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Already an international hit, a sly, sizzling mystery—the first in a sensational crime series—set in the Italian Alps, reminiscent of the works of Andrea Camilleri, D. A. Mishani, Donna Leon, and Henning Mankell.

Getting into serious trouble with the wrong people, deputy prefect of police Rocco Schiavone is exiled to Aosta, a small, touristy alpine town far from his beloved Rome. The sophisticated and crotchety Roman despises mountains, snow, and the provincial locals as much as he disdains his superiors and their petty rules. But he loves solving crimes.

When a mangled body has been discovered on a ski run above Champoluc, Rocco immediately faces his first challenge—identifying the victim, a complex procedure complicated by his ignorance of the customs, dialect, and history of his new home. Proud and undaunted, Rocco makes his way among the ski runs, mountain huts, and aerial tramways, meeting ski instructors, Alpine guides, the hardworking, enigmatic folk of Aosta, and a few beautiful locals eager to give him a warm welcome.

It won't be easy, this mountain life, especially with a corpse or two in the mix. But then there's nothing that makes Rocco feel more at home than an investigation.

An insightful observer of human nature, Antonio Manzini writes with sly humor and a dash of irony, and introduces an irresistible hero—a fascinating blend of swagger, machismo, and vulnerability—in a colorful and atmospheric crime mystery series that is European crime fiction at its best.

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Getting into serious trouble with the wrong people, deputy prefect of police Rocco Schiavone is exiled to Aosta, a small, touristy alpine town far from his beloved Rome. The sophisticated and crotchety Roman despises mountains, snow, and the provincial locals as much as he disdains his superiors and their petty rules. But he loves solving crimes.

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Getting into serious trouble with the wrong people, deputy prefect of police Rocco Schiavone is exiled to Aosta, a small, touristy alpine town far from his beloved Rome. The sophisticated and crotchety Roman despises mountains, snow, and the provincial locals as much as he disdains his superiors and their petty rules. But he loves solving crimes.

When a mangled body has been discovered on a ski run above Champoluc, Rocco immediately faces his first challenge—identifying the victim, a complex procedure complicated by his ignorance of the customs, dialect, and history of his new home. Proud and undaunted, Rocco makes his way among the ski runs, mountain huts, and aerial tramways, meeting ski instructors, Alpine guides, the hardworking, enigmatic folk of Aosta, and a few beautiful locals eager to give him a warm welcome.

It won't be easy, this mountain life, especially with a corpse or two in the mix. But then there's nothing that makes Rocco feel more at home than an investigation.

An insightful observer of human nature, Antonio Manzini writes with sly humor and a dash of irony, and introduces an irresistible hero—a fascinating blend of swagger, machismo, and vulnerability—in a colorful and atmospheric crime mystery series that is European crime fiction at its best.

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      • source: Suspense Magazine
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        "Written in a style both colorful and ironic, author Manzini proves himself a great storyteller." — Suspense Magazine

        "Don't miss Black Run for the excitement, suspense, and yes, horror of a fine mystery. And meet Rocco who is a man who makes and breaks his own rules." — Bookloons.com

        "The ranks of impressive Euro Noir novelists is swelled by the gritty Antonio Manzini, whose Black Run may sport epigraphs from Schilller and Mayakovsky, but underlines its genre-credentials with a superstructure of diamond-hard crime writing..this is lacerating stuff." — Financial Times

        "Manzini's detective story is a pretext for talking brilliantly about Italian society." — Andrea Camilleri

        "What keeps the reader glued to the story is Rocco. He's fascinating in his contradictions...Fans of Andrea Camilleri's Sicily-set "Inspector Montalbano" series will enjoy this debut mystery for its sly humor, vividly drawn characters, and amusing cultural clashes between rugged mountaineers and the more urbane southerner." — Library Journal (starred review)

        "At last a detective who's not haunted by personal demons or soaked in booze...He's a coarse, violent and engaging policeman who would not be out of place in a James Ellroy masterpiece. The tale is deftly told with sharp, cynical dialogue. Let's hear more of Schiavone." — Daily Mail (London)

