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Vipera. Nessuna resurrezione per il commissario Ricciardi

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Naples, 1932. A week before Easter, springtime offers fragrant temptations to the men and women of Naples-but evil also lurks in the sweet-smelling spring air. At the high-class brothel in the center of town known as Paradiso, Viper, the most famous prostitute of all, is found dead after being suffocated with a pillow. Her last client swears that he left her alive and well. But when her next client arrived, he found her dead. Who killed her and why? Ricciardi must untangle a complex knot of greed, frustration, jealousy, and rancor in order to solve the riddle of Viper's death. As he does, he will discover an endless trail of conflicting emotions just beneath the surface of a city that lives on passion.De Giovanni's mysteries unfold with such sinuous ease that they seem to write themselves. They enchant, surprise, and keep readers enthralled. Commissario Ricciardi, with the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death, is one of the most fascinating investigators to make his appearance in the world of international crime fiction. In Viper, the lustful and boisterous city of Naples has never been more seductive.… (more)
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Viper by Maurizio De Giovanni

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Una nuova primavera si affaccia, e tenta uomini e donne con i suoi profumi, ma anche il male è nell'aria. Manca una settimana a Pasqua nella Napoli del 1932. Al Paradiso, esclusiva casa di tolleranza nella centralissima via Chiaia, Vipera, la prostituta più famosa, è ritrovata morta, soffocata con un cuscino. L'ultimo cliente sostiene di averla lasciata ancora viva, il successivo di averla trovata già morta. Chi l'ha uccisa, e perché? Ricciardi deve districarsi in un groviglio di sentimenti e motivazioni. Avidità, frustrazione, invidia, bigottismo. Amore. La scoperta di passioni insospettabili si accompagna alla rivelazione di una città molto diversa da come appare. Sotto i nostri occhi prendono forma, vivissimi e veri, illuminati da dettagli sorprendenti, sorretti da una genuina vocazione narrativa, i mercati, i vicoli, le strade, i mestieri, la rete rigogliosa dei commerci vecchi e nuovi, accanto alla vigliaccheria e al coraggio, alle violenze arroganti di chi pensa già di essere impunito per sempre perché indossa una camicia nera. Tanto che uno dei compagni di Ricciardi, il dottor Modo, vecchio estimatore di Vipera, finisce per cacciarsi in un guaio molto serio... E il romanzo, come non mai, sembra costruirsi da solo, sotto le mani abili di chi sa dosare e mescolare gli ingredienti più diversi, come accade nelle vere ricette del periodo pasquale di cui è insaporita la storia.
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  fontanitum | Sep 15, 2021 |
Una de las pocas veces en mi vida lectora que he resuelto el.asesinato antes de terminar el libro, lo que no dice.mucho a favor de la complicacion de la trama policiaca. Aún así, me sigue gustando el.estilo de este comisario, mas centrado en la vida que le rodea que en su profesion estricta. Y me encantan las descripciones de la vida y tradiciones napolitanas, es uno de los puntos fuertes de la Serie.
A ver qué le depara al comisario la próxima entrega, porque se le ha quedado la vida amorosa en la cuerda floja.
Un rato muy agradable el que se pasa con su lectura. ( )
  naturaworld | Aug 12, 2016 |
I received a free copy through Goodreads.
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This is the first book of the Commissario Ricciardi series. I think it works well as a stand alone, although I think reading the previous books would help give a better understanding of Commissario Ricciardi himself.

Right off the bat, we start off with a murder. The death of Viper, a famous prostitute in Naples. The circumstances surrounding her death were mysterious and things aren't adding up. Who could possibly benefit from Viper's death? Well, a lot of people stand to benefit and lose from Viper's death.

For the most part I was highly intrigued by the mystery of Viper's death and the detective work of Commissario Ricciardi's team. All the attention to detail, would have been pretty rare during that time period.

We get glimpses of what Naples was like during that time period. Filled with danger (especially with Fascists listening and watching intensely) and a hint of romance.

Quite honestly, when we encountered what happened to Dr. Bruno and everything surrounding that shocking event, I got quite bored with the ending (when it came to the reveal of the killer). For most of the book, the focus was on Viper and her murder, but the incident involving Dr. Bruno happened, it shifted the focus completely away from the original storyline, leaving me highly disappointed and uncaring of the resolution of the crime.
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  Dream24 | Jan 6, 2016 |
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Naples, 1932. A week before Easter, springtime offers fragrant temptations to the men and women of Naples-but evil also lurks in the sweet-smelling spring air. At the high-class brothel in the center of town known as Paradiso, Viper, the most famous prostitute of all, is found dead after being suffocated with a pillow. Her last client swears that he left her alive and well. But when her next client arrived, he found her dead. Who killed her and why? Ricciardi must untangle a complex knot of greed, frustration, jealousy, and rancor in order to solve the riddle of Viper's death. As he does, he will discover an endless trail of conflicting emotions just beneath the surface of a city that lives on passion.De Giovanni's mysteries unfold with such sinuous ease that they seem to write themselves. They enchant, surprise, and keep readers enthralled. Commissario Ricciardi, with the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death, is one of the most fascinating investigators to make his appearance in the world of international crime fiction. In Viper, the lustful and boisterous city of Naples has never been more seductive.

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