Norway had Harry Hole,
Scotland had Rebus,
Sweden had Wallander,
Belgium had Poirot,
and Italy…has Rocco Schiavone
Black Run: For your Euro crime fiction fix
The dark flanks of the Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow.
Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He’s stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. On top of that, he’s got a dead body to deal with and this mangled corpse is “a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude”…
There is blood on the black run and nothing to identify the victim but a tattoo of Luisa Pec, owner of a bar popular with the locals and a pair of blue eyes popular with Rocco. Was it a crime of passion? Or of jealousy? And how is the mafia involved? Rocco Schiavone is on the case in the first of a sensational new crime series.
Surly, moody, individualistic, unconventional, corrupt, abusive, with a dark past, Rocco Schiavone seems to come from the dark metropolis of a novel by James Ellroy’ L’Indice
‘Corrupt and ingenious, Rocco Schiavone echoes Dudley Smith from L.A. Confidential’ La Stampa
‘Rocco Schiavone is as bad a cop as Lt. Kojak. Dishonest, potentially violent, intolerant of the rules, but he also has a talent for the job…’ Repubblica
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