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    • ISBN:9781405519533
    • Publication date:06 Jun 2013

The Crocodile

By Maurizio de Giovanni

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A dark, bloody story of murder and revenge in modern-day Naples from the phenomenal bestselling Italian author Maurizio de Giovanni.

Transferred to Naples after a tangle with the Sicilian Mafia, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono feels that he's marking time, waiting out an awkward scandal.

But when the bloodied bodies of teenagers start appearing around the city, victims of a strange and sinister killer whom police and locals take to calling The Crocodile, it soon becomes clear to Lojacono that the killings are more than simple Mafia hits, and that the labyrinthine streets of Naples are more deadly than he'd dared imagine.

Can he catch the assassin in time to save the city's innocents?

A bestseller in Italy, The Crocodile is a dark, bloody story of murder and revenge that will grip and thrill you.

Biographical Notes

Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of the bestselling Inspector Ricciardi crime series set in the 1930s. The Crocodile, another bestseller, marks the beginning of a new crime series set in present-day Naples and featuring Inspector Lojacono. His books have been successfully translated into several languages, and a television adaptation is underway in Italy.

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  • ISBN: 9780349138893
  • Publication date: 14 Aug 2014
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Abacus
This novel is a perfect killing machine of flesh, bone, blood and cartilage. The story of the Crocodile will make you tremble to your very soul — Donato Carrisi, internationally bestselling author of The Whisperer
The Naples we are plunged into in de Giovanni's vivid and astringent novel is a phantasmagoric place . . . [The novel is] rich and strange — Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
A wonderfully suspenseful novel in which de Giovanni restores life to the cliche of the world-weary detective ... [and] explores Lojacono's loneliness and vulnerability while simultaneously revealing his brilliance — Kirkus starred review
Engaging and emotional, The Crocodile is a memorable take on revenge — Sydney Morning Herald
De Giovanni manages to conjure up the terrifying darkness at the heart of a serial killer in this chilling procedural — Publisher's Weekly
This novel is a perfect killing machine of flesh, bone, blood and cartilage. The story of the Crocodile will make you tremble to your very soul — Donato Carrisi, internationally bestselling author of The Whisperer
The Naples we are plunged into in de Giovanni's vivid and astringent novel is a phantasmagoric place . . . [The novel is] rich and strange — Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
Intriguing . . . De Giovanni's tale is fast-paced — Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post
Engaging and emotional, The Crocodile is a memorable take on revenge — Sydney Morning Herald

Beverly Connor

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Bryan Boswell

Bryan Boswell was a journalist for most of his life and lately Editor of the SYDNEY DAILY TELEGRAPH and then THE AUSTRALIAN. He lived in Washington and London as an international political and war correspondent, covering major events from Reagan/Bush/Gorbachev summits to G7 meetings, general elections all over the world, US Presidential campaigns and other conflicts from 1972 until the end of the first Gulf War.

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Charles Finch

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