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Out of Season: A Novel (Rocco Schiavone…

Out of Season: A Novel (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries) (edition 2018)

by Antonio Manzini (Author)

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Title:Out of Season: A Novel (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries)
Authors:Antonio Manzini (Author)
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2018), 352 pages
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Out of Season: A Novel (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries) by Antonio Manzini

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This is the first book I've read from this author. I enjoyed the book. It had a good mystery and interesting characters. The author's description of Aosta, the city where this takes place, is like another character in the book. The main character is a Deputy Police Chief who conducts his investigations in a questionalbe way at times but gets the job done. I would read another book by this author. ( )
  jumbler | Jun 19, 2018 |
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Chiara Berguet’s kidnappers meet an unfortunate end; now no one knows where the young woman has been imprisoned. Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone has his hands full trying to find Chiara while investigating a local bank and a loan sharking enterprise. And, unbeknownst to Rocco, Enzo Baiocchi has escaped from prison and is seeking revenge for the death of his brother.

In this, the third book in the series, Rocco Schiavone remains in his small-town position, still frustrated by his punishment transfer from Rome. He continues to hold conversations with his long-dead wife and remains abrasively antagonistic, rude, grumpy, and cynical. He’s also good at his job, albeit without always working within the law to achieve his purpose. However, repeatedly referenced character traits, such as Rocco’s penchant for Camel cigarettes or his ceaseless frustration over his shoes, quickly grow tiresome.

The search for the kidnapped girl keeps the suspense building in this intriguing mystery and the unfolding of the crime in this narrative is first-rate. An unexpected event late in the narrative points to what will presumably become a focus of the next book in the series but the main plot elements of the story all wrap up satisfactorily.

There’s a strong sense of place and the characters in this tale are particularly well-drawn, although the overused trope of the incompetent policeman [doubtfully representative of the Italian police force] is especially annoying.

At times, the translation from Italian seems a bit awkward, but does not impede the unfolding of the plot. However, the continual, gratuitous use of a specific offensive expletive earns this book a one star deduction in its rating.

I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Readers program ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 14, 2018 |
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Early Reviewers gives me a chance to try something new, as in this case. I had never heard of this Italian author who has written a few murder mystery best sellers. The book was fast paced, with good doses of suspense, human relations, tragedy and introspection woven in. Although the formula - irreverent, brilliant detective, etc. - has been over used, this author makes it work. The main character comes through as a genuine human being. I want to read another book in this detective series. ( )
  nmarti | Jun 13, 2018 |
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