people of the close knit communities in the Alps are another species nothing like the good and not so good folk of Rome Everyone is seemingly related to everyone else And it is hisob to establish the motive and the perpetrator He is a ball buster he intimidates and gets his own way He is not averse to breaking the law himself and is only too willing to team up with his old mate Sebastiano who has a tip off to intercept a lorry smuggling drugs from Rotterdam to Turin They work out the percentage they can cream off This is a side story somewhat relevant to the overall plotEarly on Omar Borghetti head of the ski school is in the frame as the primary suspect He is an old and seemingly persistent lover of Miccich s wife Luisa Pec and Schiavone soon discovers that they regularly still meet up Is he the culprit or is he notThis is a story that will transport you to the still meet up Is he the culprit or is he notThis is a story that will transport you to the the cold slopes the stunning scenery the business of skiing and the community behind a successful resort We also learn that Aosta the town where Schiavone is based is the richest city in Italy with a per capita income to rival Luxembourg s to me a surprising and interesting fact The author captures the mix of surprising and interesting fact The author captures the mix of and Italian flavour in this part of the Alps the wonderfully woody architecture of the rascard the typical Alpine building of the area and describes the mind numbing cold Schiavone is adamant that he will stick to wearing his Clarks desert shoes totally unsuited to the snow conditions underfoot and that is something we hear about on several eually mind numbing occasions until he is forced to buy a hardy pair of boots Similarly early on the author refers time and again to the inebriated Brits who hang around the resort like a Brahms and Liszt chorus group singing You ll never walk alone monotonous information and adds nothing to the story or the ambience And as the book ground to its conclusion I felt the storyline had been incredibly thin uite how Schiavone has become Italy s No1 Detective as trumpeted on the cover of my copy see photos I have no idea Forget Montalbano states L Uomo Vogue on the back cover Montalbano is the Sicilian Commissario who features in the very successful crime novels by Andrea Camilleri But Montalbano is lovingly engraved on the heart of many and asking a reader to forget him is akin to ostracising your favourite uncle It s ust not credible Ultimately I know who I would choose to forgetTo be frank I don t really think the translation helped This is a translation for the English speaking market that is to say the American market For sure I am by now used to reading sidewalk tire iron gotten and so forth but spare me phrases like the guy s holed up with some chippie he pulled a plastic baggie out his pocket yes really a baggie or the birdies were once again tweeting I got no sense that irony was intended in this particular usage of birdies The book has essentially lost much of European provenance although there are smatterings of Italian to keep the reader on track that it is actually set Italy Measurements have been changed from metres used in Italy to feet and inches used in much of the English sp. Semisepolto in mezzo a una pista sciistica sopra Champoluc in Val d'Aosta viene rinvenuto un cadavere Sul corpo è passato un cingolato in uso per spianare la neve smembrandolo e rendendolo irriconoscibile Poche tracce lì intorno per il viceuestore Rocco Schiavone da poco trasferito ad Aosta briciole di tabacco lembi di indumenti resti organici di varia pezzatura e un macabro segno che non si è trattato di un incidente ma di un delitto La vittima si chiama Leo.

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