        "Antonio Manzini has created an Italian detective to rival Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano with deputy chief Rocco Schiavone." — GQ

        "Arresting murder mystery." — Monocle magazine

        "Forget Montalbano. Commisario Rocco Schivone is grievous, coarse, violent ... Wonderful, heartbreaking."' — L'Uomo Vogue

        "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

        "Rocco Schivone is as bad a cop as Lt. Kojak. Dishonest, potentially violent, intolerant of the rules, but he also has a talent for the job he does ... an unusual character ... Noir with a touch of dark irony." — Repubblica

        "Fine humor and satire...BLACK RUN is set in a beautifully described area of Italy's ski resort region, with excellent characterizations and plot lines, genuinely funny asides and running tirades from Rocco, a truly good story, written with style and flair." — Over My Dead Body (blog)

        "A fascinating mystery...Manzini is a mature and polished writer...very good at what he does." — Reviewing the Evidence

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        Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, the urbane but unlikable protagonist of Manzini’s English-language debut, has been exiled to the town of Aosta in the Alps after a dustup with his superiors in Rome. As casually arrogant as any Manhattanite forced to endure time away from N.Y.C., he hates the cold and the provincials. What keeps him going is investigating crime, and he’s delighted to learn that a body, impossibly mangled, has been discovered by a man grooming a mountain after the day’s skiing is done. Schiavone searches for the murderer among a large cast of suspects, all familiar to one another in the small community and many of them related. An inspired sleuth, he’s also short-tempered, abusive, and mildly corrupt. The largely comic tone is at odds with the case’s gruesome, grisly reality, but many readers will enjoy the unfamiliar Alpine setting and the generally engaging plot.

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        April 1, 2015

        With his Clark's desert boots and his Roman ways, Deputy Prefect of Police Rocco Schiavone is a fish out of water in the Alpine town of Aosta, where he has been transferred for disciplinary reasons. Contemptuous of his new home and its reserved citizens, the brusque detective comes alive when a mangled corpse is found on one of the pistes above the ski resort of Champuloc. Working to identify the body and find the killer, Rocco deals with incompetent underlings and petty superiors, grills meek postmasters and arrogant ski instructors, and beds the local women who find him alluring in spite of his crankiness. VERDICT The mystery here is almost beside the point; what keeps the reader glued to the story is Rocco. He's fascinating in his contradictions--sarcastic yet haunted, undaunted in his pursuit of justice yet also slightly underhanded in his methods. Fans of Andrea Camilleri's Sicily-set "Inspector Montalbano" series will enjoy this debut mystery for its sly humor, vividly drawn characters, and amusing cultural clashes between rugged mountaineers and the more urbane southerner. [See "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/15.--Ed.]--Wilda Williams, Library Journal

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        February 15, 2015
        Manzini's first English translation presents an irascible policeman who'd rather be back among the fleshpots of his beloved Rome than clambering over a piste in an Alpine resort collecting evidence in a snowy murder case.The mangled corpse that tears Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone from the side of his mistress, Nora, is identifiable only by a tattoo that matches that of the dead man's wife and business partner, Luisa Pec. Leone Micchiche, the husband who never came home the night before, had been married barely a year, but already he and Luisa had big plans. They ran Belle Cuneaz, a successful mountainside bar and trattoria that catered to the tourist trade. Leone wanted to sell some properties he held jointly with his brother Domenico in order to raise further working capital. Luisa had recently discovered that she was pregnant. All that ended when someone shoved a handkerchief into Leone's mouth, covered him in snow and abandoned him to his fate, which as it turned out was to be run over by a snowcat operator whose machine tore the body to pieces. Rocco's interest in whodunit is dwarfed by his interest in arranging with his old friend Sebastiano Cecchetti to skim his cut from a marijuana shipment they plan to confiscate, or purchasing appropriate shoes for his unwelcome new case, or making time with the attractive clerk who sells him the shoes, or getting reassigned to Rome at the first opportunity, or joining his long-suffering wife, Marina, in dreaming about Rome in the meantime-though his interests in the Eternal City are clearly different from hers. The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco's detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone's funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste.

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