The Damned Season

The Damned Season

Book - 2007
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In 1945, traveling through Italy under an assumed name, Commissario De Luca is recognized by a member of the Partisan Police and is forced to assist in the investigation of a multiple homicide.

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Italy, 1945. The war has finally ended and the country is in shambles. Law enforcement agencies are grasping to regain the people's trust. Cells of demobilized Resistance fighters have stepped into the power vacuum, operating less as police than as ungovernable vigilante bands. Commissario De Luca hasn't slept in days. He's on the run, weaving his way from one small country town to another - posing as a certain Giovanni Morandi to avoid reprisals for the role he played under the fascist dictatorship. Recognized by a member of the Partisan Police, who threatens to expose him, De Luca is forced to assist the investigation of a brutal multiple homicide. At first, the crime doesn't appear to have anything to do with politics. But before long the Commissario is thrown headfirst into the nation's dangerous postwar power struggles. All the while, the risk of being unmasked looms. In a country bent on vengeance, the consequences could be fatal.

Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2007
Description: 117 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781933372273
Branch Call Number: Luca
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Michael.


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Apr 11, 2018

Informative history of period emerges in this fascinating police tale in Italy during the end of 2nd WW in Italy. Enjoyed whole trilogy.

SB2000 Apr 13, 2012

The second book in a trilogy following Comissario De Luca, a former detective in Fascist Italy. The story begins a few weeks after the close of the first novel. As short and well crafted as the first installment, Carlo Lucarelli delivers an even better novel, expanding and working on De Luca's progress through the murk of post war Italy. On the run from his past as a servant of the black-shirt regime, physically ill, the detective clings to the pursuit of truth as the one sure means of maintaining his own identity and sanity in a world where everyone is discarding skins like so many serpents and revenge and power are cloaked in the name of justice.

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