The Inspector and Silence

Several years ago I started writing down all the books I’d read so that I wouldn’t accidentally read a book more than once. About 2 1/2 years ago, I moved it to a blog to make it easier. This is my 147th post documented on this blog.

The entire time I was reading The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser, I felt like I knew the story. In fact, I checked this blog multiple times to see if I entered the name of the novel or author incorrectly. It was nowhere to be found, so I kept reading thinking that I’d read too many mysteries and they started blurring together.

This is a great novel about how cults can rule their followers, how great detectives have a hard time getting over their own prejudices, and how the murder of young children can devastate a community. And again, the whole time the novel felt familiar. I guessed the killer when I didn’t think there were any clues pointing in that direction. But I kept going because this writing style and social critique was such a joy to read.

I finally pulled out my handwritten book journal and surprise, surprise, I read this book back in September 2012, over 3 1/2 years and more than 150 books ago.

Still a great read and I really should trust my instinct more.

Read again April 2016.

A Death in Tuscany

Michele Giuttari is a former head of the Florence police force before turning to crime writing. I’ve read another of his books and remembering being entranced, not for the writing, but for the scenes of Italian life. A Death in Tuscany felt very similar with wonderful scenes of Italian living mixed with murder.

A young girl is found abandoned and practically dead on the side of a road and Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara cannot let this murder go unsolved, either due to her age or because she’s treated like a piece of trash due to her possible immigrant status. In the course of the investigation, the young girls murder seems to be the least of the crimes committed against her very young body.

In addition to solving this crime, Ferrara’s oldest friend goes missing and he’s being shut out of the formal investigation due to his closeness and the possibility of Massimo Verga being a murderer on the run. Both investigations take Ferrara around Tuscany and into secret societies. Drugs, pedophilia, and murder are at the center of the investigation and it takes everything they have to save those who still need to be saved.

This was a quick, enjoyable read. In reading the book jacket I noticed that Michele Giuttari was involved with the Monster of Florence case. From Amanda Knox’s Waiting to be Heard, I remember the prosecutor in her trial being involved with the Monster of Florence case. Turns out, Michele Giuttari is in some legal trouble due to his involvement in the Monster of Florence case and may need to serve some jail time. It’ll be interesting to see if he continues as a crime novelist after any stints in prison.

Read March 2014