However, I certainly hope there are more books in the series for us to enjoy and think the novels have a wonderful sense of place and time. It's much darker in tone and story line than the four earlier books in the series. It's October and it has been raining nonstop for weeks in Tuscany. The days leading up to the historic flood which devastated Florence, the flood and its aftermath, permeate the events of what becomes Bordelli's most difficult and painful case.
A young boy has been kidnapped, raped by multiple assailants, strangled and buried in the woods. The only possible clue is the receipt for a phone bill that Bordelli fi It's much darker in tone and story line than the four earlier books in the series. The only possible clue is the receipt for a phone bill that Bordelli finds near where the boy was buried, and that's a long shot. The receipt belongs to a butcher who seems to have an unblemished life, but there are no other leads, so Bordelli has his men stake him out. After days of fruitless watching in the ceaseless rain it finally develops that the man still has Fascist leanings and is part of a group that bears further watching.
Just as the police find a suspicious apartment that may give them some clues, the Arno overflows its banks and the building and any clues it may contain are destroyed by 10 feet of muddy, oily water. The portrait of the city in the aftermath of the flood is incredible. The scale of the damage, the things people lost, the way they struggled to get their lives back is lined out in vivid detail. Bordelli is still haunted by his memories of the war and its aftermath. He wishes he could chuck it all in and buy a little place in the country and raise chickens, preferably with a woman to love.
But he cannot give up on the case and it leads him to a series of very dark events. It's not a happy story, though there are happy moments. His friends are still a motley crew of wonderful characters, but he is more lonely and sad in this book than in the others. It's an excellent story with unforgettable atmosphere. Sartarelli's translation, once again, is brilliant. Oct 05, Crittermom rated it it was amazing.
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Vichi's Florence is gritty and real, an accurate depiction of life at a turning point in Florence's history. Inspector Bordelli is a man out of time. WWII greatly influenced the men and women of his generation. The young have no way to relate in a country that lost, but desperately pretends that it won.
When a young boy disappears, Bordelli is given the case. Despite pressures from his superiors and the public there is little indication of who took the boy and afterwards left him in a shallow gra Vichi's Florence is gritty and real, an accurate depiction of life at a turning point in Florence's history.
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Despite pressures from his superiors and the public there is little indication of who took the boy and afterwards left him in a shallow grave, naked and broken. Bordelli steadfastly investigates, despite little evidence and the tragic flood that wreaks havoc on the city. Bordelli seeks justice, despite suspecting that the killers may be powerful and influential men.
Vichi clearly did an immense amount of research in preparation for writing this novel.
I was engrossed from beginning to end. Death in Florence is an amazing mystery, a wonderful choice for anyone who enjoy historical fiction in an international setting. Nov 15, Pam rated it it was ok. For all the hype as an author, I don't think I'll check out another. One quarter of the angst was all I needed and I am not an 'intimate' of Florence so the painfully detailed wandering of the ispettore was Now, if it had been Venice -- I admit-- a different story!
The details of the flooding from the aspect of i genti WAS interesting and in fact, I slowed down my skimming For all the hype as an author, I don't think I'll check out another. The details of the flooding from the aspect of i genti WAS interesting and in fact, I slowed down my skimming to take in those chapters. I found it interesting that the same very talented translator who translates all of Andrea Camilieri's books could that be why we have a blurb frm him The reading is somewhat stilted and since I never find tht so the Comissario Montalbano books and this including Sicilian dialect!
I can only place it at the feet of the Italian from which it is being taken. Spoiler alert I love a good mystery, but this wasn't one of them. What I like are the stories about WW2 from the Italian perspective. I like the time period too. What I don't like are the two dimensional characters. All of the females are basically wall flowers. In this book there is the unbelievable relationship with the inspector in his mid-fifties and a woman of 25 or younger. They fall in love in a couple of days!
Feels like a middle-aged mans fantasy, not believable. The author had to thr Spoiler alert I love a good mystery, but this wasn't one of them. The author had to throw in a couple. In between there was a lot of filler. A real disappointment. I have now read the series and would recommend reading them all in order so as to appreciate this story. Characters and setting are strong and clearly defined.
If this isn't Florence of the s you would believe it existed somewhere. Is this the end of the series? Jul 28, Nancy rated it liked it. I'm going to read more Inspector Borelli stories. All set in Italy. This was a good read. Nov 18, Peter A rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. I very much enjoyed reading this book, set in Italy in , with the memory of World War II still in the thoughts of the protagonist, Inspector Bordelli. This is a mystery of the disappearance of a 13 year old boy, who seems to have disappeared without a trace, on the way home from school on a very wet day, and of course the path to resolve the mystery.
The inspector tries to discover what happened to the boy. The story unfolds against the very wet summer when Florence does flood, against the personal life of the Inspector without a girlfriend , and amid the habits of eating well. The author does a great job capturing the life of the Inspector at that moment in Florentine history.
