Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib

Book - 2016
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From the bestselling author of Black Run comes Antonio Manzini's mesmerizing second mystery novel featuring detective Rocco Schiavone.

Six months after being exiled from his beloved Rome, Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone has settled into a routine in the cold, quiet, chronically backward alpine town of Aosta: an espresso at home, breakfast in the piazza, and a morning joint in his office.

A little self-medication helps Rocco deal with the morons that almost exclusively comprise the local force. Especially on a day like today. It's his girlfriend's birthday (if you could call her that; in his mind, Rocco's only faithful to his late wife), he has no gift--and he's about to stumble upon a corpse.

It begins when a maid reports a burglary in Aosta. But there's no sign of forced entry, and after Rocco picks the lock, he notices something off about the carefully ransacked rooms. That's when he finds the body: a woman, the maid's employer, left hanging after a grisly suicide. Or is it? Rocco's intuition tells him the scene has been staged. In other words, it's murder--a pain in the ass of the highest order.

In this stylish international mystery, Antonio Manzini further establishes Rocco Schiavone as one of the most acerbic, complicated, and entertaining antiheroes crime fiction has seen in years.

Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062354679
Branch Call Number: FIC MANZI A
Additional Contributors: Manzini, Antonio 1964-
Shugaar, Antony


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Nov 01, 2017

The detective is a jerk. I sure hope that he's not a typical Italian police officer. The ending had an interesting twist but I don't think it's very plausible.

Dec 20, 2016

Poor grammar and sentence structure is distracting. Couldn't get farther than four pages. A plethora of commas were seemingly randomly sprinkled throughout!

Oct 19, 2016

A good read but but very similar to a lot of other Italian detective/mystery writers. He seems to have "borrowed" from everybody except Donna Leon. Very reminiscent of Cammilleri. That said, it was entertaining in a light way.

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