This is a book worth reading. I am tempted to read another in the series to try to compare it with other series where the life of the inspector becomes part of the story. I also want to point out that the translator, Stephen Sartarelli, added a set of notes to help the non-Italian reader understand some of the historical and cultural references of the author. That was very thoughtful. Jan 26, Therese rated it it was amazing.
Terrific read. Marco Vichi includes the great flood of Florence in , almost in newsreel style. The river Arno bursts its banks and covers this medieval city in oily black muck. This is a suitable dark back-drop for the murder investigation Inspector Bordelli is desperately trying to solve. A year old boy was raped and buried in the hilly woods above Florence, barely covered by black earth. A chance stroll in the woods by Bordelli leads him to a tiny kitten, its siblings already dead from Terrific read.
A chance stroll in the woods by Bordelli leads him to a tiny kitten, its siblings already dead from hunger and exposure. Nearby is a piece of paper which turns out to be the receipt for a telephone bill. Is this a clue? Read the book to find out. In addition to the flood descriptions ,there are frequent references to Italy's Fascist past.
Bordelli had fought the Germans and is disturbed, but not surprised to see evidence that there is still sympathy for Mussolini and Fascism in the Florence of This is the best in this series. I look forward to the next, Death in the Tuscan Hills, but need some time to pass. It got darker and darker but I liked it. Bordelli can't escape his war experiences, even 20 years later. Vichi uses newspaper headlines and tv shows to place us as well as street names and institutions known even to those who have never travelled This is the best in this series. Vichi uses newspaper headlines and tv shows to place us as well as street names and institutions known even to those who have never travelled there.
You feel as though you've walked the streets with Bordelli or ridden beside him in his beat up VW. When it starts the day after the flood, and he thinks, damn Germans, I laughed. The sort of humor one goes to during stressful times. Jul 01, Sarah rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I picked this book up on a whim at a bookstore in Milan, and was surprised at what a found. It is not your typical murder mystery. Fantastic again, really enjoying Inspector Bordelli, a child murder amongst a hellish flood.
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A rollercoaster of a story and some quite unsavoury moments and themes. S Sort of justice at the end but I'd have liked to see more meted out. I am interested to read the next book and see if there is any continuity with the events of this one. Out of the four I have read so far, I would have this ranked second. Jul 19, Paul Forster rated it did not like it. Can't believe this won awards, hardly any crime related writing, rambling on about the admittedly interesting and well described flood in Florence, affairs of the heart, his war experience, a ghastly portrayal of gay men, as sad or bad or paedophile, and a horribly graphic description of what happened to the poor child.
Not to my taste. Jul 13, Cynthia Townsend rated it liked it. An ugly crime in an ugly city - the Florence of the flood. Translated by the wonderful Stephen Sartarelli. Compelling passages on the occurrence and the damage done by the flood. Feb 23, Nancy Pierson rated it it was amazing. Brilliant plot set amidst the backdrop of the great flood of Bordelli is his usual angst-ridden self, looking for love, trying to right wrongs.
I love this series. This is the first that I read in Italian! Jan 04, Mary rated it it was amazing. Excellent, even though there was obvious repetition of some material. I suspect the book might have been compiled from a series of lectures. That said, it was really well written and extremely engaging. Jun 01, Michelle Roberts rated it it was amazing. Loved this detective tho bits of book was slow in Gerri g to point n others fast paced.
Will read another of his books tho I worry how he's going to up the game as it seems to have reached a pinnacle. Interesting and intriguing story set in Florence in the 60s, the main crime story interspersed with politics and philosophy.
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I enjoyed the protagonist investigator and will look out for more in this series. May 27, Colleen rated it really liked it. The Tarot Cards were correct. Nov 02, Ali rated it really liked it. Started reading it while in Florence. Fascinated by the account of the flood so investigated to find lots of old pictures and news reels.
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I had always thought the Florence flood would be a great idea for a book, but I just couldn't get interested in this one. I gave it multiple tries, and couldn't get past how creepy the "hero" was. Another enjoyable book the 4th in the Inspector Bordelli series. May 03, Debby Hallett rated it liked it. Three stars for the whole series. Definitely worth the time it takes to read them. The ending was appropriate and satisfying I thought.
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It is rumoured Dan Brown penned Inferno while staying here and you can understand how it could have inspired him. The building was a prison in the 12th century but has been sympathetically transformed into a fabulous 4 star boutique hotel. Modern rooms with oak floors and cream walls sit alongside atmospheric public rooms with stone walls and beamed ceilings. Right in the heart of the city, it is close to all the main tourist sites, and most rooms have great views. Romantics will love its intimate restaurant Santa Elisabetta set in the original Byzantine tower — the oldest still standing in Florence.
Tempting as it can be to head straight to bed, we were determined to make the most of Florence after dark, heading across the Arno river to the Piazza Santo Spirito. By day the square is home to a thriving market, with stalls selling everything from antiques to fruit and veg, bread, pastries and jellies.